One of the best places to get gelato is Amici, which is actually an Italian fare restaurant. I had the opportunity to try out their ten (yes ten!) new dishes, and I would like to share them with you.
1. Asian Chicken Salad (Php195)
One of their two new salad offers is this Asian Chicken Salad. It has breaded chicken slices, oranges, carrots and lettuce with sesame dressing. What makes this interesting is the fried wonton strips that top the salad. I really like the combination of the dressing with the oranges. This is a big salad and can definitely be shared among 2-3 diners.
2. Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad (Php195)
The second new salad offer is this Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad. As you can gather, it has crumbled blue cheese, candied walnuts, arugula, and grapes along with some lettuce. It is served with red wine vinaigrette, which is a great contrast with the candied walnuts. I enjoyed the fact that this is a completely different salad than the Asian Chicken Salad, but both are quite good in their own rights.
3. Prosciutto and Artichoke Cream Pizza Roll (Php242)
Amici introduces a new form of pizza: the pizza roll. Both of these rolls have prosciutto (thinly sliced dry-cured ham). This first roll has artichoke cream, cream cheese, prosciutto, and arugula, with reduced balsamic vinegar. This is an interesting appetizer, and can be a whole meal in itself.
4. Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll (Php242)
This second pizza roll has prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, cream cheese, and arugula served with roasted garlic dip.
5. Truffle Mushroom Pizza (Php430)
What is Amici without pizza? Their newest flavor is this decadent Truffle Mushroom Pizza, which is a pizza with portobello, shiitake, and porcini mushrooms for toppings. It also has truffle oil, mozzarella cheese, and arugula leaves. As a mushroom lover this is quite a hit for me. The cheese is also generous. This pizza overall is really quite delicious.
6. Smoked Salmon Top-Crust Pizza (Php395)
What is top-crust, you ask? It is a new style of pizza where the “toppings” are sandwiched between two incredibly thin pizza crusts. This dish has smoked salmon, capers, black olives, tomatoes, bechamel sauce, and mozzarella cheese, sandwiched between crispy crusts.
7. Penne Rosa and Bacon (Php252)
An Italian restaurant will be no such thing without pasta. The first of Amici’s new pasta dishes is Penne Rosa and Bacon, which is bacon, pomodoro, and bechamel sauce sauteed with mushrooms, garlic, and onions. I really loved this dish, and is my uncontested favorite of the ten. It doesn’t hurt that there is a generous amount of bacon in this dish.
8. Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti (Php250)
If long noodles are your thing, Amici also has a new offering that might interest you. Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti has a lot (believe me it’s really a lot!) of Spanish chorizo sauteed in garlic and olive oil. Garlic lovers will rejoice that there is a good amount of garlic in this dish.
9. Chicken Parmigiana (Php328)
Amici is now offering rice meals. The first is this gigantic plate of Chicken Parmigiana, a big slab of breaded chicken topped with tomato meat sauce and mozzarella cheese, served with rice pilaf and some roasted vegetables. My daughter loves parmigiana, and would probably enjoy this dish a lot.
10. Pork Marsala (Php332)
The second rice meal (and the last of the ten new dishes) is Pork Marsala. It is basically rolled pork filled with ham and cheese, button mushrooms, and cream, all reduced in marsala wine and served with rice pilaf and some roasted vegetables. I particularly enjoyed this dish even though it was one of the last I tried (I was quite full at this point!). This is quite tasty and the fillings are generous.
Have I enticed you yet? Wait, there’s more! (hee hee)
Amici is celebrating its anniversary this Saturday, July 27 2013, and is having a Buy 1 Take 1 Promo! For every pizza you order, you will get a free pizza (either Tutta Carne or Margherita)! This is available in all Amici branches and valid for all dine-in and take-out transactions. Remember, this is a one-day-only promo so don’t forget to catch it!
Let me also share some scenes from the launch event. [Click the pictures for a bigger size.]