Anducci’s (Hastings) – NOW CLOSED

Anducci’s is a sleek Italian restaurant that feels a lot like a Cactus or a Joey’s that serves up Italian dishes from soup to sandwiches, thin crust pizzas and pasta.

What I like about Anducci’s is your ability to choose your pasta and also gluten free, whole wheat and spinach pastas available.

When we arrived, we came around peak dinner time so we waited for about 5-10 minutes to be seated at the table reserved for us. There was another large party so maybe they thought we were with them as well.

The ambiance of the restaurant is stylish with it’s modern metallic bar area and keeping it fresco with earthy tones in the kitchen and warm overhead lights.

The menu is decently priced, unlike many Italian restaurants who seem to charge an arm and a leg for pasta nowadays.

A friend of mine ordered the caesar salad and it was quite a big bowl – it could easy be split among 2-3 people. The caesar dressing was enough but not too much, it had a heaps of croutons and cheese. I can’t say it was the best caesar I’ve ever had, but I can’t say it’s the worst (looking at you, White Spot.).

Before our meal came, we were served their house bread (I’m assuming it’s foccaccia). It had parmesano cheese on top and the olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the bottom. Some of the bread was more vinegary than others since the balsamic vinegar had been absorbed into the bread. The bread that wasn’t soaked in the vinegar was buttery and soft.

I ordered the Roasted Chicken Basilico with Ziti. There was a lot of thick chicken slices and artichokes in my dish. It also came with mascarpone cheese and pumpkin seeds on top which really gave my pasta it’s flavour. Unfortunately, I felt that there was not enough mascarpone cheese to flavour the entire dish, so when it was done, the rest of my pasta tasted a bland. (I actually went home and added my infamous sriracha sauce to it and it tasted just perfect!)

My husband ordered the Carnivore King Fettuccini which features a huge meatball, Italian sausage and capicola in creamy meat sauce. Out of all the dishes I tried, I think his was the best tasting. It was very dense with meat and sauce, never too much sauce and the pasta was just right. I’m not Italian, but I’m pretty sure those noodles weren’t fettuccini.

My friend ordered the lasagna and it was enormous! But we were told that they accidentally cut it too big, but my friend didn’t seem to mind at all.

Another one of my friends ordered the Laverne and Shirley Ziti consisting of chicken, prawns, garlic and caramelized onions. Although she managed to finish half her plate, she told me it left much to be desired – as if an ingredient was missing from the dish.

My friends ordered the Prosciutto and Arugula Bianca which as you can see was topped generously with both Prosciutto and Arugula. Every slice of pizza had it’s own prosciutto slice. I didn’t get to try it, but it looked interesting.

I was thinking of ordering this pizza as well, and I wish I did – sopressata, roma tomatoes, roasted garlic with asiago, gorgonzola and mozza cheese – looked so good! I didn’t get to try it though.

Food :
The food is good, the pizza looks amazing but I can’t say I’m a big fan of their pastas. Most of the guests with me agreed that their dishes left much to be desired.

Service:
Every time I’ve come here, no matter how big the party or how busy, we always seem to be waiting an unusual amount of time to be seated. No one really ever acknowledges that you’ve entered the door or even says, “I’ll be with you in a bit” – they just seem to ignore you as they run around. A gentleman stopped and asked if we were helped and said that ‘she’ would be with us in a second, but we still ended up waiting for quite a bit.

However, our waitress for the night was great – she came to check on us every so often and was very helpful.

Value : 
I have to say, this place has decent prices for the big portions they serve here. I find a lot of Italian restaurants up the prices – and it’s not even justifiable. However, you’ll probably need to ask for hot sauce for your dish because it tends to be very bland.

Ambiance: 
I do like the decorations, the colours they’ve chose and the mood lighting. The place can get quite loud, so be prepared!

Check out their menu here.

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About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!