Andolini’s plans party space at new West Ashley location

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Pizza has been associated with parties at least as far back as 1958, when Lou Monte released his Songs for Pizza Lovers LP, but Andolini’s is looking to make the relationship official at its new West Ashley location.

The restaurant at 1117 Savannah Highway lost its lease to Starbucks, forcing the move to the building at 1940 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. that previously housed Tenichi Buffet & Grill. “Though we didn’t want or ask to move, we are very excited about the new space,” Andolini’s owner David Odle says. According to Odle, plans include a private dining room that can accommodate up to 100 people.

While Andolini’s will offer food service to groups that request it, the room will also be available to event planners who want to circumvent Andolini’s menu.

“Our kitchen will be set up to allow caterers to either bring in their pre-cooked food or prepare foods from scratch in our spacious kitchen,” Odle explains. “We think that we can help fill the void in West Ashley meeting and party venues.”

In addition to the event space, the new Andolini’s will feature new menu items, outdoor seating and “a casual bar with lots of draft beers.”

There isn’t yet a firm opening date, since restaurant renovations never stick to a predictable timeline, but Odle says Andolini’s is aiming for May 15. “We hope to be in earlier than that,” he adds. “I can say confidently we’ll be open sometime in the spring.”

Andolini’s also operates locations in North Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, which recently underwent an interior makeover.