Amici Miei Italian Home Cooking @ Kingsland Road, Shoreditch

Pizza Eastに行く通り道にあるイタリアン・レストラン、Amici Miei(アミーチ・ミエイ)。お店ができた時から気になっていたが、頭はいつもPizza Eastのピッツァで占められているので、いつも素通りしていた。でも先週の寒波の際に、近場でランチをと考えていたところ、ふとここを思い出し試してみた。

Amici Mieiは、隣にあるサルデーニャ料理のレストラン&テークアウト店、Due Sardi(ドゥエ・サルディ:二人のサルデーニャ人の意)のオーナーの2軒目のお店。「Amici Miei(私の友人たち)」と言う名前の通り、スタッフはフレンドリー。隣の、いかにもアングラ・ショーディッチ風のDue Sardiと違い、そのインテリアはシンプル&ナチュラル、洒落た田舎のトラットリアという感じで、なかなか可愛い。

奥にピッツァ用の石窯があるからには、やはりピッツァにトライしなければと、定番のMargherita(マルゲリータ:写真奥)とMarinara(マリナーラ:同手前)を注文。期待満々で熱々のピッツァを口にしてすぐ、期待が失望に変わった。ピッツァ・クラストが美味しくない。粉っぽくて、ナポリピザのようにモチモチしていないが、ローマ風にパリパリでもない。トマトソースは味がなく、明らかにフレッシュでないモッツァレッラや、少ししなびたオリーブなどのトッピングもかなり残念。でも、インターネットで調べると、客の評価は上々。考えられる可能性:1)私たちが間違ってる、2)その日のシェフが新入りだった、3)お店の「Amici(友人)」たちが上乗せ評価。要再確認。

We have passed in front of this Italian restaurant, Amici Miei, dozens of times when we went to Pizza East. Since its opening, we wanted to try this place, but our minds were preoccupied with pizza at Pizza East every time we passed by, and we just like, “well, we would try another time”. But last week with big freeze, we didn’t want to go far and finally dined at Amici Miei.

Amici Miei is the second restaurant of the owner of Due Sardi (= two Sardinians in English) , a casual Sardinian eatery next door. As its name “Amici Miei (=my friends)” suggests, staffs were pleasantly friendly. In compare to typical Shoreditch-y offbeat Due Sardi, its interior is smart & simple, and more like cute trattoria in Italy.

We saw a stone oven on the back of the restaurant, and immediately made up our mind to order pizza. We had Italians’ favorites, Margherita (back in the photo below) and Marinara (front in the photo). Our expectation reached the top when the waiter brought us our pipping hot dishes, but it turned sour as we had a bite. Pizza crust was neither chewy as Neapolitan pizza or crunchy as Roman style, but just the taste of flour. Tomato sauce was too little and mozzarella (not the fresh kind) was too much, and the olives were just bad. However, people seem to like their pizza as I checked online reviews. Some possibilities: 1) we are wrong, 2) chef of the day was an intern, 3) the reviews were done by their ‘amici’. Need to try Amici Miei again to tell our verdict.

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