Despite finding themselves without a home in West Chester, Maria van Schaijik and Anthony Andiario still packed their stuff and headed from Phoenix to the borough to open Andiario, a restaurant on Gay Street, writes Adam Erace for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Turns out the house we rented was actually for sale, and someone had taken it and listed it as a rental,” said Andiario. “It was a stupid scam that if either of us had less on our plates at the moment, we would have caught it.”
The couple had lived in Phoenix for 15 years but decided to split their time between their parents’ homes in West Chester and the Poconos. Their restaurant opened in March with Andiario as the chef and his wife as the manager.
The interior of the restaurant is a family affair with art by Andiario’s brother Angelo, a digital photographer. Also, the maple pasta table was created by his other brother Chris, who is a carpenter.
The menu is dominated by Andiario’s favorites, including three types of handmade pasta, but the owners make it clear that it is not an Italian restaurant.
“We want to be known as a Pennsylvania restaurant, showcasing the best of what the state has to offer,” said Andiario.
Read more about the new restaurant in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.