REVIEW: Amici Miei, Shoreditch
WHAT? Not a gimmicky new concept restaurant nor concrete-heavy basement with industrial lighting and exposed brickwork, but a rustic, reliably great Italian bang in the middle of Shoreditch.
WHY GO? For the delightfully carb-laden pastas, plus sourdough pizzas made in a wood-fired oven with 72-hour slow-rising dough.
There are regional dishes from the mainland and Sardinia, too. Start with Gnocco Fritto con Prosciutto di Parma (deep-fried sourdough with Parma ham – no, we’re not clean-eating in 2017) or dig straight into a Sfiziosa pizza – tomato, mozzarella, fresh sausages, spicy salami, roast ham and olives on a pillow-soft base.
Pastas are available in small or large sizes, so if you’re *really* hungry you can try a little (or a lot) of everything you fancy. Ravioli Al Granchio was our first choice – soft crab in a cherry tomato bisque, with basil and garlic.
Next we greedily ordered Spaghetti Allo Scoglio, a fresh medley of mussels, clams, prawns, squid, cherry tomato and garlic, which was piping hot and comforting alongside a glass of Vermentino Seleme.
For special occasions you can even pre-order a suckling pig, which we’re already planning to head back and try. Best of all, takeaway service ‘Amici2Go’ means you can eat all this in your pjs.
HOW MUCH? Starters like arancini and polpette hover around £5, pizzas are around £10.50 and desserts are £5-6.50 (try the coffee mousse).
ADDRESS: 28-30 KINGSLAND ROAD, HOXTON, LONDON E2 8DA / T: 020 7729 1594