Food: average; service: average; wine: average, $: expensive
The restaurant had such great reviews, yet the experience was disappointing:
The restaurant setting is terrific for a date: dim lights, intimate, charming and quiet. And on a tuesday night, parking was easy.
Our server was slow to greet us, seat us, bring bread and water, yet he was quick to pick up the bill, twice, before we had a chance to pay.
Waiter aside (I hate to knock down a restaurant for the behavior of 1 person working there), and onto the wine: The wine selection is poor, and by the glass, they offer a dismal selection. They offer Sutter Home at $10/glass! I had a glass of pinot which was awful.
The main event, Food: The appetizer salad that my date and I shared, with hearts of palm, artichoke and Parmesan was delicious. I chose the seafood pasta. Terrible: The pasta tasted store-bought, the seafood selection consisted of a few sad strings of squid, 8 micro-clams and bits of mystery white fish. The sauce was a tomato base with a good consistency, yet there was so much salt in the dish, that one could taste nothing but salt. Dessert: Tiramisu. A solid choice. Tasted home-made, and fresh. The coffee was horrible.
Finally, the bill: So far, it would seem like a typical dinner, average in most every way, except for the whopping $140 bill. 2 glasses of wine, a shared salad, my pasta, my date's piece of fish (which I never tried), a shared piece of tiramisu and 2 coffees! $25 for my pasta! And the best part: $2 additional charge for splitting the salad! That p'd me off... Anyway, all in, an average place, for a high price.
My recommendation: If you're looking for a good Italian food (and wine) near to Amici, a great ambiance, and a reasonable price, try Dominick's instead.