Had a simply fantastic dinner last night- the service was attentive and exemplary- the pizza is great but I get the feeling the pastas and other mains might just be even better! Loved it. Cant wait to go back. The standard is pretty high considering the number of poor quality restaurants in this part of the world. Yes it 'compact' and 'noisy'- but this place is still not yet a victim of its own success....
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Nov 16 2011
The owners of the Due Sardi pizza/pasta takeaway have begun to carve out for themselves a little Italy in Kingsland Road with the opening of this restaurant proper next door.
Vietnamese places aside, Shoreditch is an area lacking in decent, inexpensive places to eat, and so this recently refurbished space was almost full on the evening we visited, creating a friendly buzz.
Tables are tightly packed in – ‘larger’ diners, or those with anything confidential to discuss, might wish to look elsewhere.
Amici Miei (‘My Friends’) is an urban update of the traditional trattoria. The menu lists bruschetta, chicken milanese, tiramisu, panna cotta. Black-clad waiters appear at the table after dishes with, yes, suggestions of black pepper and parmesan.
A specials board advertised more adventurous options: we took up its offer of whitebait, which was a serviceable plate of deep fried fish and a wedge of lemon.
Goats’ cheese and aubergine ravioli with tomato sauce and basil was well made and refined – but our other main of Sardinian pasta with sausage meat and tomato sauce was bland in comparison.
We would have tried one of those stalwart desserts, but our corner table was overlooked by staff for a good ten minutes after our mains were finished, so we just asked for the bill.
Amici Miei is not without its virtues – it’s inexpensive, and there are several wines on the safe, all-Italian list for less than £20. It’s a lively and warm restaurant, too, with minimally stylish decor and twinkling candles. Due Sardi’s pizzas are certainly popular, and the ravioli showed promise, so perhaps order differently and you’ll be more impressed.
Amici Miei 28-30 Kingsland Road
- Venue phone:
020 7729 1594
- Opening hours:
Open Noon-11pm daily
Tube: Hoxton Overground or 149, 67 bus
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50
- 28-30 Kingsland Road
- 020 7729 1594
- 28-30 Kingsland Road
- Amici Miei
Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
The best Italian cuisine in East London! Chef Tanzanu's Sardinian cuisine is a concentrate of passion for cooking, use of fresh ingredients, and respect for tradition. The outstanding food and buzzing atmosphere makes this restaurant the perfect venue for a meal before a long night in one of Shoreditch's clubs and bars. Best dishes so far are the Tagliere di affettati as starter (mix of Sardinian salami, cheese and crispy bread); Scialatelli alla piscatora and finally Coniglio alla Sarda (special recipes of chef Tanzanu). The wine choice is also up to the food standards; great choice is the OFFIDA PECORINO ‘’LE MERLATTAIE’’ CHIU’ CHIU’ MARCH. The average price per person is £30/35 per person (including wine) which is great for the quality of the food. Looking forward to go back very soon!
We had some delicious meals in a lovely atmosphere: The cook is very good and the cooking is really sardinian. Food and ingredients are fresh and first class. We are looking forward to come back to London and have another meal at Amici Miei.
Buzzing atmosphere, kind and helpful staff and, most important, excellent food (starter: Gattuccio, main: Gnocchetti costa smeralda, dessert: Profiteroles) This is one of the very few restaurant where I can find not some standard, off the shelf italian dishes, but amazing and refined food. Highly recommended
Great pizzas. Authentic food (i'm Italian), friendly staff, nice ambience, warm and nice smelly. Average price but very good quality. Much better than the close Pizza East!
The ambience was fantastic and extremely appropriate for the location and clientele. The pizza was even better so I would highly recommend it.
Sometimes i wonder who they send to review these restaurants for time out! They often seem to give average places 5 stars and then give a great place like this only 2! I have been twice and the food and service are both brilliant. Simple, fresh, traditional Italian food done very well. Highly recommended.
Time Out might have visited on an off-night or perhaps, as I increasingly suspect nowadays, don't know what a decent restaurant is. Tasty, authentic and regional pasta dishes with quality ingredients and some of the best pizza in london. Though not on a par with zucca in bermondsey St, this is a very good neighbourhood restaurant that turns out great Italian home-cooking at very reasonable prices, and deserves more than 2 stars, so in the interests of balancing out the score given by the reviewer it gets a full 5 from me.