Amici - Going Italian in Alabang
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Amici - Going Italian in Alabang

Friday, July 8, 2011

Amici Tutta Carne
My family and I decided to go Italian for our lunch, so we headed to the 2nd floor of Alabang Town Center and walked right into Amici. The set-up of the place is a cross between a canteen and a restaurant. Booths were lined up to the right, while tables and chairs were situated at the left side. You can see a big water fountain in a corner with clean glasses arranged on one side, just a bit more sophisticated than those of food courts, but a canteen fountain just the same.

Amici menu
It used to be that Amici was a semi self-service resto when it first opened in ATC. You line up in front of the counter, choose your meal and pay for it, then find a table and wait for them to serve you your fare. Lately though, waiters now attend to your orders directly at your table.

Story of Amici
The story of how Amici first started is published in their menu for diners to be able to understand and appreciate the food they offer. It started as a canteen that aimed to serve good dishes to the employees of Don Bosco Printing Press. From coffee and gelato, they then served wood-fire oven baked pizzas and homemade pastas, and eventually catered to the students of Don Bosco. News of good Italian cuisine served in a canteen setting spread all over Metro Manila, and Amici would find itself packed daily with people from all walks of life. And thus, the story continues with their branches in ATC, Greenhills, SM City North EDSA, Tomas Morato, Ayala Triangle Gardens and SM Megamall.

Amici Linguine Fantastico Pasta
I asked the waiter what pasta dish he would recommend, and he suggested the Linguine Fantastico Pasta (P270). It has prosciutto, stewed tomatoes, olives and garlic. I'm not an olives fan though so I had them removed. To say that the pasta was tomatoey is a bit of an understatement. I love tomatoes but this one had me yearning for some white sauce, if only to forget the acidic taste even for a few minutes. The prosciutto was lump after lump of salty ham, and the garlic slices were a bit bigger than I would have wanted.

Amici Risotto di Maiale Croccante
The Risotto di Maiale Croccante (P275) I liked very much. It's crispy pork strips topped over caramelized onion flavored risotto. I love the creaminess of the risotto and the sweetness of the caramelized onions as it gives a nice balance to the pork's seasoning. I could finish off the whole plate in spite of it being a heavy dish.

Amici Riso al Salto con Zuppa di Pesce
The Riso al Salto con Zuppa di Pesce (P295) is a seafood chowder and saffron flavored risotto. Though the fried outer layer of the risotto gave it texture, it still lacked flavor. The clams and mussels were nothing out of the ordinary and as far as I know, chowder is supposed to be a thick soup, and this wasn't at all.

Amici Tutta Carne 2

Amici Tutta Carne slice
For pizza, we chose the Tutta Carne (P340) which had italian sausage, ham and pepperoni. As always, you could never go wrong with an all meat pizza. The sauce was a bit tomatoey but in a good way this time since the sweetness of the ham meshes well with it. The crust was thin and crispy, and the cheese had that gooey texture which is always nice.

Amici Pollo Arrostito
I loved the Pollo Arrostito (P280) which is baked rosemary half chicken served with vegetables. The chicken was so tender and juicy, with the rosemary giving it an aromatic flavor. It was too big a portion for me though; it can be shared between 2 persons.

Amici Rootbeer Pitcher
They offer sodas in can, by the glass or by the pitcher (P150), and you can opt to go bottomless as well. They also serve beer, coffee and tea.

Amici Caramia
Caramia is Amici's brand name for its gelatos.

Amici Gelato
The display case boasts of different flavored gelato like pistachio, Nocciola (hazelnut), tiramisu, sans rival and Guianduia (choco hazelnut). Aside from gelato, they have sorbetto in mango, lychee and coconut flavor. I'll give you a heads up though. Don't rely on the menu's picture as the actual item served to you. In the menu, they show 2 scoops of sorbetto in a high stemmed dessert glass, but the actual dessert served is just one scoop in a small plastic cup. So that's P75 for a very small scoop of sorbetto, quite pricey I must say.

Amici Gelato Cakes
Their gelato cakes I have yet to try, but they all look scrumptious though. Just looking at the cakes and reading the flavors like Choco Sans Rival, Merry Berries, Mango Sans Rival, Spumoni Surprise (a combination of strawberry, pistachio and chocolate), Banana Blast (banana, strawberry and chocolate), Mango Symphony, Choco Tartufo, and Peach Walnut Passion is enough to make you forget any diet you may have.


[pinkc00kies] said...

love the tutta carne pizza and aglio olio or spinach linguine pomodoro! :D

Gita Asuncion said...

we used to frequent Amici when it was still in Don Bosco, Makati. prices were waaaaay waaaaay lower then. and i think the food was also much better tasting than now.
ive tried Amici in Megamall. it is still good naman. one of the better italian restaus pa din. sana lang, for the price, they'd do away with the canteen set up na. ang mahal na for a self serve dining.

entrepgirl said...

well now, they serve you na talaga. no more self-service, but still a bit pricey. :)

J said...

The Risotto di Maiale Croccante looks so good... might have to try that when I visit the country. Awesome pics, too!

entrepgirl said...

thanks J! i love taking pictures of food. :)

peachkins said...

Thank you for dropping by my blog..I think it's my first time here.. Liked your FB page...

Will certainly be back for more...

anney said...

I love olives! I prefer the black ones but I eat both. Bigla akong nagutom sa post mo! hehehe!

onyxx said...

Italian on a rainy day sounds like a divine combination. i just woke up, but reading your post just kick-started my metabolism :)

entrepgirl said...

thanks guys! :)

00+the iconoclast+00 said...

Romance and romance with food reminds you always of Italian cuisine. I love olives too not just because of its taste but the health benefits you get from it. Sarap

:@) 2 said...

Honestly their food quality went way down when they got bought out. It's still pretty good but the amici of old was spectacular... its still pretty affordable for decent italian food though so not really one to complain. Still love the gelato so + points.

Thanks for visiting pigout philippines entrepgirl :)

p. cook said...

I like restaurants that publish their stories. That kinda gives them greater depth and personality. Amici hasn't reached our city yet. Although the food looks good, I'm not sure it'll survive here. There are now tons of pizza houses here. :)

Yedy Calaguas said...

I love Amici's Tutta Carne! I'm craving now, good thing we have Amici here in San Juan. Thanks for sharing this post :)

Smarla said...

Honestly I've never been to ATC :P Buti na lang maraming branches ang Amici. Yes, you should try their cakes din. Masarap! We tried their Chocolate Tartufo -yuuuum! :D

Tetcha said...

Amici is one of our favorite Italian restaurants, too! We miss eating there!

My Sassy Chef said...

Ate at Amici before when I was still practicing target shooting at the Fort.. It's near the PNSA..:) I love their food and their gelato even before Caramia was introduced :)

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