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About Amici Ristorante - Richmond
Mamma mia Amici!! Going on 20 years of business, Amici has been consistently recognized for its simple, Northern Italian cuisine with a twist. Recently redecorated, the ambiance is fresh and light, yet still as romantic as ever. Located in the heart of charming Carytown. "Our aim is for everyone to enjoy their experience so we can enjoy their smiles. This is the Italian way!" Welcome to Amici, Carlo, your host.
Richmond, VA 23221
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Freeman & West Cary Streets
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is parking on the street; parking across the street at Carytown cleaners after 6 pm; and also a public parking deck across the street between Crenshaw and Dooley streets.
GRTC transit stops two blocks west of Amici at the corner of Nansemond and West Cary Streets.
Carlo M. Gaione
Private Party Facilities:
We have a private dining room upstairs that seats up to 40 people. We also have semi-private dining for parties of 16 or 25 on the main level. The upstairs room is perfect for rehearsal dinners, birthday celebrations and business dinners.
Private Party Contact:
Carlo: (804) 353-4700
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Amici has a private dining room for 30 to 40 people. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, business meetings, birthday parties, anniversaries or other social gatherings. We have semi-private dining for 16 people or 25 people also.
Amici Ristorante - Richmond Ratings and Reviews
Excellent food, very knowledgeable and professional service. We requested a slight variation from one of the menu's standard items and they were very accommodating. Unlike many Italian restaurants with dozens of menu items, Amici limits itself to a few which are really outstanding. Appetizers are large!
The staff was attentive, informative, and friendly. The atmosphere was warm and inviting like being at a family gathering around the holidays. The food, itself, was out of this world. The ravioli, the calamari, the lamb, the wine...not one dish was imperfect. Down to the garnish, each plate was pure bliss. Would definitely go back.
This was our first and last visit I'm afraid. I looked online for reviews after a day of Christmas shopping, this place looked interesting, and the reviews were mostly positive on most sites, including this one. It may have been an off night, but we didn't enjoy much.
1. The pappardelle past was the highlight of the night, excellent
2. The prawn special, over-cooked prawns, unremarkable salad (needed acid) cold
3. Calamari, mostly rubbery and tough
4. Bresola was very good
5. Caesar Salad, no real flavor, no acid in the dressing, tasted too much mayonnaise
6. 4 Cheese Ravioli Special, awful, why put gorgonzola in it? It over powered the dish, you could taste nothing but gorgonzola, the pasta was delicate, the sauce all water, but the overwhelming flavor of a cheap gorgonzola was too much. I added chicken to it, $10 for a tiny boneless, skinless, flavorless piece of meat that was over cooked. I honestly would throw this dish out and do a traditional 4 cheese, or at least have the server inform the guest of cheeses used so the assumption isn't a traditional dish as she described it.
7. Service was below average at times, and excellent at others, so it balanced to fair. All the food was warm or cold, nothing hot, must have sat awhile in the kitchen.
8. The online menu is 110% different than what is offered at the restaurant, disappointing menu at the facility. I really found the pricing to be quite high for Italian food considering it was nothing but ordinary.
I'm sorry to write such a tough review, but I left very unhappy, and so did the rest of my family. Good luck to you.
Haven't been in years after a most inhospitable, arrogant waiter ruined an otherwise festive occasion prompting spouse to reject any thought of return. Others in tonight's party picked the spot and we went along with extreme reluctance. What a surprise. Server was just the opposite. Well done with only slight indication that we as last table seated on a Sunday evening were somewhat rushed to leave. We will return and this time much sooner.
My friend and I are both new to Richmond and wanted to meet for dinner in Carytown. Picked Amici because of reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere. Nice ambiance - probably even better in summer when front patio is open. Service was fantastic! Arugula salad very yummy. My friend had the Agnolotti and said it was the best she's ever had. I went with the pasta special - a chicken-filled ravioli with red pepper sauce. It was quite drab. Very light, but very little flavor. A bit pricey...$35 per person for salad and entree and no alcoholic beverages. Mine definitely wasn't worth that. May give it another try with a different entree choice.
All the food was very good. Two of us had the seafood special- Grouper, and two had pasta dishes. The salads were also excellent and one salad for each couple was ample. It is great to see that a restaurant that has been around for quite few years is able to maintain such high standards. It is also nice that this restaurant is open Sunday evenings, for many in Richmond are not.
This was my first time at Amici and I had high expectations. In fairness it was Restaurant Week so maybe not the best time for an inaugural visit - but then again, it would seem the point of participating in Rest. Week would be to attract new customers. I expected a limited menu, but it was even more so than I had anticipated. Our appetizers were great (lamb lollipops) but my entree (zucchini fritters) was TINY - two 3-inch in diameter zucchini cakes and a dollop of mashed potatoes; it would have been small even for an appetizer. And the fritters were kind of tasty, but were mushy. I also found it annoying that I had to order my dessert at the same time as the rest of my meal -- what's that all about??
