Amici at Ayala Triangle Gardens

Amici

The branch at Ayala Triangle Gardens is the 1st full-service restaurant of Amici.  It is the biggest too featuring 2 big brands: Amici & Cara Mia.

As most of you know, Amici is known to be a self-service restaurant.  I’m glad that they finally ventured into a full-service restaurant.  Especially for someone like me who wants to just sit and enjoy my meal, the change is definitely welcome.

amici restaurant

It was such a delight looking at Amici’s menu.  I love how they incorporated the history of Amici mentioning the priest from Dos Bosco who started it.  Sentimental owners, aren’t they?  We loved it!  I enjoyed flipping through the pages reading and looking at the photos.  But in all honesty, what really got me excited was looking at the actual menu items, because I knew we would be trying those delicious dishes at Amici & the sinfully wonderful deserts at Cara Mia.

amici menu

While looking at the menu I noticed that Amici actually uses a wooden brick oven.  They say that using it will bring out the flavors of the food.  That explains why Amici’s pizzas are so good.  On the picture below, just jook at the chef checking on the pizza that he was cooking.  It’s just so old world Italy almost when you look at the setup that they have.  You can even see all the wood at the bottom there.  Now that’s authentic style pizza if I ever saw one!

amici wood brick oven

Let me share the menu items that we tried out.  The flavors in each dish were distinctly different.  This was the 2nd restaurant we visited at Ayala Triangle Gardens.  I was actually starting to get full hahaha!

  • Spaghetti ai Tesori del Mare (Php 264)

seafood pasta at amici

This was basically a seafood pasta dish that has scallops, clams, mussels with chili oil and fresh tomatoes.  I didn’t like the scallops but the pasta tasted great!   Seafood pasta is usually a great order especially at an Italian or Mediterranean restaurant since their seafood dishes usually are very delicious.  I must admit that the pasta was really done to perfection, cooked al dente, and that the chili oil provided that wonderful essence of deep and spicy flavors, and yet it was so very subtle too.  It was a simple dish with garlic and tomato and that chili oil and seafood incorporated into it.  The problem was that the scallops wasn’t really all that good, and I’ve had some of the best scallops at other restaurants, and this just didn’t make the grade.

  • Tutta Carne (Php 298)

amici pizza

I’m a meat lover so out of the 2 pizzas served to us.  I immediately tried Tutta Carne.  This pizza has Italian sausage, ham and pepperoni with the usual cheese and dough.  With the brick oven, I wasn’t surprised really just how tasty the crust turned out to be.  I love how everything about this dish felt so authentic.  And did I mention that each bite that I took also seemed to have so much flavor, from the seasoning to the sauce, all the way to the dough.

  • Quattro Stagioni (Php 298)

amici four cheese pizza

Cheese lovers rejoice for your pizza is here!  It seemed that everyone wanted to try this out as soon as it was served to us.   And I wasn’t surprised because it really did look so delicious with all the four cheeses being incorporated into that pizza like that.  I even heard one of the bloggers say that it was better than what Yellow Cab pizza serves.  Again, all that flavor not only comes from the seasoning and the sauce, but that wooden brick oven really has to have so much part into creating their pizzas.  That wooden brick oven must really be their secret to success!  And lastly, I’m really glad that the dough wasn’t too thick which can sometimes be the case with other types of pizza out there.  The dough is soggy and sometimes not cooked all the way through.  Just because it’s not thin crust pizza doesn’t mean that the dough has to be anything other than just how Amici served their pizza..

  • Fetuccine at Tartufo Classico (Php 244)

fetuccini pasta amici

basically a mushroom pasta with button and shitake mushrooms.  This was definitely tastier and yummier than the seafood pasta.  I really loved the simplicity of this dish.  Because I honestly believe when it comes to pasta, the important parts of cooking it is having the pasta still firm but not too well cooked.   Then seasoning the sauce to perfection, and adding ingredients that compliment the pasta very well.  With Amici, I think they did a tremendous job in providing that delicious simplicity with this dish.

What I also liked most is that the Fetuccine at Tartufo Classico is one of the chosen products by Amici where each order of this menu item will have Php10 donated to Tuloy Foundation (a charity group for street children).  It was definitely nice of Amici to think of this.  Not to mention, their dishes are actually cheap and very affordable!

Now, as much as I love Amici’s pizzas and pasta, their desserts are just the winner for me.  Last year, they actually formalized it and created a brand for their desserts.  It’s now called Cara Mia.

caramia

Cara mia serves gelato, gelato cakes, usual refrigerated cakes and pastries.  I’m sorry but my eyes were just fixed on their gelato which had been my favorite ever since it was served at Amici.  See my happy face beside the gelato selections.  I was trying to hide my excitement! hahaha!

amici gelato caramia

I was also pleasantly surprised that they serve gelato cakes!  I was like wow, that’s new!  It’s basically like an ice-cream cake but Cara Mia’s version is different.

