A selection of health-inspired menu items for Andiamo Restaurant have been developed through a collaboration with Andiamo's Corporate Chef, Jim Oppat and Board Certified Physician Nutrition Specialist and Medical Director Dr. Tom M. Rifai of St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.
Using the science of low calorie density they have created generously portioned, full-flavored meals, including appetizer and gourmet fruit dessert, for less than 600 calories. Andiamo Lean selections contain minimal saturated and no trans fat, no gluten, no soy or nut products and are low in sodium.
“This addition to our menu is reflective of a greater emphasis on wellness, said owner Joe Vicari. We are fortunate to be able to combine the talents of Chef Jim Oppat with the depth of knowledge provided by Dr. Tom M. Rifai to create additional health conscious items for our Andiamo menu. Our guests with special dietary needs can choose from an inspired menu that has combined the great taste they have come to expect from our chefs with sensitivity to numerous health issues.”
The menu will include 3 starters, 6 entrees including Bisonte Con Insalata Di Portabella, a 6 oz hand cut Bison sirloin, char grilled and topped with a portabella mushroom slaw on a bed of balsamic braised swiss chard, and Petto Di Pollo Arrostito, pan roasted chicken breast with roasted tomato fillets and fresh herbs accompanied with roasted peppers, mushrooms and onions and 4 other delectable dishes. Chef Jim Oppat and Dr. Tom Rifai have also developed a Fruit Infused Panna Cotta surrounded by fresh cut fruits and berries as the perfect dessert accompaniment to the meal.
In addition to creating the new menu items, Dr. Rifai and Chef Oppat have scheduled a series of free and informative Health and Nutrition Seminars at each Andiamo location.