Italian food are so many and its hard to read and even remember those cuisine, because its Italian, I just sometimes give them my own name for the food, or if ever I’m in an Italian restaurant, I just dig my memory the last food that I have tried before and will order it next. I heard of Amici back in the past with some of my friends who studied in Don Bosco, but then I got a chance to try it when I got invited to try it in one of their branch in QC and then a friend invited me to try it also in SM Megamall branch of Amici. The best of Amici is that it is an authentic Italian food with an awesome affordable price.
Pasta and pizza are my top favorite food ever, and when I declare love for Italian food, I just realized that I haven’t tried yet the best of the best of Italian cuisine and also top fave food from Amici. I learned I’m just a newbie to food because its hard to remember all those food names hahaha. Yeah I always laugh here whenever I blog..hope you can bear with me.
Amici Italian restaurant also goes by the name of Amici Di Don Bosco (Friends of Don Bosco) who started as a cafeteria in Don Bosco Makati and founded by Fr. Gianluigi Colombo, a Salesian Italian priest in-charge of overseeing the operations of the Don Bosco Makati Printing Press. Then the Don Bosco management gave him a permission to convert the cafeteria into a turo turo food joint ( turo turo means point, you point a finger to a food and it means that’s your order) , then on 2001, the turo turo joint is branched out of its name and became a legally established as a business entity. Then on 2007, entrepreneur Danny Moran got a heads up from the Salesian priests of Don Bosco, after several meetings and proposal…. it soon started the birth of Amici as a restaurant that brought new food experience to us pinoys, and this 2013 they are now celebrating their 6th year anniversary. (source)
Amici also joined with Tuloy Foundation – here are some info -- A foundation to help give street children that chance to succeed. By selecting special items from the “Tuloy Speciali” Amici Menu, P10 will go directly to Tuloy Foundation Inc. to help fund a special project of the foundation. Amici also supports the programs of Tuloy as we continue to hire OJTs for our stores, kitchens and engineering group from their culinary and engineering schools. Our employees also visit Tuloy on a quarterly basis to spend time with the kids, play with them and simply have fun.
From cafeteria to turo turo to restaurant.. Amici is well loved by many, especially to those people who love pasta and pizza. Also in the past, I ‘ve met Chef Giorgio Buciarelli and he told me that he started as a head chef before at Amici, and then after some Google-fu, I found out that he is one of the pioneers who started with the group in Amici. So that’s why the pizza so familiar when I tried it in other resto, but hey! even if there are Amici clones in Manila, we can see here that Amici’s food menu is brining new food concept for the Italian food lovers.
So I tried…and tasted the new food of Amici, all I can say is that…I should go back and order more.. Its so lovable and decliousosio! I even want to cry after biting that pizza with truffles.
For the new food of Amici, it was launched here in Amici Venice Piazza in Mckinley Hills, I haven’t seen this resto before and its funny that it was there all the time. I’ve been to Venice area so many times and I haven’t even noticed Amici there.
I was having a nice lunch at a burger resto in the same area, and then my wife called me to join with them , I ‘m glad that I didn’t refuse, so I left the burger resto and headed to the 2nd floor of Amici.
Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad (P195)
a blue cheese, candied walnuts, arugula, and grapes combo over greens and served with red wine vinaigrette.
Asian Chicken Salad (P195)
breaded chicken slices, oranges, and carrots mixed over greens and topped with fried wonton strips, served with sesame dressing
Prosciutto & Artichoke Cream Pizza Roll (P242)
is a fresh take on the rich flavors of artichoke cream, cream cheese, prosciutto, and arugula, all tempered with reduced balsamic vinegar
After tasting this Prosciutto & Artichoke Cream Pizza Roll, I am now a fan of pizza roll.
The melted cheese inside is one heavenly treat after you chew it.
Prosciutto Portobello Pizza Roll (P242)
a soon-to-be fave with prosciutto, portobello mushrooms, cream cheese, and arugula served with roasted garlic dip.
Garlic Chorizo Spaghetti (P250)
a pasta dish of Spanish chorizo sautéed in garlic and olive oil.
Penne Rosa & Bacon (P252)
a combo of bacon, pomodoro, and bechamel sauce sautéed with mushrooms, garlic and onions
Pork Marsala (P332)
a rolled pork specialty filled with ham and cheese, button mushrooms, and cream, all reduced in marsala wine and served with rice pilaf and a side of roasted vegetables.
Chicken Parmigiana (P328)
a breaded chicken meal in tomato meat sauce, mozzarella cheese, served with rice pilaf and a side of roasted vegetables
Truffle Mushroom Pizza (P430)
a luxe choice with portobello, shitake, and porcini mushrooms, mixed with truffle oil, mozzarella cheese, and topped with Arugula
Smoked Salmon Top-Crust Pizza (P395)
an innovative pizza variety with smoked salmon, capers, black olives, tomatoes, béchamel sauce and mozzarella cheese embedded in a crispy pizza crust.
Here’s my son Ashton, he loves the Truffle Mushroom Pizza, he grabbed a slice and finished it and then he grabbed another one. First time to see my son eat a pizza by himself.
that’s my notes and phone – my partners in food blogging.
new tasty treats from Amici – we’re tasting them one by one.. Thanks to Marcie for inviting us for the food tasting event.
Final set of food – the heavy ones…
Caramia gelato in Amici
Inside Amici-Venice Piazza Mckinley hills
a preview of their menu – displayed infront of the restaurant.
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