The spaghetti-Western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of Western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of seafood, pasta, and other Italian fare at Andrea's Restaurant in Metairie.
Lauded for the fresh seafood and savory Italian fare, Andrea's sates patrons' cravings at lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, and special events. Award-winning chef and Italian native Andrea Apuzzo has worked in kitchens across the globe, creating culinary concoctions for notables including Queen Elizabeth, Clint Eastwood, and Sophia Loren. Begin the culinary journey at lunch with a dozen oysters Nettuno, fresh Louisiana oysters on the half-shell served with rémoulade and cocktail sauce ($7.50). Diners can also tempt taste buds with terrestrial fare such as a lunchtime order of saltimbocca alla romana, white veal sautéed with sage and prosciutto flamed with marsala wine ($16.50).
For the main course, seafood-filled pasta dishes abound, such as the dinnertime capelli d'angelo Andrea, salmon-tossed, vodka-flamed angel-hair pasta served in a light cream sauce and topped with caviar ($19.95), or the crabmeat ravioli ($19.90). Finish the meal on a sweet note with house-made tiramisu with handcrafted sponge cake layered with mascarpone cheese, rum, espresso, and chocolate powder ($7.50). Guests with dietary restrictions can consult the server for low-cholesterol and vegetarian dishes.
Citysearchers give Andrea’s Restaurant an average of 3.5 stars:
- The wait staff was extremely attentive and Andrea himself went to every table to ask how everything was going and how we liked the food. We could not have asked for anything more. – Nawlins Girl
- From the cocktails at the bar to the appetizers, entrees and dessert everything was delicious. It was Saturday night and the place was relaxed and not noisy at all. We felt welcomed and overall very satisfied. – espressoguy
At the tender age of 7, Andrea Apuzzo began honing his culinary skills at a bakery in his Italian hometown. "I was spoiled as a kid. We made our own olive oil and wine,” he says in a Gambit article. His breadth of knowledge expanded greatly when, at 14 years old, he embarked on a culinary adventure across Europe and South America. Now at the helm of his own restaurant, Chef Andrea applies the knowledge he learned amid the cream-hued rising loaves and on the chattering European streets.
The dishes that fill tables at the eatery have been enjoyed by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, President Carter, Sophia Loren, Clint Eastwood, and one dog that figured out how to use a credit card. To share his abilities and experiments, the chef also publishes cookbooks, which detail formulas for the award-winning pastas, fresh seafood, and steaks. Chef Andrea's bistecca pizzaiola earned a place on Esquire's 2008 list of the 20 Best Steaks in America. "Like the best Italian dishes," the article says, "its simple parts add up to an unexpectedly powerful whole."