Amici is a fantastic, family-run trattoria on Lisburn Road in Belfast that serves pizzas, pastas and the best tiramisu you’ll ever taste on this side of the Irish sea... This continental, Italian spot in Botanic has a sizeable menu with some exciting dishes like their Tuscan Chowder comprised of a light fennel and garlic scented tomato sauce, sea bass, red mullet, scampi, squid and mussels, served with warm sourdough bread. Truly a cut above the rest, Amici even has some amazing gluten free options (which is no mean feat for an Italian restaurant!) — with gluten free calamari, gnocchi, steak and multiple dessert options for anyone avoiding pesky gluten. Located just a short walk from the Botanic Gardens, Amici is the ideal location for a nice Sunday lunch after a walk in The Tropical Ravine.
Lovely restaurant. Autentic italian feel. The food is delicious and very well priced. Children are well catered for. The staff is nice and the service is quick. Good coffee as well.
Brilliant food and terrific service! Really great night! Def recommend. If booking using online system check your junk email as my confirmation message automatically went there
Small business but lovely, honest food. Staff were so friendly even putting up Alice's (aged 6) drawing!.dont walk past without tasting the freshest of food.
We were greeted immediately, seated promptly and introduced to our options in an informative and polite manner. The atmosphere was welcoming, warmly lit with pleasant music and the glow of conversation. The menu had a good range of options including gluten free starters, main courses, and desserts. We had fried calamari and scampi as starters, and braised beef in red wine and 'tagliate (10oz sliced sirloin beef steak) as main courses, all well presented and prepared. The wine suggestion (red Chianti) was successful and the service impeccable. It was an experience worth sharing. Highly recommended and a place to go back.
Booked table for 6pm on Valentines Day. Arrived a little early but staff where friendly and sat us quickly. We took about 8 minutes to choose our food from the pre-theatre menu. We ordered the calamari and the arancini balls to start and pasta and gnocchi for our mains. The starters arrived almost instantly. The pre-theatre menu starters are the smaller starter portion size and boy, they really were small portions. We got around 7 small rings of squid and three tiny arancini balls. This not only made sharing awkward but we saw the portion of the large calamari starter and it looked much more sensible as a portion size. The food itself tasted really good so we were a little miffed. £3.50 for three tiny rice balls on a bed of lettuce didn't seem a fair price at all. Anyway, our tiny starter was taken away and we didn't have long to wait before we got out mains. One pasta dish and one beef with gnocchi. Both meals were tasty and this time the portion sizes seemed reasonable for the price. There could have been more veg with the beef but overall we were happy with the speed of the kitchen and the food itself. Sadly, given that it was Valentines day, we had thought there might have been a better atmosphere with the lighting and the music. Not that we didn't enjoy listening to Eye of the Tiger while in a nice Italian restaurant but they hadn't really seemed to make much effort for the holiday. Also we did feel we where slightly rushed through our "romantic" dinner, thankfully we hadn't bought wine to share as we left the restaurant within 35 minutes of arriving. We may be back in the future probably just for mains though... but at the same time we aren't in a hurry either.
The proverbial saying, ' don't judge a book by its cover' holds true for Amici. The understated exterior belies the culinary gem to be found inside. Exquisite, freshly-cooked Italian food that's packed with flavour, And all at excellent value too. My partner lived in Italy for four years, so she knows authentic Italian cuisine when she tastes it, and this, she reckoned, was pretty damn good! I got the impression it's a family-run establishment which also adds a certain charm, with attentive but unobtrusive service. So for a flavoursome , great value meal with friends, give Amici a go.
Excellent Italian restaurant with a very extensive menu.The braised beef was very flavoursome and so tender. Pizza was cooked to perfection. The desserts were authentic Italian - magnifico! The staff were very friendly and keen to ensure we had all our requirements. This is a restaurant I will be visiting again.
Plenty of choice on menu and good quality food. The atmosphere/décor could perhaps be improved upon though... Also, although the staff were very pleasant, we did have to make some very basic requests (such as new cutlery for our second course). However, overall we had a good quality, tasty meal in a quiet, relaxed and authentic Italian restaurant. We would certainly be happy to return in future.
I visited Amici last week .Delicious food..all freshly cooked and very reasonably priced.I had the amazing tiramisu for dessert...you have to try it! All the Staff are friendly and attentive.It is a great asset to the Lisburn road.
Food and service was very good but the restaurant was very quiet with few guests, which obviously effected the atmosphere. As we were the only guests at the end of the evening, we felt we had to leave so that staff sould go home.