We were craving a good slice of pizza and didn’t want to go far. Our previous two experiences at Amici found us with good food but bad service. This time around, we got the waitress who had been there for 17 years or something like that – she was really great. We each ordered a Peroni (in my mind, one of the best beers out there – judge me all you want!) and a plate of mussels to start.
We were concerned it would be a small dish of mussels (because we eat at a lot of fancy places where $12.95 doesn’t get you much), but there was definitely bang for your buck with this dish for the price. The plate was piled high with mussels and, although a bit too salty, the garlic tomato sauce was super tasty (I used the spoon to finish it off like soup because I couldn’t stand to see it go to waste!).
We were also provided with complimentary bruschetta which was pretty good, and of course bread with garlic butter.
We ordered a large Di Mare pizza with crab, shrimp, scallops and fresh tomatoes for $26.50. Jay has been looking for a good seafood pizza and has yet to find one. This one, in his mind, could be the one if they stuck with their regular tomato sauce base to make it. It turns out, and we had to ask to be sure, that they mix seafood sauce with the tomato sauce for the base of this pizza. I didn’t mind it, although there was an uneven punch of horseradish once in a while that I didn’t love, but Jay couldn’t eat it. He ordered a small Authentic Italian instead (no photo – I was too busy eating!). When we asked the server what was in the sauce, she assumed it was just the regular tomato sauce base – she had to ask the kitchen why we were tasting horseradish. The menu should be revised so that it’s clear people know there is seafood sauce in the tomato sauce base. If you hate horseradish you won’t like this pizza. That being said, we would get it again with the regular sauce. However, I did find the pizza had a strong shrimpy taste and I couldn’t tell the difference between the little chunks of seafood on the pizza – no differentiation between crab or scallops for sure.
This was by far our best experience at Amici from the service perspective. The food was good as well, minus the fact we didn’t know there would be a different sauce on the pizza. I really think we should try this place more often. I just hope the service continues to be good.