Amici has been around for more than a decade and despite all the changes it has seen around its proximity, it has clearly withstood the test of time. This Italian restaurant had been accredited with numerous awards but I wonder, with such a robust and ever-changing F&B industry in Singapore, will Amici still stand out against its counterparts?
As I was the first few guests of the evening, the staff seemed unprepared to welcome me into the restaurant. However, I was settled down not long after, at a table in front of the toilet cubicle. The kitchen was rather small, hence its open-concept. As you’d have known if you’ve been following my blog, I like open kitchens as I love to hear, smell and watch the chefs in action while preparing my food. I remember saying “eh they’re preparing the vongole pasta” when I heard the clams being poured into the pan!
You will notice that the interior of the restaurant has a somewhat vintage-feel to it (I mean it’s a decade-old already), with murals on the walls and brown PVC table-covers. The menu has an extensive range of pastas to choose from and I was spoilt for choice as everything sounded really delicious! Think pastas in Vodka cream sauce and red wine brown sauce. However, I decided to go for the conventional ones, which are also their signatures. If you’re not a fan of pasta, they serve as many pizzas and mains as well. There’ll definitely be a dish that pleases everyone at Amici!
Crayfish & Mixed Seafood Pasta in Spicy Tomato ($29.90) – Pasta was al dente and seafood was relatively fresh! Also, since I was given a whole crayfish in this dish, I was pleased. However, I could not taste any spice/chilli as promised.
Spaghetti alle Vongole ($18.90) – I think there are more clams than spaghetti here, so hooray! The white wine sauce was divine, being light yet flavourful. Clams were very fresh and plump. I would say that this is one of the better Spaghetti all Vongole around!
I had used Groupon vouchers for my meal so the dishes were basically half-priced. 😛 No doubt, Amici prides itself in serving authentic Italian fare, strongly staying to its roots. I also loved the Italian opera music played during my meal (I’m guessing Bocelli). My only concern is that the interior of the restaurant evidently needs a revamp but to some, that may precisely be the charm of Amici?
Amici Authentic Italian Restaurant
275 Holland Avenue, Holland Village
Tel: 6469 9989