AMICI AMORE 1
29-35 Newtown Ave. (corner of 30th Street and one block from 30th Avenue) Astoria, NY
Phone: 267-2771, Fax: 267-2886
CUISINE: Northern Italian
TRANSPORTATION: Short stroll from N train 30th Avenue stop. Valet parking
Thursday through Sunday dinner hours.
HOURS: Closed Monday. Open 6 days from 12 noon until 10:30 p.m. (11:30 p.m. Fri.
CREDIT CARDS: Yes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE: Yes
CATERING: Available for all occasions. Free consultations.
RESERVATIONS: A must for dinner and especially for weekends.
The latest addition to dining in Astoria is the Amici Amore 1. Its reputation for fine
Italian cuisine and attentive service has had customers lining up since it opened only six
Operated by the young Redzic brothers from Montenegro, already famous for their nearby
Balkan Delicatessen, Amici Amore 1 (hopefully there will soon be more) is the creation of
Dino who continues as the Maitre D at the James Beard Foundation and moonlights at the
restaurant. Never fear, you are in equally attentive hands of brother Johnny.
On being seated, we were offered our choice of waters. Then we enjoyed a small bowl of
olive oil for dipping the crusty bread on the table. Then we started our lunch with a
colorful carrot soup Ð the soup of the day. We also tried the house specialty, ravioli
stuffed with ricotta and sun dried tomatoes and covered with a creamy sauce with more
tomatoes. The Insalata Tropica was a refreshing, eye-pleasing mix of cubed
green/red/yellow peppers, cucumbers, scallions, fresh mozzarella and avocado ($6).
NOTE: The handsome Swiss-made dishes are enormous as are the portions.
From the day's Specials, we selected fresh halibut with a dressing of lemon, butter and
white wine sauce touched lightly with Spanish paprika. The fish was accompanied by sauteed
spinach and mashed potatoes ($17.95). Johnny suggested we also try a regular menu item,
Vitello alla Boscaiola con Porcini ($13.95). It was an excellent choice- three pieces of
tender veal covered with rich sauce and Porcini mushrooms accompanied by a medley of
brightly colored strips of zucchini and cauliflorets along with a delightful layered
potato creation of Mrs. Redzic. Other appealing luncheon choices include sandwiches
entrees from grilled vegetables ($6.95) to veal parmigiana ($9).
Our accompanying wine was a glass of Spumante Cafe de Paris, Brut ($7). The restaurant
has an excellent selections of wines from Italy, France and California . . . a tribute to
Don't miss dessert which includes made-on-the-premises ricotta cheese cake and an
You can enjoy dining in this cozy spot with its colorful fireplace. While there, don't
forget to read the mounted and signed menus created by world-famed chefs and served at the
James Beard House.
- J. Davis