Albert Ferraresi Jr/ ChantaigneTim6:00am

22 07 2009


      Amici’s is an Italian restaurant located at 7620 N. Milwaukee on the northwest side in Niles, just on the outskirts of Chicago. From the outside, the restaurant looks like a house in a Tuscan village made of golden stucco with thick wooden framing and columns, and a red tile roof. Before you enter there is a brick patio with wooden lattice engulfed with real grapevines and grapes, with several tables underneath for outside dining. As you walk in ther is a 25′ bar with dining rooms on each side of it. One for family style dining, and the other for a more intimate setting.  The ambiance is very cozy yet rustic, with hardwood floors, brick walls, a large fireplace, and dim lighting with black iron chandeliers. The tables are set with red tableclothes lighted by candle, with rustic wooden chairs. The restaurant all around was very clean, including the spacious bathroom, displaying beautiful marble throughout.

     The service was good.The waitstaff looked very professional, dressed inall black including neckties.  They were very prompt at service, and seemed to know everything about the food and wine.  We asked for a recommendation and was very pleased with their suggestion.  Altogether with drinks, appetizer, entree, and dessert we were in and out in an hour and a half.

     Dinner was excellent!  The waitress recommended the Rolled Stuffed Eggplant for appetizer which was cut lenghtwise seasoned and grilled, rolled up and stuffed with ricotta cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  For my entree she recommended the Filet Gorgonzola.  The steak was grilled medium rare as I had asked.  Then it was topped with mushrooms, artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes, all cooked to perfection accompanied by a wonderful creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce.  Although there is no dessert menu, the waitress will come out with a tray of sweet sensations and explain every one to you.  We took no recommendation here, as soon as I seen the Tiramisu I knew I had to have it.

     So if you’re ever on the northwest side and craving excellent Italian cuisine I definately would stop at Amici’s.




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