By Maria Wyllie
Explorebigsky.com Editorial Assistant
BIG SKY – Andiamo, an Italian restaurant located in the Big Sky Mountain Village, serves delicious food in an atmosphere inspired by Italy and Spain.
At first glance, the décor may seem odd for an on-mountain establishment; however, once you learn about some of the details – namely lithographs and line drawings from Pablo Picasso – it becomes more interesting.
Two line drawings from the Spanish master hang in the women’s bathroom, and a limited edition lithograph decorates the men’s. According to the manager, Sava Mathou, the line drawings may be originals.
Antique wooden doors from a Spanish mission open into a private dining room, and two reproductions of old bar chairs await customers in the restaurant’s entryway, their spherical backs creating an echo, which allowed businessmen in the old West to sit across from one another and clearly hear each other whispering. Other small intricacies – chairs upholstered with blue, purple, red and spotted fur, and custom Italian-style lamps – clinch the deal.
After receiving the full tour, I sat down to enjoy some après beer and gourmet pizza with the girls. The pizza menu had an endless list of toppings, and we opted for a goat cheese and pepperoni, as well as one with mozzarella, mushrooms and prosciutto.
Thin crust and mouth-watering flavor make Andiamo a great option for après skiers craving pizza, but not wanting the typical grease-soaked slice of pepperoni to go. And, rather than filling up on bread, it’s light enough to still leave you with room for dinner. Don’t miss the wine list.
Open at 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, as well as lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Andiamo is a fun, tasty option if you’re looking for an après or dinner spot on the hill.