Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen is an upscale digs and marvelous handcrafted cocktails. It is an elevated Italian restaurant in a house with a garden highlighting local ingredients & global ideas. The flagship restaurant of famous chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman features an excellent bar and a lovely patio (with a fireplace). Is there no reservation? Is there no date? It’s not an issue. Pass the nice dining and make your way up to the 16-seat bar. There, you may sip on a variety of homemade drinks. Allow the skilled bartenders to make the selection for you if you become overwhelmed by the plethora of excellent options. Yes, famed Memphis chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman have multiple dining and drinking businesses downtown. The duo’s initial project was Andrew Michael’s Italian Kitchen in East Memphis.
Like its acclaimed food, Andrew Michael’s cocktail program masterfully modernizes tradition. As this drink menu develops, sip everything in season. Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, Memphis natives, launched Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in 2008 to serve contemporary Italian cuisine anchored in Southern heritage. The chefs received their education at Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as the Italian Culinary Institute in Calabria, Italy. They were named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2013 and one of Starchefs.com’s 2014 contest. Pete Wells of the New York Times termed the eateries “a sibling rivalry worth getting into” in his 2013 review. The chefs’ third location, a specialty butcher shop and café opened in early 2015, equipped with classic pastries, coffee, and espresso.
Porcellino’s Craft Butcher won four stars from The Commercial Appeal and was named one of the top 50 new restaurants in 2015 by Bon Appetit. In March 2016, the chefs debuted Josephine Estelle in the Ace Hotel New Orleans. The restaurant was named one of Bon Appetit 50 Best New Restaurants in the South and one of Southern Living’s Best New Restaurants in the South. Catherine & Mary’s, the chef’s first Downtown Memphis restaurant, debuted in September 2016 and introduced their combination of grandmother cuisine, Italian dining philosophy, and southern ingredients to the city’s center. The Gray Canary, housed in the Old Dominick Distillery, debuted in January 2018 as the chefs’ second downtown restaurant. This most recent addition shows a new and innovative restaurant design, with an open kitchen, wood fire cooking with a raw bar overlooking the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis’s South Main Arts District.