New on the Menu: Amici's Anniversary Must-tries
This iconic restaurant presents new dishes for us to love.
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(SPOT.ph) To talk of friendship is to talk about memories-the good and the bad, warmth, comfort. It may not be the most conventional sort, but this hearty type of promise is what you'll find in this six-year-old restaurant aptly named for its role in strengthening ties over a good round of pizza and pasta. Amici (then Amici Di Don Bosco) was owned and operated by Don Bosco Makati as a cafeteria that went on to helm Italian culinary tradition albeit in a turo-turo fashion. It was the ambitions of Danny Moran in 2007 that catapulted the humble eatery into the eight-branch hangout that it is today, and like any other friendship, it continues to grow with the times.
Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad
Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll
Joining the table are 10 dishes made especially for Amici's anniversary, all featuring comfort only good Italian food can provide. The Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad (P195) plays on those Italian flavors, the unabashed flavor blue cheese radiating in the background behind the bitter coolness of arugula. Grapes, candied walnuts, and a tangy-sweet red-wine vinaigrette evens out that edge, contributing to that lip-smacking, beg-for-more goodness that makes for a good starter. Here's a little secret: try dabbing some of the leftover blue cheese from the salad on to the Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll (P242). Not that it needs that full-bodied savor: the dish works around the variety of parma ham, mushrooms, cream cheese, and arugula, tucked inside a rolled up pizza dough. It's flavorful and satisfying, with seasoning that doesn't require much for taste buds to spring to attention. The blue cheese just gives it a little extra.
There’s a pizza "pie."
Getting away with more innovation in their pizzas, Amici has also come up with the Smoked Salmon Top-crust Pizza (P395). A pie more than anything else, another layer of crust on top locks in the classical combination of salmon and capers.
Pasta is the driving force behind any Italian eatery. Amici completes their repertoire with the Penne Rosa and Bacon (P252) and Garlic Chorizo (P250). While "bacon" makes the saucy former an easy pick, it's the aromatic, garlicky, hot chorizo that will stick to your mind and have you craving in the days to come.