WARREN, Mich., May 12, 2009 /PRNewswire/ — Joe Vicari, President and CEO of Andiamo Restaurant Group, has announced the introduction of Andiamo Lean, delicious new menu items where healthy living and fine dining meet, available at all 11 Andiamo locations.
A delicious selection of health-inspired menu items for the Andiamo Restaurant Group has been developed through a collaboration with Andiamo Corporate Chef, Jim Oppat and Board Certified Physician Nutrition Specialist and Medical Director, Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management, St Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, Dr. Tom M. Rifai. Using the science of low-calorie density they have created generously portioned, full-flavored meals prepared with the Andiamo signature flair, 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. Dr. Rifai has created a nutritional roadmap and Chef Jim has masterfully navigated the ability to reduce salt and reduce added oil with well thought out spices and flavorings specific to the fish, chicken, bison or vegetarian dishes created.
“This addition to our menu is reflective of a greater emphasis on wellness, said 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.
More information on the program, the menu, and the seminars is available at www.andiamoitalia.com.
The Andiamo Restaurant Group is Detroit area’s premier chain of authentic Italian restaurants with 11 locations in the tri-county area. Joe Vicari, President and CEO created the restaurant group with an emphasis on fresh foods used to prepare consistently high-quality food served with the utmost professionalism.
Source: Andiamo Restaurant Group
CONTACT: Zina Kramer for Andiamo Restaurant Group, +1-248-709-0963