Richmond >Food & Dining > Amici Ristorante
3343 W Cary St, Richmond, VA | Directions 2322137.554426 -77.484422
Neighborhoods: Carytown, Carytown - Museum District - Scotts Addition
An amazing surprise!!! – I must say, I never expected to find such an excellent, authentic Italian restaurant in Carytown. I was born & raised in N.Y. by a classic N.Y Italian family, who's favorite past-time is eating, so I consider my stanards to be pretty darn high. And I must say Amici is one of the better places I have ever eaten, hands down.
The plates were immaculate with beautiful presentation. The food was DELICIOUS!!! An the whole staff was warm and attentive. I cannot wait till my next visit down from the city, there is no doubt where I'll be eating. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Very friendly – My family and I have been dinning at Amici since their beginning. It has been a excellent change from the standard Italian food. Love what they do with seafood, especially the salmon. I always like to try the specials. My wife has to get the Agnolotti alla panna each visit. Even if it just to take home for lunch the next day. Many a special occasion has been celebrated at Amici. We think their tiramisu is the best in town, and hard pressed to find better anywhere. It has been fun to get to know the staff. We live to sit near the bar so we can socialize with them. Very warm. Like the renovation as well. Only complaint is, use the upstairs for large parties only. I miss too much of the vibe up there.
Feel and price of a trattoria, food of an osteria. Truly a diamond in the rough. – I have eaten there several times as I have lived within walking distance. I have never had a single bite at this restaurant which I would consider average.
Its only been 2 weeks since I have come back to Richmond from Villa delle Fornaci in Rome, and it is as genuine as you will experience here (though it isnt closed between 2pm and 7pm).
When you go, get the 6 course meal ($48 per person I think), and get a bottle of wine. Dont expect to be rushed your food. Its not the olive garden, its more traditional Italian paced, where the meal is the nights entertainment. After dessert, when you think your going to explode from all the food, get some grappa, its a digestivo, and is good for stomach.
If you want fast service, hot buttery prefrozen bread sticks, and egg noodles with ketchup and garlic salt... go to olive garden. Im going back to amici, getting my 6 course meal, and getting surprised by the delicious meal the chef created for me, and I'll be delighted as the waiter explains the amazing things Im tasing.
The locals must be crazy! – We had dinner at Amici in a large group recently and the food went from average, to bad, to terrible. The service was sub-par with the waiters carrying around sarcastic attitudes all night and the food being some of the worst I've experienced. Avoid the steak, pasta, and the panna cotta (sp?). Avoid at all costs.
Best Italian in Richmond – Food consistently above average; Service delightful; "whole package" well worth the valu -- love it when it's not freezing or sweltering hot b/c the patio is super!
Never a bad meal – I've eaten here numerous times and have not once had a bad meal. I highly recommend the tasting dinner if you have time, the chef is very good at matching courses to make outstanding dinners.
Dont waste your time or money – This place is horrible. On our last 2 visits saw an older italian man who I am assuming is the owner yelling at the employees while this one lady sat behind the bar doing absolutely nothing but walk in circles and order the other employees around. This ruins an experience, I don't care how good or authentic they claim the food to be. I wouldn't go back again and will tell everyone I know to stay away, I do not feel that people who treat their bread and butter, their employees, this way deserve to be in business.
Perfect Italian Resturant – Quite possibly one of the best Italian resturants in Virginia. They offer traditional Italian fare along with a grand atmosphere. Perfect for a date or for a few drinks with your collegues after work. I loved eating on the heated patio and was impressed with their wine selection. You can't go wrong anytime you visit here, in the heart of Carytown - along side the best shops in the city.
Not La Grotta but same people – I think the same people that own La Grotta also own this Italian restaurant. For some reason, the food tastes better at La Grotta. Ambience is a little better here I think. Can't lose with either one. Skip Cafe De Annoying and come here or La Grotta.
Northern Italian gives new meaning to a night in Carytown. – The Scene
Settle in for regional Italian at this unassuming Carytown townhouse. Muted shades, subtle artwork and a totally professional staff provide a quiet background for stunning food and presentation. Expect close quarters-- but the payback is having a peek at the composed, beautifully garnished plates as they arrive from the kitchen.
Carlo and Antonio perfected their talents in small Italian villages and DC's finest restaurants before opening shop in Richmond. The bread basket (three choices, baked in-house) paves the way for a simple but superb dining experience. Grilled Portobellas have a layer of fragrant basil and melted Fontina cheese, the veal chops, rack of lamb and roasted quail (stuffed with sausage) are all presented with fragrant branches of herbs and fresh flowers. Choose between six different pasta dishes (homemade fettuccini with mixed wild mushroom ragout). For a sweet finale, the Cr?me Carmel amazingly outshines the Tiramisu.
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