Chef Peter McAndrews of Paesano's - Biography

Philadelphia, PA

August 2013

Based on his name alone, Peter McAndrews wasn’t necessarily born to a future in Italian cuisine. But—fortunately for him and diners at his many restaurants—passion and circumstance conspired otherwise. McAndrews was, however, pretty obviously predisposed to a career in cooking. He had his hands in the kitchen at a very early age, and by his teens he knew the restaurant industry was going to be his professional home.

Once in his 20s, McAndrews began discovering the foods of Italy and what might be his professional home away from home. Already enamored with Italian cuisine, the young cook earned his masters degree at the Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Piemonte. He then went on to hone his craft in some of the country’s top kitchens. But it was only when he opened his first restaurant stateside, Modo Mio (or “my way”) that McAndrews truly spread his wings—and accepted his unexpected fate—as an inspired Italian chef.

Since then, his wings have spread even further with McAndrews at the top of a miniature Italian culinary empire. His restaurants—including Modo Mio, Monsu, Popolino, the kitchens at Bridgid’s, La Porta, and sandwich shops Paesano’s Philly Style—have become a home base from which McAndrews shares his full-throttle passion for all things Italian.