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FOOD REVIEW: Dining out, Italian style at Amici in Spalding




Italian restaurant Amici has been a fixture in Spalding for the past 13 years and, in a time where we have seen a number of eateries come and go, that’s a testament to its success.

Situated in Vine Street, it won prestigious national recognition in November, being named as a winner in the Good Food Awards 2019.

A selection of starters. Clockwise from top: Capesante, Gamberoni Piccante and Fritto Misto. (7217384)
A selection of starters. Clockwise from top: Capesante, Gamberoni Piccante and Fritto Misto. (7217384)

And to see how it was living up to its name, myself and a friend were invited for lunch last Friday.

I don’t usually have a big appetite at lunchtime but I prepared myself to sample a few of the dishes that head chef and director Ivan Pastore brought out for us to try.

Ivan, whose family come from Naples in Italy, spent time as a student both in the UK and in Italy, and has a real passion for Italian food.

I was a bit worried we might be tricky customers - I don’t eat meat (although I do eat fish, so I’m classed as a ‘pescatarian’) and my friend Holly doesn’t eat cheese!

Head chef and director Ivan Pastore explains the dishes to Zoe. (7217360)
Head chef and director Ivan Pastore explains the dishes to Zoe. (7217360)

We needn’t have been concerned though as Ivan has made sure he caters for a wide range of dietary requirements in his menu. Diners can pick from dishes with gluten free and vegan options available.

For starters, he brought out a selection for us to enjoy.

First, was a delicious bread platter of ciabatta with dips (olive oil, pesto and a balsamic oil), all beautifully presented.

That was followed by Capesante - king scallops with cauliflower and truffle ‘jus’ (a gravy-like sauce) decorated with almonds, watercress and prosciutto. I didn’t eat the prosciutto but the scallops were perfect.

Gamberoni Piccante with king prawns, asparagus, sweet onion, coriander and saffron sauce came next. This also comes with chorizo sausage, so I left that for Holly while I enjoyed the prawns.

The other dish we tried was Fritto Misto - a selection of battered mixed fish with courgette ‘fries’, salad and a lemon and garlic aioli dip. This is available as a starter or a main.

Zoe Myall and Holly Barrett try lunch at Amici Italian restaurant in Spalding. Photo: Tim Wilson.(7217348)
Zoe Myall and Holly Barrett try lunch at Amici Italian restaurant in Spalding. Photo: Tim Wilson.(7217348)

My choice of main was Verdure Alla Parmigiana, which was wonderful. I normally go for pasta but this was made out of thinly sliced and then rolled courgettes and aubergines layered with spinach, ricotta cheeses and a tomato sauce, all baked in the oven and served with salad and toasted bread.

Holly had a tagliatelle tomato-based pasta dish with chicken.

While we were completely full - almost to the brim - after sampling all those dishes, we decided we had to try a pudding for this review.

We shared a plate of white chocolate profiteroles with milk chocolate cream filling. This is called Bigne on the menu.

Dessert was 'Bigne' (white chocolate profiteroles with a milk chocolate filling). (7271875)
Dessert was 'Bigne' (white chocolate profiteroles with a milk chocolate filling). (7271875)

With a coffee to finish, the meal was topped off perfectly.

There’s a great atmosphere in Amici’s and it’s often at its busiest on a Friday and Saturday night. With its tasty, freshly cooked food, it’s no wonder it’s still doing so well.

You can view its menus online at www.amicispalding.co.uk

Reviewed by Zoe Myall



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