We celebrated our 31st anniversary at Amici, our favorite restaurant in Richmond. The food and service are always outstanding. A new lobster and cucumber sauce served with my perfectly cooked halibut added a delicious and refreshing new taste. My husband ordered the homemade ravioli special and it was excellent. We enjoyed a great bottle of Chianti Classico with our meal - best Chianti we've had!
If you enjoy great ambiance, exceptional food, top knotch service in a relaxed yet up scale atmosphere Amici is the place for you. We found the food of high quality. The appetizer of thin sliced salmon prepared with lemon, olive oil, onions and capers started us on a high note. The pasta entree of pappaderele with a wild boar sauce raised the bar. My wife's duck breast order and my lamb lollipops were both exceptional. We finished off the evening with a delicious tiramisu and of course limoncello.
This was not our first experience with Amici and will certainly not be our last.
We have been going to Amici for about five years now. We LOVE the homemade pasta. I have never had anything I did not love at Amici. We enjoy talking with Carlo and the other servers. They always greet us warmly and I feel I am going to a family gathering rather than a restaurant. I love the cozy feel and ambiance.
It is not often that you get to celebrate a 40th anniversary (probably only once in a lifetime). We chose Amici's and were not disappointed. This quaint and lovely establishment made the evening special with a complimentary chocovino glass of wine (they knew we were chocoholics) and superb wait staff that catered to all our needs. All staff was attentive and worked in concert so that the food was served at the precise time and was ready when we were.The owner made a point of checking on us and making us feel like a member of his family. The food itself was a true blend of Northern Italian with some French influence. We had the duck and rockfish with lump crab meat. Each accompanying sauce with the entree was light but robust enough to bring out the best flavors of each meat. Thank you for such a memorable evening.
Just had a wonderful meal at Amici. The food was delicious and not your "run of the mill" Italian. As Amici has a good reputation, I figured if they put something on the menu, it was good. With that attitude, I ordered a red-pepper appetizer with anchovies and a milk reduction. I had no idea what to expect, but I was extremely happy I had ordered it. Flavors were delicious and complex. With that same adventurous spirit, I ordered the black pasta with a brandy-shallot cream sauce with smoked trout. Excellent!!! My husband had eggplant rollatini (great) and the duck, very well prepared and served with a delicious sauce. Dessert was great too.
If you go, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
The food, the courses, and the pacing of the evening was excellent. The only negative is that the evening was only a little pricey... perhaps 10 to 20 percent more expensive than it needed to be. Still, every item we ordered was delicious. I can not imagine any item NOT being prepared well. The menu offering of entrees was limited to less than 8 items and even then Amici's was out of the chicken needed to complete that meal. However, the quail was braised and tender and was the alternate menu item ordered. In addition, the salmon was perfect. The crabmeat appetizer with avocados and greens was great as well. I can not wait to return.
We were very disappointed in the value that we received for the money. The food was good but not worth the price. Our dinner lacked an important ingredient and went unnoticed until we asked about it. The price was adjusted however. We expect better service at this type of restaurant and did not receive it. Based on what was going on at another table beside us we wonder if there was a chef in the kitchen
We had the Chef's Tasting..it was the best meal I have had in years. The SERVICE and the people were first class. The Chef came out and checked on us and introduced himself. What a genuine soul. His passion is evident in the food and his humbleness was endearing. GO, GO, GO! I will be back and have already shared this dining experience with many people.
Amici's was the perfect place to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. There was a friendly greeting upon entering the restaurant and we immediately felt welcome. The restaurant has an intimate atmosphere and our table near the front window allowed us to watch the activity in Carytown while enjoying a quiet conversation. Our server was extremely knowledgable about the menu and answered all of our questions and provided recommendations based on our preferences. The entire staff was pleasant and we enjoyed chatting with them as they stopped by the table to check on us and transition courses. The food was beautifully presented and the flavors did not disappoint. Our dessert arrived with candles as a special touch and everyone wished us a happy anniversary. We would highly recommend for a special occasion or for an evening with friends where you want to enjoy an amazing meal and conversation without the distraction of a loud environment or feeling rushed.
We had not been to Amici's in quite a while, and were disappointed with the food. It wasn't bad but it wasn't anything to write home about either. The steak was overcooked, a bit gristly, and had about a cup of nasty demi glace/gravey dumped over it; the shrimp was overcooked and rubbery. Desserts were small in portions--at least the tiramasu was. Years ago Amici's had the best tiramasu in town, but not now. Again, not bad but nothing special. On a positive note, the wait staff and bartender were great.
Amici is a wonderful restaurant, serving well-prepared North Italian dishes in a pleasant romantic setting. The restaurant is on the small side, but even when full (as it usually is at dinner) it never feels crowded. The food starts being amazingly fresh-- my veal scallopine included a side of young young green beans that seemed to have just been pulled off the stalk-- and this was in the middle of February. The sauces are delicate and flavorful, well-balanced with the wine selections. The servers are friendly but not cloying, and very efficient. One pleasant aspect is that they never try to rush you through your meal, trying to turn tables over as some restaurants do. We enjoy Amici as a "special occasion" restaurant (first date, anniversaries, Valentine's Day, birthdays, whatever), but it is also a wonderful place to spend a pleasant evening enjoying a wonderful meal.
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