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Amici Miei

$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

2005 Dining Guide

2005 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Washington Post Magazine
Sunday, October 16, 2005

Don't let its location in a shopping center or the cliche photograph of Sophia Loren at the front door scare you off. Any cheesiness at Amici Miei ("My Friends") is limited to fresh mozzarella in the tomato salad and creamy ricotta inside delectable spinach ravioli. Brought to life last winter by Davide Megna, a former chef of Washington's Arucola, and Roberto Deias, a one-time waiter at that establishment, the restaurant dishes up real Italian cooking with gusto and finesse: smoky baby octopus arranged on soft cubes of potato with herb sauce; a classic vitello tonnato (sheer slices of veal topped with a creamy tuna-caper sauce); and pizza that leaves its wood-burning oven with a thin charred crust and a fresh-tasting tomato sauce. The details here add up. Most of the pastas are made in-house, as are the breads, and the chicken is free-range. If the dining room reminds you of one in a generic hotel, you'll find that host Deias makes a most affable concierge.

Reader Reviews

Avg reader rating
Excellent menu and cooking

We had dinner here on a very busy Sat. night. The place was packed and I worried that food and service is not going to be that good. I was wrong. We had an excellent dinner, from start to finish. The service was very attentive, our drinks and dishes came just at right time intervals. The food was delicious, everything tasted so fresh. Home made pasta was so delicate..., excellent capreze. My rockfish was perfect. My partner's lamb chops were cooked in a way that kept them very tender, with lots of flavor, just right. We even had room for desert, special tiramisu, which was excellent too. After 4 course dinner we felt we ate very well but didn't over-eat! Just like we felt when we ate in Italy. Bravo and keep up the good wo