Andiamo Italian Grille entered [R48R, Big Sky Resort] in 2008, bringing with it the flavors of Italy and gourmet dining. The restaurant, located in the Village Center, is now one of the most popular dining locations at the resort.

Modern art and a roomy dining room with intimate side alcoves sets the restaurant apart from the usual Montana standard of cowboy décor. The ambiance and the scents transport diners from the Rocky Mountains to Tuscany before the first course arrives at the table.

Executive chef Jody R. Koestler uses fresh sauces and fresh-made pasta. Lasagne with meat sauce, the house specialty, comes in a big bowl with different look surpassing ordinary lasagne. The meat sauce is poured over the lasagne and topped with fresh-ground parmesan cheese and lined with a strip of fresh sweet pesto alongside. Other entrees, which vary $17-33, peal off the Montana waitress's tongue as if she were Italian-chianti braised osso buco, veal scallopine, and prosciutto-wrapped salmon.

Antipasti, soups, and salads ($6-14) foreshadow the main courses. The huge Caesar salad with house-made dressing is big enough for two people to share.

Wine is served Italian-style in a little carafe and glass, rather than a tall goblet. The wine list, heavy on vintners from Italy, features reds from Tuscany, Piedmont, and Sicily. Whites hail from Trentino, Veneto, Friuli, and Lombardia. Wines run $12-174 per bottle.

The dessert tray dances with an array of edible art forms baked daily: tiramisu, three layer chocolate cake filled with chocolate mouse and topped with hazelnuts, ricotta torte with roasted almonds, chocolate lava cake, and lemon cake with meringue topping and biscotti.

Reservations are advised for dining at Andiamo. The restaurant runs après ski specials 3:30-5:30 p.m. serving 12-inch pepperoni pizzas.

More information. Or call 406-995-8041.