Today is: Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Andrea's Restaurant Review
The Lobby Entrance
The Bar at Andrea
While it may be physically impossible to bring an Italian restaurant to Newport
Beach, Chef Gianluca ReFraschini and Sous Chef Derik Brooks have come remarkably
close. The charming ambiance hints of old world Italy, while the
aromatic and flavorful
dishes exude authenticity. Anyone considering an
escape to Italy should first pay
a visit to this local favorite.
Champagne and Signature Drinks
After enjoying a glass of Brunello di Montalcino Col’Doncia a magnificently red
Italian wine, we began our unforgettable meal with Antipasto e Insalate, first
sampled the Carciofi Brasati, Salsa Verde; a braised artichoke
with parsley and bread crumbs.
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
The second, featured exceptionally tasty the Melanzane
one of the best eggplant with fresh tomato salse we have ever tasted.
Insalata di Carpaccio di Manzo
Next the Insalata di Carpaccio di Manzo, with polenta croutons, and
the great thing about these appetizers, was
that you can enjoy them all without
Prosciutto di San Daniele al Coltello
And the last one was the Prosciutto di San Daniele al Coltello, con
Gnoccho Fritto, a 18 month cured, San Daniele Prosciutto hand sliced
served with Romagna bread and Taggiasca Olives, a sensational
way to enjoy the best
ham in the entire world, this was one of the
best appetizer selections we could
Of course, there were Pizzas, Soups and Salads but were told to escape and
try Chef’s amazing creation of their home made pastas, and risottos,
so next came
their signature Risotto of Wild Mushrooms with a trio of
cheeses; Chantrel, Black
Trumpet, Hen of the Woods and Porcini.
Preparing the Risotto
Risotto for Two
Also the presentation is amazing, they bring
table the entire Parmeggiano Regiano cheese, where your
risotto is finally
prepared and served to you.
An amazing and unique
way to enjoy the best risotto
in town, and to
enjoy dish fantastic dish, we were
sampling their fabulous wine
Super Tuscan which paired perfectly with our meal.
Gnocchi with Truffles
Ravioli di Ricotta
Another 2 delicious pastas were
presented for our tasting; the Gnocchi con Fonduta
di Parmigiano e Tartufo Nero
di Norcia, the gnocchi was super soft with a delicious taste and aroma of the truffles
and my favorite the Ravioli di Ricotta, Spinaci, Burro
e Salvia, a great portion
of ravioli filled with ricotta, and a simple but delicious butter and sage sauce,
one of the finest versions of pastas that we have ever tasted.
Rack of Lamb Garnished with Olive Oil and Potatoes
The service we received throughout our visit was masterful, and highly attentive
our every need. The entrees arrived as we sipped our wine and we were dazzled
by their attractive presentation and mouthwatering aroma. My guest’s Carre’
al forno Patate all’Olio d’Oliva, sugo naturale was fantastically
jus and garnished with olive oil and potatoes. The meat
juice and exquisite rendition
of properly prepared oven roasted
of Lamb. The dish was aromatic and delicate
as well as being so substantial in quantity.
Pan Seared Turbot Fish
I am a fish lover, so I
tried their signature the Pan Seared Turbot Fish,
with White Wine, Young Spinach,
Spring Onion Salad. A very
taste and delicate fish, that reminded me of a Sea bass.
Dessert Samplers of Fruit and Chocolate Gelatos
Sous Chef Derik Brooks capped off our meal with a dessert sampler consisting of a
dense and the most amazing selection of Gelatos. As Andrea, their gelato
daily in their Laboratorio del Gelato which is an authentic artisan
rich whole milk, organic eggs and fresh seasonal fruit.
We also tasted their amazing
Arabica Tiramisu. We finished
the feast with a glass of
perfectly aged Port
wine, a classic
after dinner wine that is an Italian favorite.
Fantastic Ports Wines
Vintage Balsamic Vinegar
As we quietly sat by candlelight for a few additional moments, I realized that Andrea
Restaurant was both the perfect place to visit for an artful introduction to true
Italian cuisine, or to reminisce over a long past Italian holiday. The only question
with such delicious and authentic food available right here in Newport
why bother with the long, expensive flight to Italy?
For more information please visit their website at
www.pelicanhill.com or call 800-820-6800
For map and location click Here!
Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx
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