Pizza lovers, mark July 27 (Saturday) on your calendars because this is when one of Manila’s sought-after Italian restaurants, Amici, offers an irresistible Buy 1, Take 1 on their pizzas in celebration of their anniversary. For every pizza ordered. you get to choose between two of the resto’s pizza bestsellers, the Tutta Carne or the Margherita. Promo will be available for all dine-in and take-out transactions (except City Delivery) and good while supplies last that day. Here’s the official poster:
Amici also introduced 10 new dishes during a press preview recently and we were fortunate enough to try them.Good to know quality hasn’t deteriorated for this resto ever since the Salesian priests of Don Bosco Makati turned over the ownership and management of the Italian fastfood to a private entity.
Philip Moran, the young COO of Amici Foodservice Ventures Inc., says they have in fact expanded to eight restaurants now and continue to invest in developing exciting products, hence the new dishes in the menu.
Here are some of my favorites from the tasting, starting with the pizzas of course.
The Truffle Mushroom Pizza (P430) is a vegetarian’s choice but certainly delicious. Three kinds of mushrooms – portobello, shiitake, and porcini – are incorporated in a wood-baked crust that’s also spread with mozzarella cheese and truffle oil then topped with arugula. A luxurious combination that healthy food lovers can’t miss!
The Smoked Salmon Top-Crust Pizza (P395) looked unique since it’s presented in the style of a quesadilla. Fish lovers should like this since it has smoked salmon, capers, black olives, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a bed of bechamel sauce.
Another unique offering are the Prosciutto & Artichoke Cream Pizza Roll and the Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll (both P242).
I really liked the Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti (P250) with the rich flavors of sliced Spanish chorizo sauteed in garlic and olive oil.
Not to be out-tasted was the Penne Rosa and Bacon (P250), another yummy combo of bacon, pomodoro and bechamel sauce sauteed with mushrooms, garlic and onions.
The new salad choices are the Asian Chicken Salad (P195) and the Mediterranean Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad (P195). A thumbs-up, especially if you love your greens.
There are rice dishes too if you don’t opt for pizza/pasta. And they’re just as good.
The Chicken Parmigiana (P328) is tender breaded chicken in mild tomato sauce with melted mozzarella cheese and roasted vegetables on the side.
Pork Marsala ( P332) is a plate of rolled pork slices filled with ham & cheese in a mixture of marsala wine and cream. Button mushrooms, rice pilaf and roasted veggies complete this meal.
Amici Restaurants are found in the following locations: Don Bosco Makati; Tomas Morato, Quezon City; SM Megamall Atrium, Mandaluyong City; Greenhills, San Juan; Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City; Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City; Venice Piazza, McKinley Hill; and UP Ayala Technohub, Quezon City.
For contact details and more information, visit www.amici.ph