Andiamo, Newburyport, MA
Andiamo is set on a quiet street just a little ways from the charming downtown of Newburyport. Located in a historic house from the 19th century, this restaurant is cozy and quaint, and features high-end homemade Italian food with love. Even the steaming basket of homemade focaccia is worth the trip from the city.
We started with a Caesar salad, which featured leafy, garden-grown romaine, a not-so-creamy dressing, and anchovies, which I love. Then we created our own a flatbread with a white cream sauce as the base, broccolini, wild mushrooms, and prosciutto. I loved the flatbread set up, but thought the crust could use one more minute in the oven.
The rigatoni carbonara was amazing. The homemade tube noodles are smothered in a broth style cream sauce filled with peas, crispy pancetta bites, and pork belly. It's very decadent and I'd recommend ordering the small plate version. This is just fantastic.
We also loved the chicken parm, which was a generous portion of perfectly crisp chicken cutlet, a sweet marinara sauce, and homemade spaghetti with a hand-smashed arugula pesto, which helped cut the richness. We were too full for dessert, but they looked quite tasty.
If you find yourself in Newburyport or Chelmsford, this is a true gem.