Come for the Food: Experience Italian and Southern Fusion at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen Memphis

Italian and Southern Fusion at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen chefs hard at work

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman hard at work at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen sign

Fine dining at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen. Photo by Justin Fox Burks.

What happens when you have two born and bred Memphis boys from large Italian families who promise each other, as children, that they’ll open a restaurant together one day in their hometown? Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, the flagship eatery from chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman, is the culmination of years of planning and dreaming by two boys who always knew that if you want great food, Memphis is the place to be.

The restaurant is set in an old house, where Chef Ticer and Chef Hudman wanted diners to feel as though they were eating at their own grandmother’s home. It’s upscale without being fussy, and the décor is warm and comfortable. The cuisine at this popular East Memphis establishment blends Chef Ticer’s and Chef Hudman’s Southern upbringing with their Italian background.

The menu is broken down into four sections: Starters, Pastas, Entrees and Desserts. One of the most popular appetizers is the A|M Breakfast, the chefs’ take on a classic Southern breakfast, bacon, eggs and grits. Their version features polenta, pork belly, a soft poached eggs and housemade pork rinds. For pasta, you can’t go wrong with Maw Maw’s ravioli topped with a rich, meaty sauce they call “gravy.” Main dishes rotate every couple of months, but there is always at pork option, a chicken dish, a beef choice and a couple of seafood entrees. So, pick your favorite protein, sit back and enjoy a thoughtfully presented and flavorful dish, expertly paired with seasonal accompaniments. Make sure to save room for dessert. You won’t go wrong with any choice, although our personal favorite is the A|M cannoli with limoncello and raspberry sauce.

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen is also known for unique specialty cocktails with housemade bitters and syrups. They offer classics like negroni, sazerac, milk punch and the A|M martini, as well as some items that are a little more out of the box like the Basil Limonata (vodka, lime, basil and salt), Orchards and the Field (gin, aperol, spiced simple syrup, grapefruit and cinnamon), and the Bicyclette (campari, pinot grigio and lemon). The restaurant also features an extensive wine and beer list.

Dinner at Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen is the perfect way to end a day of exploring some great outdoor East Memphis attractions like the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Botanic Garden and the Lichterman Nature Center. If you’re looking for nearby accommodations, check out the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel or the Courtyard Marriott Memphis East.