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Jan 15, 2010 06:47 AM

Amis reports?

Anyone dine at Amis last night? Thinking of going there tonight and grabbing a seat at the bar... I would love to get a report before I go... thanks!

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  1. Hi J Andrew

    I dined at Amis for Friends & Family night and can say it is definitely worth the trip. Highlights: pork liver terrine with mostarda, fried lamb's tongue with salsa rosa, seppia (cross between octopus and squid) with fennel and grapefruit, bucatini with pork jowl, mascarpone semifreddo.

    Great wine list, too... we had a Sardinian red (can't remember obscure grape varietal) that was a stunner.


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    1. re: FeliciaDAmbrosio

      Thanks for the report Felicia! Love your work on Meal Ticket by the way... thanks for the great work, a must read everyday!

    2. is this the new vetri place?

      for a while, i was going for weekly runs in front of Osteria, and there were always union guys out there picketing, something about Amis. Anyone know anything about that?

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      1. re: Bob Loblaw

        They did the same thing when Smoking Betty's was opening as well as other places. Vetri et al used non-Union labor for the construction of the place. Just some typical Philly Union shit; they are like a more organized versions of the Foie Gras protesters, ignore them and enjoy the food.

      2. Just got back from dinner there. Everything was incredible. Drank a bottle of Barbera D'Alba that was fantastic. Ate the salumi platter (a sampling of the salumi, melt-in-your-mouth coppa, and pork liver terrine), endive and celery salad (varied from bitter to salty, but I liked the salty-anchovy dressing), crispy sweetbreads, grateen (sp?) baccala, and two pastas: the bucatini w/pork jowls and the gnocchi with oxtails. Favorites were the baccala (a creamy dip tasting of salty fish), the pork liver terrine, and the gnocchi.

        We ordered MORE than enough, could have done much less to keep the cost down, but everything was incredible.

        For dessert we split the ricotta and espresso budino, which was a nice, light pudding that was a good complement to the rest of our wine.

        Service was good, polished for a week of being opened!

        1. I just made a reservation for the night-before-Valentine's-Day for me and the SO. Seemed a perfect choice as we'd just had a wonderful vacation trip to Rome this past fall and absolutely loved the food.

          So, what are the must-have dishes? I've been reading so-so reports on the desserts, so wondering how we should plan to order to maximize the best stuff. The gnocchi with oxtail ragu sounds a must, as do the artichokes as I nearly ate them every night while in Rome...

          Also, I see on their website that they're going to offer corkage for bringing-your-own...since we have a very nice home collection of wines from Italy from our trips there, was wondering if anyone knew what the fee is off-hand to decide whether to bring-along or not...

          1. Got to try it on Thursday before a play. Wonderful. Fritto misto to die for, superb terrine, canneloni and gnocchi. Wine list extremely good, and service generally quite good. They were (not too agressively, but still palpably) trying to turn over the tables.

            One little sour note. Table next to us knew a staff member and asked to have her come over and talk to them. This girls got between the tables so her butt was basically in my face (about 10 inches away) for a 2-3 minute conversation. She was a kid, and probably had no idea, but they ought to know better.

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            1. re: FrancisdeR

              there are those who'd consider that 'sour note' quite a plus!
              (but, yes, i could see how that would be unappealing... it does seem like the sort of thing that a good manager could deal with tactfully, if they knew about it).