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News of a new Italian restaurant opening doesn't exactly set hearts aflutter around here, but the chef of Vino E Olio, Andrea Menichetti, brings with him an uncommonly strong culinary background. Part of it is in his genes: His father Maurizio Menichetti, a sommelier and vineyard owner, along with his mother, Valeria Piccini, founded a famed restaurant (Da Caino) in Maremma, Italy. Each parent has received two Michelin stars, which doesn't technically make Andrea a 4-star Michelin chef, but it does suggest that he learned an awful lot about cooking while growing up.
Vino E Olio will be Andrea's first restaurant, and promises to feature "produce, cheeses, and meats that come from small local producers", as well as wines from his father's vineyard. Andrea's signature dishes include Tortelli Cacio e Pere, or tortelli pasta stuffed with sheep cheese and pears; and, for dessert, almond cannoli with chocolate mousse and Grand Marnier cream.
|Tuscan chef Andrea Menichetti|
|Two views of the outdoor lounge|