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Andare by Cento is bringing fantastic, affordable lunch options to Hollywood

By Erin Kuschner
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If you're a pasta lover, you've probably heard about Cento Pasta Bar, the noodle-centric pop-up in Downtown's Mignon Wine Bar. Run by chef Avner Levi and Santos Uy, Cento has made a name for itself by offering twirls of spaghetti topped with uni and affordable glasses of well-curated wine. Now Levi is taking his show on the road—this time to Birch in Hollywood, where he's expanded his menu to include sandwiches, salads and desserts.

From Monday through Friday, 11am-3pm, diners can stop by Birch for Levi's chicken liver crostino ($8), ricotta gnocchi with homemade 'nduja sausage ($10), meat and veggie sandwiches ($10) and a handful of other dishes. Andare means "to go," and while you can certainly sit down and enjoy plates of luxurious pasta, there will also be the option for take-out. 

Andare soft-opened last week, but will have its grand opening on November 7 when delivery service and online ordering will launch. In the meantime, stop by for the fagiolini with porcini and hen-of-the-woods mushrooms, truffle, sausage and grana padano cheese ($15), arguably the best pasta option on Andare's current menu. And if you can take time for a longer lunch? Indulge in the airy tiramisu with mascarpone cheesecake and Kahlua. 

In addition to lunch service, Andare will host Monday dinners once a month; diners can purchase tickets to be Levi's guinea pigs as he tests out new dishes complemented with wine pairings. And Cento fans shouldn't be worried about the Downtown lunch spot going anywhere—it'll still be open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-3pm. There's enough pasta to go around, folks.

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