It was a bit too hot to dine al fresco, but they do have a nice patio. I'm actually already looking forward to next summer when I'm not making another human and can enjoy one of their signature Limoncellos on that sunny deck. We sat inside, where the tables are seemingly far fewer than outside. I think there were maybe three or four tables and bar seating, which would accommodate half a dozen comfortably. It's small in stature, but big on everything else important, as we soon found out.
I'd already perused the menu online, but once Mr. FvF got to check it out, we decided to get two 8" pizzas - since we never agree about what to get on a pie. The small pizzas are $9 for a specialty and $7 for a build-your-own with three toppings. The front house manager came and greeted us first, asking if this was our first time in, explaining their special bevvies and asking if we had any questions - then another nice fella came to take our order as he brought our drinks. The Mister picked the Buffalo Chicken sans onions, and I opted for the Chicken Pesto, adding bacon (duh). I also asked for one of their craft root beers, which was almost red in color and super tasty.
The food came out quite a bit faster than expected, considering the craft that goes into making a pizza like this, and looked absolutely amazing - not to mention massive. When I think 8 inches in my mind - well, I won't tell you what that really brings to mind - but in terms of pizza, I was certainly thinking more along the lines of one of those crappy Pizza Hut personal pans.
The star of the pizzas at Amici's, though, is the crust. Think along the lines of Dewey's, but then imagine if Dewey's had their asses handed to them by someone else. Bubbled and raised perfectly, but not too thick or chewy.
As we boxed up our extra slices and paid our bill, the owner came over and asked how we liked everything. I commended him on the excellent staff and food, and in an uncommon turn of events, actually told him I was a food blogger and would be giving his new venture a rave review. I don't think I've ever done that, but it was very thoughtful for him to come chat with his customers, and I feel that certain compliments deserve better than anonymous internet delivery.
So, stellar service and top-notch food - must be expensive, right? Couldn't be further from the truth. The price points are so spot on, that I'm hoping and praying they'll bring the kind of crowd Amici's need to stay put. I've dined at nearly every eatery that's graced that spot in the last 8 years, and they were all overpriced and unimpressive. I think the steepest thing on their spanking-new menu is a family spaghetti dinner for around $17. They deliver, you can get carry-out, they have a great looking sandwich and salad menu, and they even have breakfast! Still not enough for you? They also host a farmer's market in the adjacent lot on Saturday mornings.
After several months of duds in the Gem City, I'm super pumped to give Amici's Place
5 out of 5 sporks!!