Andoro’s Pizzeria

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I first read about Andoro’s sometime earlier this year – I think the story was mostly about how Andoro’s shares a restaurant building with Scramblers on West Chestnut Expressway.  It makes sense to me as Scramblers is only open for breakfast & lunch and Andoro’s is open for lunch and dinner.   In this way the building gets fully utilized.  At lunch you can order from either menu.  The sharing arrangement seems to work well for them.

According to back of the menu, Andoro’s original location is in St. Peters, MO and has been a family owned place since the 50’s.  Tony is the head guy here in Springfield, I’m not sure what the family relation is though.

As of this review, I’ve been to Andoro’s twice.  Once for dinner with family and a second time for lunch with my friend David.  The printed menu lists some appetizers, two kinds of pizza crusts, sandwiches, salads and a few pasta dishes.  There is also a white board at the front of the restaurant that lists the specials which include more Italian entrée’s as well as more sandwiches and calzones.

On my dinner visit I selected the tour of Italy ($11 I think) which included a piece of lasagna, two meatballs in red sauce and some meat stuffed pasta in a spicy red/cream (pink really) sauce.  All of the above items were very good.  I particularly liked both the red sauce and the spicy pink sauce.  The stuffed pasta was unlike anything I’ve had before – at least shape wise.  Instead of your standard ravioli shape, these were kind of like a crab Rangoon in shape.   The lasagna was good and didn’t have a copious amount of ricotta cheese (a plus in my book).  The meatballs were the looser variety (instead of being very dense) and had a good taste.

Others in the group that night ordered a thin crust pepperoni pizza and a calzone ($8).  The calzone was huge – it appears they took a large pizza crust, stuffed it with cheese and fillings, folded it over and baked it.  It was nice and brown and while I didn’t have a taste, the person who ordered it said it was really good.

The pizza was another star item.  It was a large thin crust single topping for $10.50.  While the pizza was cut into squares (must be a St. Louis thing) it was CRISPY all across the bottom!  Halleluiah!  I was able to steal a couple of pieces and on this visit – Andoro’s hit the trifecta of pizza for me: crispy crust, very good sauce, and good toppings.  The sauce was put on pretty thick which is another plus for me.  I want more of this pizza.

On my second visit I ordered the Philly cheese steak sandwich $5 and added fries for another $1.50.   The steak was cut very thin – was tender and tasted really good.  There were onions, peppers and mushrooms all grilled nicely.  It was served on a nice roll and had a very good proportion of bread to filling.  If anything the sandwich could have used a bit more cheese – but all in all it was one of the better cheese steak sandwiches I’ve had in this town.  The fries were ok.

Service during dinner was good.  I ran out of diet coke a couple of times during my lunch visit.

The décor is breakfast place with some Italian posters on the wall along with some other Italian stuff here and there.  They played Frank Sinatra over the speakers, but there is no mistaking that you are in Scramblers.  But that doesn’t really matter as I really enjoyed my food on both visits.   The restroom was clean but a bit tired in appearance.

So, if you haven’t figured it out by now, Andoro’s is now on my short list of Italian places in town.  I hope they stick around.

501a W. Chestnut Expressway – (417) 832-9092

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