Andiamo Italian offers a 'twist' on traditional Italian food

WhatsOn Oct 17, 2019 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

The 2019 summer may be a distant memory, but the Andiamo Italian experience will keep rolling through the winter.

The Andiamo Italian food truck, in its second year of operation, has been a “magnifico” presence during the Ancaster Farmers Market where it has been a food vendor staple during the season - the market had its last 2019 date Oct. 16 - and throughout the Greater Toronto Area this summer providing fresh, local Italian food “with a twist” to hungry customers.

“Our season was pretty good, better than last year,” said owner Alex Woodley-Batogh, 23.

Woodley-Batogh has been offering a selection of Italian food classics, such as chicken and meatball parmesan on a ciabatta slider; fresh pasta, from penne to rigatoni with meatballs, chicken or however you like it; seasonal salads, either Caesar or arugula with ingredients fresh from the local market; and one of the most intriguing dishes, Italian poutine.

“That is one of our more popular items, which is marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on top of fries,” he said, a much different take on the usual beef gravy and cheese curds over fries.

Woodley-Batogh said another crowd-pleasing offering is the fried ravioli on a stick. 

“That’s probably our most popular item,” he said.

While the food truck, which started in February 2018, is expected to be left in the driveway in November, Andiamo Italian switches to its emerging catering service during the winter months.

“We are starting to realize catering is more our niche for Hamilton,” said Woodley-Batogh, who lives in Ancaster. “This year, we have been focusing more on catering, community events, along with events in general across the GTA.”

Woodley-Batogh said, starting this year, Andiamo Italian will be offering a new menu for the catering service, especially for people who want to pick up their orders.

It will be on the company’s website and social media accounts soon, he said.

Woodley-Batogh said food for catering springs from artisanal products, locally sourced that are custom-made for clients.

“When we are at events, we try to keep it simple so there is something for everyone,” he said. “The options are varied from the heavy meat eater to vegans and vegetarians.”

Woodley-Batogh said market fresh tomatoes are used in Andiamo Italian sauces, while kale is a prominent feature in Caesar salads.

“The vegetables and produce were sourced from this market and it’s really easy to do that,” he said.

Woodley-Batogh expects to be back on the road with the food truck early in the new year. And he also wants to return to the Ancaster Farmers Market. An idea he wants to present to officials is to organize a food truck day to attract interested foodies.

“We want to do something different for the community," he said. "We had good business this year and we want to continue it.”

 

Ancaster Farmers Market sings 'amore' about Andiamo Italian's food offerings

WhatsOn Oct 17, 2019 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

The 2019 summer may be a distant memory, but the Andiamo Italian experience will keep rolling through the winter.

The Andiamo Italian food truck, in its second year of operation, has been a “magnifico” presence during the Ancaster Farmers Market where it has been a food vendor staple during the season - the market had its last 2019 date Oct. 16 - and throughout the Greater Toronto Area this summer providing fresh, local Italian food “with a twist” to hungry customers.

“Our season was pretty good, better than last year,” said owner Alex Woodley-Batogh, 23.

Woodley-Batogh has been offering a selection of Italian food classics, such as chicken and meatball parmesan on a ciabatta slider; fresh pasta, from penne to rigatoni with meatballs, chicken or however you like it; seasonal salads, either Caesar or arugula with ingredients fresh from the local market; and one of the most intriguing dishes, Italian poutine.

“That is one of our more popular items, which is marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on top of fries,” he said, a much different take on the usual beef gravy and cheese curds over fries.

Woodley-Batogh said another crowd-pleasing offering is the fried ravioli on a stick. 

“That’s probably our most popular item,” he said.

While the food truck, which started in February 2018, is expected to be left in the driveway in November, Andiamo Italian switches to its emerging catering service during the winter months.

“We are starting to realize catering is more our niche for Hamilton,” said Woodley-Batogh, who lives in Ancaster. “This year, we have been focusing more on catering, community events, along with events in general across the GTA.”

Woodley-Batogh said, starting this year, Andiamo Italian will be offering a new menu for the catering service, especially for people who want to pick up their orders.

It will be on the company’s website and social media accounts soon, he said.

Woodley-Batogh said food for catering springs from artisanal products, locally sourced that are custom-made for clients.

“When we are at events, we try to keep it simple so there is something for everyone,” he said. “The options are varied from the heavy meat eater to vegans and vegetarians.”

Woodley-Batogh said market fresh tomatoes are used in Andiamo Italian sauces, while kale is a prominent feature in Caesar salads.

“The vegetables and produce were sourced from this market and it’s really easy to do that,” he said.

Woodley-Batogh expects to be back on the road with the food truck early in the new year. And he also wants to return to the Ancaster Farmers Market. An idea he wants to present to officials is to organize a food truck day to attract interested foodies.

“We want to do something different for the community," he said. "We had good business this year and we want to continue it.”

 

Ancaster Farmers Market sings 'amore' about Andiamo Italian's food offerings

WhatsOn Oct 17, 2019 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

The 2019 summer may be a distant memory, but the Andiamo Italian experience will keep rolling through the winter.

The Andiamo Italian food truck, in its second year of operation, has been a “magnifico” presence during the Ancaster Farmers Market where it has been a food vendor staple during the season - the market had its last 2019 date Oct. 16 - and throughout the Greater Toronto Area this summer providing fresh, local Italian food “with a twist” to hungry customers.

“Our season was pretty good, better than last year,” said owner Alex Woodley-Batogh, 23.

Woodley-Batogh has been offering a selection of Italian food classics, such as chicken and meatball parmesan on a ciabatta slider; fresh pasta, from penne to rigatoni with meatballs, chicken or however you like it; seasonal salads, either Caesar or arugula with ingredients fresh from the local market; and one of the most intriguing dishes, Italian poutine.

“That is one of our more popular items, which is marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese on top of fries,” he said, a much different take on the usual beef gravy and cheese curds over fries.

Woodley-Batogh said another crowd-pleasing offering is the fried ravioli on a stick. 

“That’s probably our most popular item,” he said.

While the food truck, which started in February 2018, is expected to be left in the driveway in November, Andiamo Italian switches to its emerging catering service during the winter months.

“We are starting to realize catering is more our niche for Hamilton,” said Woodley-Batogh, who lives in Ancaster. “This year, we have been focusing more on catering, community events, along with events in general across the GTA.”

Woodley-Batogh said, starting this year, Andiamo Italian will be offering a new menu for the catering service, especially for people who want to pick up their orders.

It will be on the company’s website and social media accounts soon, he said.

Woodley-Batogh said food for catering springs from artisanal products, locally sourced that are custom-made for clients.

“When we are at events, we try to keep it simple so there is something for everyone,” he said. “The options are varied from the heavy meat eater to vegans and vegetarians.”

Woodley-Batogh said market fresh tomatoes are used in Andiamo Italian sauces, while kale is a prominent feature in Caesar salads.

“The vegetables and produce were sourced from this market and it’s really easy to do that,” he said.

Woodley-Batogh expects to be back on the road with the food truck early in the new year. And he also wants to return to the Ancaster Farmers Market. An idea he wants to present to officials is to organize a food truck day to attract interested foodies.

“We want to do something different for the community," he said. "We had good business this year and we want to continue it.”