Jul

21

2011

Amici’s Place: It means “Friends” in Italian

Written By Alex in Reviews

Entrance to Amicis, By Alex Snyder

Entrance to Amicis, By Alex Snyder

Amici’s Place

1122 E. Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45419
937.732.8356

Rating: 4 out of 5 Plates
Hours: Mon – Thurs: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Sun: Closed
Price Range: Appetizers: $5.50 – $7.50
Breakfast: $4.50 – $7.00
Lunch: $6.50 – $8.00
Dinner: $7.00 – $17.00
Kids: ½ off anything for a ½ portion

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Everyone has a pet peeve or two, and I am no different. One thing that always gets to me are stupid names for businesses. Every time I’m in Dayton I have the unfortunate opportunity to drive past “Sherwood Florist.” Robin Hood is one of my favorite stories/movies and seeing that just makes me roll my eyes and keep on driving. If I ever need flowers “Flowerama’ is one block down…now doesn’t that sound like a party!?

I guess I should mention why I’m talking about the poorly named florist shop. While driving by on Dorothy Lane the other day I noticed a new sign next to the flower shop. Sage green and nicely designed “Amici’s” sign was a bit small but easily seen.

Amici’s is just under a month old and is already getting its name out there with its specialty pizzas and comfortable atmosphere. When I drove by, in typical fashion, I pointed in a general direction and yelled to Tim, “I want to eat there!” He had no idea what I said and I had to spend the next mile or two explaining what I saw.

Ironically enough, the next day I saw a coupon from Seize The Deal…kind of a Groupon/Living Social thing…and it was for $20 worth of Amici’s food for $10! I had to jump on the deal. Fate would also have it that the foodie over at www.foodvsface.com got to it as well…and beat me by a couple of days!

The Neptune - A Delicious Pizza With Gruyere Cheese and Fresh Crab Meat, By Alex Snyder

The Neptune - A Delicious Pizza With Gruyere Cheese and Fresh Crab Meat, By Alex Snyder

Amici’s lets you seat yourself which is your first experience with the laid-back atmosphere. I chose to sit on the deck (which has quite a few seats). The inside can seat around 20 or so which makes eating at this newly popular spot a bit of a struggle at times. Waiting is worth it though and a decent menu of cocktails and drinks can keep you plenty busy while you pass the time.

Living in Athens, Ohio, I have a lot of access to locally grown foods and restaurants that embrace local food initiatives. Being a college town we have plenty of access to pizza places–one of which is internationally recognized and frequently on the Food Network (Avalanche Pizza). Long story short, I know good pizza! Now it was Amici’s turn to impress.

Impress it did! I ended up ordering “The Neptune” which had an amazing gruyere cheese topped with fresh crab meat. My hesitation at first was the crab meat. I’m actually allergic to the imitation kind (to the tune of puffing up and my tongue going numb) and I asked the owner and waitress if it was real–both reassured me it was.

Amici's Microbrew Rootbeer Is Not Only Delicious But It's Only $1.50 With Unlimited Refills!! By Alex Snyder

Amici's Microbrew Rootbeer Is Not Only Delicious But It's Only $1.50 With Unlimited Refills!! By Alex Snyder

Since I had to use all of my $20 gift card I ended up getting a large which I didn’t intend on eating all of. This was a blessing in disguise because the pizza was amazing! Bubbly cheese (not too much) and sweet crab meat layered over an excellent crust. I’m a deep-dish fan, but this crust wasn’t thin or thick…it was rather perfect.

So we’ve established the pizza is pretty awesome. But what about the rest of the menu? Amici’s boasts not only a lunch but a breakfast menu as well. I’ve yet to try either, but will be in the very near future. The breakfast menu especially looks good.

What topped everything though was the rootbeer… Yes, you heard me correctly – rootbeer! This particular brand is a micro brew and is only $1.50 with unlimited refills! The flavor was beyond amazing with a nice clean finish. Having it on a hot summer day on the deck of a nice restaurant – what a great ending to the day!

Have you been to Amici’s Place too? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

If you want more, we’ve got lots more pictures of our visit to Amici’s Place over on our Facebook Gallery. Why don’t you check it out – and if you like what you see like our page too while you’re there.

Verdict: Excellent

A summertime must – Amici’s is sure to please. Bring some friends and enjoy the day. Although I’ve yet to try breakfast and lunch but I’m sure the quality is great! The staff is also friendly and not afraid to give you suggestions! A large pizza can easily feed 4 people and 6 if you go with appetizers. Less than $20 for a large pizza makes eating at Amici’s an easy decision that you won’t regret. The owner is also starting a Saturday Farmer’s Market which will benefit not only the restaurant but the neighborhood around it!

Also…you can park in the florist’s section of the parking lot if there isn’t room!

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