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L'Andana: Now Open for Lunch

RichardA | Jan 30, 200810:46 AM

L'Andana in Burlington opened this week for lunch. I am a big fan of L'Andana so I had lunch this this week. .

The lunch menu (which is probably subject to change as they get adjusted to what works for lunch and what doesn't) has plenty of choices. You can start with a Primi, including small salads, tuna tartare or soup ($7-12). They had three sandwiches, including a BLT (with Pancetta), Open-Faced Panino (with Prosciutto & Mozzarella) or a 10oz Burger ($12-14). The Sandwiches come with french fries. There are 4 Entree Salads, frm Chicken Caesar to Watercress ($12-15).

There are five different Pasta dishes, similar to what they have at dinner ($12-15). You can also order a Chicken Milanese ($17), similar to their dinner Veal Milanese. There are three wood-grilled entrees, including Swordfish, Chicken and Ribeye ($17-19). You can even get an order of their Truffle-Parmesan fries ($7).

They do give you their warm bread with oil and tomatoes at lunch. And they are quite willing to bring you more if you want. I enjoy this bread and was glad to see it offered for lunch as well.

We began our meal splitting an order of Maccheroncelli ($15) which is American Wagyu meatballs and pasta in a Chianti sauce with parmesan. I have had this before there and enjoyed it very much. We each received two meatballs with our pasta. And it was as tasty now as it was before. The Chianti sauce is especially compelling, almost like a thin gravy that has a touch of sweetness. The home-made pasta was cooked perfectly and the meatballs were good-sized and flavorful.

For entrees, we tried the Swordfish ($17) and the Chicken Milanese ($17). The Swordfish was a good-sized piece of fish, topped by a mound of grilled peppers and onions. The fish was fresh and flavorful, white and tender. And the veggies were excellent too. The Chicken was topped with argula, cured tomato and shaved parmesan. It was a large, thin piece of breaded chicken that was very tender. It was large enough that some people might have difficulty finishing it. The breading is very light, almost panko-like. A delicious lunch. We did get the Truffle fries as well, and they were as good as usual.

Overall, this was a very good lunch from a restaurant that I think is excelling at what it does. Prices are reasonable for the quality and quantity you receive. They are comparable to the prices for lunch at the Capital Grille. Service was excellent without being overbearing.

I will certainly return there for lunch. And they will start serving Sunday brunch in a couple weeks, starting Feb.10.

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