So we asked, what’s the difference between a gelato and an ice cream?  And they shared with us that the only actual difference is the type of dairy product they put into each one.  Gelato is made from fresh milk while Ice cream is made from cream, it was that simple.  I learned something new that day.  Well that definitely explained why gelato has smoother texture and taste better.  Now we know ;)

  • Peach Walnut Passion (Php 95)

peach walnut passion cake amici

This is bascially peach gelato with walnuts!  Oh my golly!  heavenly!  I noticed that it was not really pure gelato cake but it was a combination of the traditional cake but it has more gelato.  Awesome creation.  Amici really does know that we always come back for their gelato! :D  I mean, who wouldn’t?  Their gelato is truly something that you have to try out for yourself to really get the idea of why it is so popular!

  • Mango Symphony (Php 95)

mango symphony cake caramia

Mango gelato with mango chunks plus graham crackers.  If 1 slice isn’t enough for you, you can order the whole cake which is priced at Php 690.  I’m also glad that I was able to try this out.  Again, it may seem like the ordinary mango refrigerator cake, but what always separates high end restaurants and desert places is how they take it one step further.  First they use premium mango gelato, add those chunks of mango, the little crumbs of graham crackers too.  And that mango sauce on the side, it’s simple, but it’s that added simplicity that really make Cara Mia stand out.  And don’t forget the taste, in all honesty, this was one of the best mango refrigerator cakes that I’ve tasted.

  • Pistachio Gelati (Php 70)

pistachio gelato caramia

Everybody just couldn’t wait to sample the gelati/gelato.  I didn’t have enough time to take picture in whole as they took quite a few scoops of it already hahaha!  Well, it’s fine.  You get the point right?  It was that delicious!  This green gelato was pistachio.  Yummeh!

  • Sans Rival Gelati (Php 70)

sansrival gelato caramia

Sans Rival gelato is definitely new and I was pleasantly surprised as to how delicious it is.  It will now be one of my favorite gelato flavors in Cara Mia.  You must try this if you haven’t done so.  I just can’t believe how great they were at this, imagine taking delicious sans rival and making it into gelato form!  Brilliant!  I’m now interested as to what other flavors they will be able to come up with next!  And yes, they took a few scoops of it too before I was able to take a picture.  Must not let people wait for Cara Mia’s gelati!

I really enjoyed my time there at Amici/Cara Mia considering I was with my mom and ninang!  They met for the 1st time!  My mom was my official photographer hahaha while ninang Noemi is a fellow blogger.

Roch mom and ninang noemi at amici

I’m definitely glad that Amici has become a full-service restaurant.  I will definitely be back as Ayala Triangle Gardens is just near my work place.  Cara Mia Gelato, I will be back for you!

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Amici & Caramia
Restaurants at the Ayala Triangle Gardens
Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati City

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  • Daniel Escurel Occeño

    Hi Roch, I would go to Amici and a reason to go to the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. I would really need money for that business just to dress and buy the “cheapest” on the menu with a glass of water – “the poor man’s order”.
    In college it was just a glass of water to watch several friends munch down a large supreme Godfather’s Pizza and a pitcher of beer. Godfather’s Pizza is a different style of pizza than Amici – based on your award winning photographs. The desserts make me wish I had money, but the pizza and pasta look pretty good. Going to a full-service, does that mean it is not an “all-you-can-eat” buffet for one low price?
    Rural America with factories and farmers started to venture to a more “all-you-can-eat” marketing for a set price, for restaurants to survive. The hurried lifestyle of working caused to brown bag (bring a sandwich to work) so the “all-you-can-eat” buffet with the set price attracted the working class with limited time back to restaurants.
    It was to cater to a working class society than a society that catered to a more tourist clientele with time to spend sitting and waiting for the order. Lunch time was when the “all-you-can-eat” buffet benefited the restaurant. Big volume traffic was the goal to offset the expense of pre-cooked food. It worked because of the hurried one-hour and maybe even 30 minutes for lunch world with automobiles.
    “All-You-Can-Eat” might work in the “only” FOOT TRAFFIC isolated world the Ayala Group is trying to market to.

  • Anonymous

    ang dami nang bago sa ayala triangle. im missing a lot! i miss amici. its good na full service resto na sila, unlike their other branches na self service lang,.. the gelato is yummehh!!

  • Parobagirl

    Hi, Roch! I enjoyed reading your blogs as well as viewing the super-delish looking pictures of Cara Mia’s gelato. I used to work in Makati in the late 70s while I was in college. I’m very impressed with the way Makati looks nowadays especially the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Can’t wait to visit Makati & try your suggested places to eat. I’m aiming for the
    Pistachio Gelati (yum-yum!!!)
    Thanks a lot I found your blogsite when I searched for IKABUD resto. I was born in Pampanga and I’ll be visiting Pinas for 55 days….so many activities planned for these days!!!!
    for these days
    for these days