The Detroit invasion of Las Vegas continues with the opening of Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse opening Feb. 1 at the D Las Vegas.
The Detroit version of the restaurant has served up Italian fare for more than 20 years with nine locations in the Motown area. The restaurant joins other newbies such as D Grill, which opened a month ago, and American Coney Island.
Look for appetizers such as grilled Portabella mushrooms smothered in Andiamo's Zip sauce and zesty calamari and the Andiamo Grande Meatball, a baseball-sized meatball made with fresh ricotta cheese and homemade tomato sauce.
Entrees include traditional steakhouse cuts such as bone-in New York strip, Porterhouse and filet mignon as well as the signature Andiamo Tomahawk, a 32-ounce long bone rib-eye. Steaks here are aged for 30 days. The restaurant serves beef from New York butcher Pat LaFrieda and Stockyard Premium beef, all natural Strauss Lamb and Veal and free-range chicken that is hormone and antibiotic free. The rack of lamb features a double cut of Colorado rib chops glazed with pesto sauce and dusted with Sicilian breadcrumbs while the veal all' aldo, named after the restaurant's master chef in Detroit Aldo Ottaviani, features veal tenderloin, imported prosciutto, Fontina cheese and tomato in an herbed wine sauce.
For seafood, look for classics such as Maine lobster, cold-water Scottish salmon and sea scallops. On the pasta menu, look for pappardelle with veal ragu, a hearty veal stew with handmade pasta, tomatoes and mushrooms and handmade tortelloni served with a vermouth crème sauce or homemade gnocchi in a rich Bolognese sauce.
More than 80 wines make the list here, mainly Italians.
The restaurant plans to be open from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly.
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