I am quite smitten by Amici. I love the interiors of their restaurants, the cozy chairs and lighting, and the bustling kitchen open for every diner's eyes to admire. Their food presentation is just as beautiful, even their most haphazard of plating oftentimes looks like a well-thought out abstract painting. And the smells that waft through the place when you first walk in, oh, what can be more appetizing. Nothing like fresh Italian cuisine to prime a person's senses up for wonderful dining.
Risotto di Mare
The first branch I ever went to was the one in Greenhills. They opened beside Abenson, where Red Ribbon used to be. Sharing the space with Amici is Cara Mia gelateria, which I think is the dessert wing of Amici. Cara Mia serves gelato, tiramisu, brazo de mercedes, sans rival, and many other sweet treats. Amici serves upon order so you are assured that your food is always cooked fresh. Casual rather than fine dining, Amici is strictly self-service. If you want water or ice, you are free to get as much as you can from their dispenser (the kid in me enjoys pulling the lever for the ice chute).
Scampi Nel Alfredo
Prawns in creamy lemon garlic and sundried tomato sauce
Recently, Amici opened a branch at the Alabang Town Center, in the main mall, where Jollibee used to be. It is at the ATC branch where I had my first bowl of Tre Funghi soup, a "rich and warm mix of button, shitake, and porcini mushrooms". And when it says mushrooms, it really means a rough puree of mushrooms, not the usual cream of mushroom kind of soup. It has wonderful texture and an earthy creamy flavor to it. It was quite unlike any soup I've ever had. Tre Funghi had me at first sip. Together with my soup, I ordered one of their special offerings, linguini with sundried tomato and cream sauce and shrimps. I enjoyed that a lot, too. Robin on the other hand is a big fan of Amici's Risotto di Mare, which is "sauteed seafood on saffron risotto."
Don Bosco, Makati
Tomas Morato, Q.C.
Missouri St., Greenhills
SM North Edsa
Alabang Town Center
Contact No.: (02)747-1111