Amore Ristorante Italiano

Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Italian, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Owners description

In this small, family-run Restaurant Amore, you will find classic Roman-Italian soul food in a casual but elegant setting. The menu is an array of traditional, rustic dishes that changes daily and focuses on local farm to table as well as imported Italian products. Amore showcases Italy’s finest artisanal gnocchi and pastas, served with traditional and imaginative sauces, along with a series of tasty antipasti and hearty main courses. Modelled after the simple restaurants in Italy that serve as neighbourhood dining rooms, the focus is on timeless classic Italian dishes such as "penne alla carbonara" and "gnocchi con gorgonzolla e noci". Amore is just the kind cozy neighbourhood restaurant you would be thrilled to find in the narrow back streets of Rome or Florence.

User reviews

  • Three of us went to Amore for the first time several months ago on a night when it was fully booked and all tables arrived within a short space of time, despite bookings having been staggered. As a result, service was slow and with everyone spending more time talking than eating, the noise level was high. It would have been unfair to write a detailed review of that evening, especially when Dessy (the chef's wife) and our waiter were so charmingly apologetic for the delays, and kept us informed of progress. Yet the memory of the delicious lamb cutlets I ate that night still lingers, and has stopped me from ordering a similar dish at other restaurants since then, because I felt sure I would be disappointed. So it was with great anticipation that I returned to Amore a week ago, and I am happy to say that everything was perfect! Once again there were three of us. We ordered a starter portion of carpaccio to share while deciding on our main courses. Dessy brought us some warm and beautifully light bread rolls which were the perfect accompaniment, and small enough not to spoil our appetites for what followed. My friends thoroughly enjoyed their gnocchi and fish dishes, while my pasta with wild boar sausage and silky-soft porcini mushrooms in a creamy sauce was lick-the-bowl delicious! After that we shared what I think was called Semifreddo di ricotta al caffè: a biscuit topped with a rounded mound of light ricotta dessert, drizzled with a coffee-caramel sauce. It was heavenly – next time I'll think twice about sharing it. Amore is officially my current favourite local restaurant!
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  • Amore was recommended by friends as a 'nice little Italian place' close to home. Actually it's a great little Italian place that I am thrilled to have at my doorstep. Lamb chops were simple, succulent and 'cut with a fork' tender. Fresh tagliatelle, with cherry tomato, bacon and a touch of cream was authentic soul food and (forgive me) better than my Italian Grandmother used to make it. The vibe is friendly, comfortable, unpretentious and just like eating at home .... only better.
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  • We popped in for a quick meal on a Friday night. The ambiance is cool and quite bland,and could do with some softer lighting but..... The food was sublime!! Best Gorgonzola gnocchi I have had for years. Soft and light,with the Gorgonzola not overpowering the dish . My partner enjoyed his salmon and vodka penne too. Well done chef. We will be back.
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  • Apologies - my previous review should have read Tuesdays to Saturdays for dinner also Saturdays and Sundays for lunch!
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  • We have so enjoyed this addition to Cape Town's southern suburbs dining scene. An Italian couple - the chef is from Rome, produce delicious authentic cuisine currently from a limited changing menu, with excellent pastas and desserts, although other items are very good too. Its BYO right now, open Tuesdays to Saturday for lunch and happily too on Saturday and Sunday for lunch. Just what this area needs, we recommend it, and will be back.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated

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