Andrea Covino trained and cooked in his native Naples, Italy, before coming to the United States in 1987. He became the Executive Chef at Philadelphia’s Girasole when it opened in 1991, and also ran the kitchen of Girasole in Atlantic City until 1996. After a couple more stops, he opened his own place in 2004 in Newfield. In 2005, he opened Andrea Trattoria Italiana II in Sea Isle City .
In 2012, Andrea moved the Newfield restaurant to downtown Millville, into the heart of the Millville Arts District close to the newly renovated Levoy Theater. Even though the location was new, the menu stayed the same. “We never even changed the menu from Newfield to here because most of the stuff we have is what the customers really like,” Covino says.
The menu features traditional fare from Naples, Italy. And, in true trattoria fashion, Andrea Trattoria Italiana is a family-run operation. Andrea Covino runs the kitchen, while his wife, Lucy, runs the front of house. Chef Sergio Herrera not only runs Andrea Trattoria Italiana II in Sea Isle City; he’s also Andrea’s brother-in-law.