A few years back when my fiancee was living in Eastlake, we noticed an Italian restaurant in a plaza along Lakeshore Blvd. It was sort of hidden because it was in such a large plaza. We decided to give the restaurant a try since we are always looking for our next favorite Italian restaurant. We were not disappointed and I've wanted to back for nearly two years! Finally, this past weekend we made our way back to Andaloro's Ristorante to see if things were as good as we remembered.
Our meal started out with fresh toasted Italian bread and a dipping sauce that was made of roasted red peppers, olive oil, and parsley. I could have made a meal out of bread and this sauce! I love the addition of the roasted red peppers to the standard olive oil because it added another layer of richness and flavor!
The restaurant does have a full bar in the back, but we did not get a chance to explore the drink options. We did however get to see the wine list. The wine list wasn't extravagant, but it did offer at least a few options of Red and White that are sure to please everyone but the wine connoisseur. My fiancee enjoyed a $6 glass of Chianti. I decided to pass on beverages for the evening since we were going to Willoughby Brewing Company after dinner to meet some friends.
When we arrived, we were kindly greeted and taken to a table by the door. My fiancee asked if we could sit away from the door because of the cold and we were escorted to the table of her choice. When were seated, our waitress came over promptly to go over the menu and to take our drink orders. She was around all evening, but never overbearing. Our food came out in a timely manner and it was clear that it was freshly prepared. Friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt service is always a plus and therefore I'd give Andaloro's a 4/5 for the evening.
Andaloro's is a solid Italian Restaurant that offers good food at very reasonable prices. The one thing that hurts them is the location. They are off the beaten path in a plaza, but that should not scare you away from trying this Willowick restaurant! Another plus is you can often find Restaurant.com gift certificates for this restaurant. In fact, we purchased a $25 gift certificate for only $2 recently. The only sad part was we left it at home! Oh well, I guess we'll have to go back to use it for a follow up review sometime soon!