Established some 16 years ago, Amici (formerly, Amici di Don Bosco) was one of the first authentic Italian restaurants to open in Makati. Since, it has consistently churned out a solid mix of classic and contemporary eats every bit as delicious as they are simple.
When the Moran family bought Amici in early 2007, new life was breathed into this well-loved, Italian restaurant. It underwent a massive redesign complete with a lighter, airy aesthetic, and a revamped menu created by Executive Chef Paolo Moran.
Last week, I was invited to sample Chef Paolo Moran‘s new dishes from their limited-edition menu.
Every meal here should begin with a delicious starter. We had the Spinach Artichoke and it was excellent! Despite the considerably more spacious digs and bigger crowds, the heart and soul of Amici remains the same: Sicilian-leaning Italian plates like Pasta Nero and Seafood Diablo.
Next, we tried the Bacon and Cheese Gnocchi (pasta is handmade from scratch) tossed with Asiago and Parmesan cheeses, bacon, and basil. This dish is light, delicate, and just melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Try the new Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza (with a side serving of honey) and The Italian Burger for something straightforward and satisfying, or get your hearty protein fix via the Bistecca Striploin Steak served with your choice of 2 sides.
And whatever you do, don’t miss the desserts! The Gelato from Caramia is the exclamation point and mic drop all at once.
The new limited-edition menu showcases Chef Paolo‘s modern-yet-homey interpretation of Italian cuisine. To get the full experience, enlist a couple (okay, maybe four) dining companions to help you eat your way through the assortment of meats, pastas, and appetizers.
Amidst the plethora of Italian restaurants in Manila, Amici‘s quality and innovation sets it apart from the competition.