Location: 2-42 3 Chome Futagoyama Chuo ku Sapporo
Reservations: Essential ( reservations can be made in English)
Offer Details: Available for dinner from Monday to Sunday, anytime.
Ristorante Andrea is one of Sapporo's hidden treasures. It is the oldest Italian restaurant in Sapporo, founded in 1981, when the chef and owner of the restaurant, Andrea Matsumoto came to Sapporo after working for 10 years in some Italy's finest hotels and restaurants. Ristorante Andrea is located in the lower ground floor of the Mana Chapel building, in central Sapporo.
The large wine rack near the entrance, the Italian paintings decorating the walls and the background music create the ambience of Italy. You will certainly feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the entertainment area just 3 minutes away. The dining room is elegant, with ample breathing room between tables. The large floor space makes the restaurant accessible to large groups. This is a great place to celebrate special occasions such as weddings and birthdays as the owner of the restaurant really knows how to make you feel special. The restaurant is also ideal for people who want to have a leisurely “slow food” dinner. Each dish in the course is served one at a time and is beautifully presented.
The chef uses the freshest and finest ingredients to make absolutely delicious Italian cuisine. Vegetables are mainly sourced locally and where possible organic. The seafood is from the waters of Hokkaido and the beef from a Japanese short horned cattle farm in Iwate prefecture on the mainland. Even simple items such as the antipasto and bread are simply delicious due to the high quality of the ingredients. Although the chef makes some of the all time favorites, such as pizza, lasagne and ravioli, the chef's real passion lies in using these fresh and high quality ingredients to make haute Italian cuisine.
Although ala carte menus are available, the easiest option is to work from one of Andrea’s set meals, the cheapest at 6000 yen and the most expensive at 10 000 yen (drinks included in this price). Unless you are vegetarian or have eating restrictions, leaving the dishes in each course to the discretion of the chef is recommended. A delicious dessert and coffee is served at the end of the meal, if you can fit it in. All the dishes are not delicate tidbits but are very generous helpings, and thus eating at Ristorante Andrea is definitely not for the faint hearted!