May 15, 2017

Amici: New Menu Launch - Ayala Triangle

Amici is an Italian term that means "a friend". When Filipinos come across Amici, many are transported back to the nostalgic times when it first started out as a cafeteria in Don Bosco, Makati. Amici di Don Bosco dates back to 2001 and was founded by Fr. Gianluigi Colombo, a Salesian Italian priest in charge of overseeing the operations of the Don Bosco Makati Printing Press. Fr Colombo introduced Italian coffee and gelato, brick-oven baked pizza and homemade pasta.

News of great Italian cuisine served turo-turo style spread like wildfire, attracting patrons from all walks of life from all over the metro. Customers experienced a certain warmth and charm, where the staff treated every customer with special attention. The legacy of Fr. Colombo providing authentic Italian cuisine for friends and family continues today with the Moran family and Executive Chef Paolo Moran at the helm. 

Chef Paolo worked in restaurant kitchens in Florence and Sicily for a year to learn the culinary traditions of true Italian cooking. Here he learned the importance of freshness to bring about the authentic flavors of Italy. Last May 6, 2017, I was invited to the launch of Amici's new menu items. These dishes are now available in Amici’s menu for a limited time.
“I’m happy to share this taste of Italy with you. My biggest satisfaction comes when I see friends and family gathered together enjoying the dishes I’ve prepared for them. Buon Appetito!” - Chef Paolo

So without further ado, here they are:

Spinach Artichoke - creamy spinach artichoke dip served with Parmesan coated pizza crust wedges. These served as our appetizer, which I was not able to taste because I arrived at the even late. Hehe.

Seafood Diablo - an absolute seafood lover's feast with a spicy kick. Clams and scallops in tomato and cream sauce on spaghetti sautéed with chili flakes and chili oil for an added spicy bite. I am not q fan of spicy food but I tried this and it was tolerable for me. The seafood flavor is very distinct which I really liked.

Pasta Nero - is Amici's squid ink pasta. Squid ink and Pomodoro sauce mixed with spaghetti and topped with crunchy calamari and garlic aioli. Love the in-your-face taste of squid in this pasta.

Bacon and Cheese Gnocchi - gnocchi, pronounced as nyok-ki, is a traditional Italian style pasta pillow made of potato with slightly chewy texture. Amici's gnocchi pasta is handmade from scratch with a sauce that is a sumptuous cheesy combination of Asiago and Parmesan cheeses topped with bacon and basil. Biting into these soft pasta pillows was heavenly. The cheese flavor was loaded, and you know I love cheese to bits so I super like this pasta. Both kids and adult will surely love it.

Spicy Italian Sausage Pizza with Honey Drizzle - spicy Italian sausage, Asiago cheese, Mozzarella, cream and caramelized onions with a side serving of honey. This is recommended to those with higher tolerance levels of spiciness. I just recently discovered that cheese and honey go well with each other and I'm hooked. Also, I have love-hate relationship with spicy food so I like that the honey drizzle on this pasta lessens the spiciness of Italian sausage. A must try!

Italian Burger - Amici's beef patty mixed with Italian sausage and seasonings topped with fried onion rings, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato between butter toasted brioche buns and served with a side of potato wedges. The beef patty was thick, juicy and tender; packed with flavor as well.

Bistecca Sirloin Steak - fine and tender succulent beef with mouthwatering flavor and is served with a choice of two sides: rice pilaf, baked potatoes, mixed veggies and sautéed mushrooms. I love this steak especially that it is cooked to how I like my steak done - medium rare. It was super tender and tasty. Good thing that you have a variety of side dishes you can choose from to go with the steak. Thumbs up for that.

Matcha Gelato - from Amici's sister brand Caramia. I'm not really a fan of matcha, but for matcha lovers out there you would definitely live this, as this has a very distinct matcha flavor, even the after taste. The gelato consistency is also great and very authentic.

Amici continues the legacy of authentic Italian dining through its dishes made for sharing with friends and family. Food is best enjoyed when shared with others over joy and laughter and that is the same experience Amici wishes to share with everyone whenever they dine at Amici.

AMICI - Ayala Triangle
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, 
Makati City, Philippines
Contact Nos: 02 6216111 / 02 8221111
Website: /

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Amici Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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