This Prospect Heights pizza and pasta joint has a dedicated following among the neighborhood’s residents. The menu reads like any typical old-school Italian restaurant, but the focus on seasonal ingredients sets Amorina apart. The special “Will to Live” pizza changes nightly—one day, it could be made with fresh ramp pesto and mozzarella, and the next, it could be a meaty sausage pie. Classics like the margherita ($12) and tricolore ($15) pizzas make an appearance, as do more inventive options like the gorgonzola e frutta, with wine-soaked figs, caramelized pears and a drizzle of honey. If you want something other than a slice, there’s plenty of pasta to choose from—think rigatoni with cremini and porcini mushrooms ($15.50), baked ziti with smoked mozzarella, stewed tomatoes and bechamel sauce ($15) and eggplant parmigiana ($15). The restaurant serves up all kinds of traditional sweets for dessert, like ricotta cheesecake with orange and a flourless chocolate cake with caramel (both $7).
624 Vanderbilt Ave corner of Prospect Place
|Cross street:||between Park and Prospect Pls|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm; Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, Q to Seventh Ave; 2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza and B69 Bus to Vanderbuilt and Prospect Place|
|Price:||Average main course: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
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This place is the best! Perfect intimate environment with friendly staff and authentic Italian cuisine.
This place is a neighborhood classic. Their pizzas are always a crowd pleaser, and the only place around that has some authentic tomato sauce. Even just their spaghetti with tomato sauce makes me so happy. I go here all the time and I'm never let down!!!! I can't wait to go back.
Amorina is as consistently delicious as any fancy-schmancy restaurant, but without the pretense. We love it for its warmth, hospitality and familiar neighborhood feeling. Their pizza crust is always perfect, tasty and never ever soggy. And if you are not in the mood for pizza, there is a menu full of other wonderful and savory dishes.
Love love love Amorina!!!! Delicious creative amazing food - wonderful atmosphere of cooking and service from the heart! Lovely wines, lovely people and a welcome home smile every time you come through their door! The absolute best pizza in NYC!!!!
This place is home to us. We've come here since it opened, held our post-wedding family brunch here, and now bring our very young daughter for dinner on a weekly basis. It is our happy place. The atmosphere is definitely rustic and humble, with "baby hour" before 7:00 or so (this used to annoy us until we had a child, now we rejoice!). The waitstaff and cooks are the sweetest, most wonderful people ever. The food is simple, thoughtful cooking at its best, with consistent standards and very good specials that change with what's at the market. After a recent trip to Italy, we told one of our favorite waitresses honestly that Amorina rivals the best food we found there. Love you, Amorina! See you soon.