Get your taste buds ready, because there’s a new restaurant joining downtown West Chester’s culinary scene this March: Andiario. Using fresh ingredients from “a network of dedicated and responsible farmers, craftsmen and purveyors within our community” to craft each dish, Andiario will consist of an evolving menu with a focus on the details and a flare for Italian.
The couple with this vision are co-owners chef Anthony Andiario and Maria van Schaijik. Chef Andiario’s experience in Phoenix, Ariz.’s respectable culinary scene, and then later working alongside James Beard Award-winner Chris Bianco, helped shape his career, but his passion for sustainable food derives from a long stint at a restaurant nestled on a 10-acre farm. There, he developed a true appreciation for the care that goes into raising animals, the skill needed for whole-animal butchery, the hard work it takes to grow fresh produce, and how these traditions ultimately lead to stellar food.
Van Schaijik developed her appreciation for the intrinsic link between a warm welcoming atmosphere and the dining experience while also working in Bianco’s restaurants. For her front-of-the-house vision, she plans to instill a seamless transition between the guests and kitchen, along with an effortlessly hospitable feel.
When it opens, the BYOB will serve dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m.
106 West Gay St., West Chester, (610) 719-3122.