Meal courtesy of Amici Miei
Written by me!
Arrived to a nice surprise on a road which consists mainly of Vietnamese restaurants, conned by many as the ‘pho mile’, Amici Miei is situated just at the bottom of this road offering Italian cuisine.
Amici Miei, which translates to ‘my friends’, have been around for years offering regional dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients.
Classic italian dining ususally consists of 4 courses and by no means was this any different from Amici Miei, an extensive menu, more so on the pizza and pasta side offering classic and also unique flavours such as carbonara pizza and calzone.
We arrived at 7pm and by 8pm the entire place was full, with waiters amongst the hustle and bustle and aromatic pizzas coming straight out from the wood fire ovens. Definitely a local favourite.
Of course, we had to try one of their pizzas which have been acclaimed by many as different from your typical sourdough pizza. The dough goes through a 72 hour slow rise process and you do really taste the difference when eaten.
There is 30% off your bill all day every Monday!
I saw burrata on the menu and had to order! Also recommended by the waitress I found the burrata (with heritage tomatoes) to be one of the freshest I’ve had. A pretty big portion too and definitely one for sharing. Also from the antipasti we had the Carpaccio di Polpo. This was octopus carpaccio, fennel and soft potato. The carpaccio was sliced slightly too thin but otherwise complemented the soft potatoes well.
From the pasta dishes we chose the ravioli (small) which consisted of burrata, king prawns sauced in cherry tomato, basic and garlic. Big ravioli with generous burrata filling and the prawns are wrapped in whole, the dough itself was boiled just right.
You can’t leave Amici Miei without trying the pizzas of course, so we opted for the healthier topping, mortadella. Mozzarella with a tomato base, mortadella ham and puntarelle. First time trying puntarelle which is an Italian green, light and refreshing. The toppings we chose ewere light enough to enable us to taste more of the ham and sourdough base.
Last but not least comes dessert, we had a stab at seadas di ricotta. An interesting sweet ending, warm puff pastry filled with ricotta, cinnamon and lemon zest served with honey. Not too sweet and not too heavy. The honey and lemon zest slightly masked the ricotta (but ricotta doesn’t hold too much flavour anyway). Unfortunately I wasn’t a big fan of the traditional tiramisu and could have had more coffee flavour to it, the cream was also too rich and dense for my liking.
Overall a great place for a catch up and great pasta and pizza selection. A definite recommend especially if you’re in the area.