Nestled in the trendy streets of Hoxton lies Amici Miei, a seemingly humble and unimposing Italian restaurant. Whilst it may seem humble and unimposing, the quality and vast selection of food and drink would lend itself to even the showiest of restaurant fronts. Start your meal off with one of their many delicious cocktails – special mention goes to the passionfruit martini – whilst enjoying a selection of ciccheti (Italian tapas) which include the Italian classics bruschetta and polpette, as well as more unusual choices such as the Gnocco Fritto con Proschiutto di Parma, (deep fried sourdough breadsticks with some of the best Parma ham I’ve ever tried) which went beautifully with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, burrata with heritage tomatoes. Simply put, the burrata at Amici Miei was the best I’ve had this side of the Mediterranan Sea.
We ordered the ciccheti first so that we would have plenty of time to peruse the extensive main course menu full of pasta, pizza, meat and fish dishes. Even then, we had to ask for extra deciding time… twice. Following excellent guidance from the servers, we eventually decided on the Spaghetti Allo Scoglio (seafood spaghetti) and the Romana pizza (a sourdough pizza topped with sausage, spinach, gorgonzola cheese and fresh chillies). Let’s start with the pasta dish; all of the pasta at Amici Miei is made from scratch – something you can immediately notice when trying any of their dishes. I’m sure there’s probably a very interesting scientific explanation, but the pasta seemed to soak up the sauce in a way shop bought pasta fails to do. The mussels, clams, prawns and squid were all individually cooked to perfection and the light sauce of tomato and garlic complimented the dish perfectly. Moving on to the pizza; Amici Miei’s sourdoguh pizzas are made using a slow rising process, proving over a minimum of 48 hours and then cooked at 450 degrees Celsius in a traditional wood fired oven. And believe me… the wait is worth it. The lightness of the dough allowed for the delicious, fresh flavours of the toppings shine and before we knew it, our plates were practically licked clean.
Now, you must be wondering, dear reader, how on earth we could fit any more in? I have one word for you: Tiramisu. Once again taking advice from the ever helpful servers, we ordered the Seadas Di Ricotta, a warm puff pastry filled with ricotta, cinnamon and lemon zest served with honey, and a classic Tiramisu. Whilst the Seadas Di Ricotta was delicious and satisfying, the true MVP of the desserts, or dare I say it, whole evening, was the Tiramisu. I should probably now give you a bit of context; in past dining experiences I have shied away from Tiramisu, often disliking the stodgy ladyfingers or the unnecessarily sweet cream, but this, my friends, this Tiramisu turned me into a true convert. The lightness of the cream, the rich and sweet taste of the coffee infused sponge and the undeniably good addition of chocolate took this dessert above and beyond.
I would not recommend this restaurant if you’ve come to Hoxton for the new fashionable food trends that we read about on Buzzfeed, however, if you want a hearty, homely, and incredibly well cooked meal of traditional Italian fare, I could not recommend this restaurant more highly. There’s a reason why the name of the restaurant translates to ‘my friends’, and that’s because once you try this restaurant you want to introduce all of your friends to it. If travelling to the trendy streets of Hoxton seems too much, they also deliver, so there really is no excuse to not try out this fantastic restaurant.
Written by Angelica Bomford.
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