Sunday, April 29, 2018

Amis Trattoria Review

It's been a few years since the GF & I were last at Amis. And that's completely on us - we no longer live at 10th and Spruce. Still, we fondly remember some of our best first dates at Amis, which were always coupled with great food and hospitality. Based on  a recent visit back, I'm happy to say that nothing's changed on that front. But it's clear I need to get my butt back out here more often. 

Clockwise from Top Left: Negroni Fresco [$12] | Sangiovese [$12] | House-baked Olive Oil Foccacia

After a fairly busy work-week, drinks were needed. The Negroni Fresco hit the spot for me, with the gin balanced by Atxa Blanco vermouth and the sweetness of Ramazotti amaro. The GF enjoyed a glass of Sangiovese. FYI - the wine list at Amis has always allowed us to find some real gems! House-baked olive oil foccacia was easily enjoyed while waiting for starters.

Baked Pecorino [$12]
Almond honey

Baked pecorino was pretty perfect - hitting the salty and sweet notes that were just right for the grilled bread. Nice texture from the almonds as well.

Bass Crudo [$14]
Fava beans, preserved Meyer lemon

Chef Brad Spence and company dropped the bass nicely with the crudo. Hits of salt and citrus made each bite, with the hearty heft of the favas incorporating bits of spring.

Charred Octopus [$12]
New potato, ramps

Octo was meaty and tender, with lovely charred bits that were accented nicely with garlicky ramps and creamy new potatoes.

Cacio e Pepe [$18]

Cacio e Pepe is always a must order. Perfect tonnarelli noods were tossed in plenty of butter and Pecorino Romano, with the hits of black pepper providing that bracing bite that makes the dish so memorable.

Pork Chop Parmigiana [$29]

Beast of Amis is what this restaurant is known for. With whole animal cookery in mind, there are a few dishes centered around a specific protein. On this particular night, the "Beast of Amis" was rabbit and normally that's the route I would have taken. But I couldn't help but opt for the massive pork chop parmigiana. Nicely pan-fried, this thick-cut pork chop was juicy on its own, but made even better dressed in tomato sauce, olive oil, ricotta, and plenty of basil. Delicious.

Creamy Polenta [$6]
Brown butter, sage

As a side, the glutton in me couldn't help but order the brown butter polenta. And by brown butter, I mean drowned in browned butter and crispy sage. Nutty, rich, and creamy, this was the perfect side for the belly of this pig.

The kitchen also sent out this delightful strawberry ice cream and chocolate sundae, knowing that we recently got engaged. A nice touch and a wonderful way to cap off a great meal.

Chef Brad Spence and his kitchen continue to knock it out of the park at Amis Trattoria. But the evening wouldn't have been as memorable without the exceptional service we received throughout the meal. Yes, potential blogger's bias to be sure, but this sentiment has held true since back to 2012. Already looking forward to returning for our next meal! 

FTC Disclaimer: Thanks to Amis Trattoria and Urbn Food & Beverage for inviting me in. Regardless, my opinions are mine alone and, therefore, unbiased.

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