I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Amici di Don Bosco that I just had to visit this restaurant. Oh boy, I wasn’t disappointed at all! I loved it so much I’ve gone there three times last month! Amici serves home-cooked Italian food at very reasonable prices. The restaurant has a cafeteria-like floor plan which gives off an informal and laid back ambiance. I loved the restaurant’s simplicity and homey air.
You order your meals from separate counters — one for the pizza, one for pasta. There’s also another counter for the Pinoy food and another counter for take-home bread and pastries. I’ve been told that the lines tend to be long during lunch hour but don’t be discouraged by the wait! The feast will be worth it. Your food will be delivered to your table. If you’d like a drink of water, just go to any of the two chillers in the restaurant. There you’ll find a set of drinking glasses, pitchers of water and an ice chest.
One of the pasta dishes I’ve tried is their Spinach Cannelloni. It was very delicious! The thing is it was so rich I couldn’t finish it up. I think it was a bit too cheesy for me. So if you’re a cheese lover, I’m sure this will give you one happy tummy. Oh, I loved that they were very generous with the spinach! This dish is a perfect partner to any pizza. A regular pasta dish costs around P130-150. But wait… isn’t cannelloni shaped like a tube?
Now here’s the breakthrough. H is not into pasta. He always opts for rice meals over spaghetti. Not this time! The first time we went to Amici, I got Spaghetti alle Vongole and he ordered Beef Steak from the Pinoy food section. After one taste of the Vongole, he became a pasta convert. Now, he orders his own Vongole everytime we go to Amici. The sauce is very delicious and they don’t scrimp on the seafood.
This is one of the best pizzas I’ve tried. I forgot what this one’s called, but it had tomatoes, mozzarella, sausages and ham on a thin crust. The crust was crisp and the toppings were cooked just right. Amici serves pizza in one size only though so H and I had a lot of leftovers. That was okay since we got to take them home. Their pizza’s quite a lot for 2 people, unless you both have big appetites. A whole pizza costs P240.
They also serve gelato in different flavors. I tried the vanilla with pistachio nuts and it was insanely good. I have to go back for that. H got his usual strawberry and it was divine. One gelato scoop costs only P35.
Amici di Don Bosco is located beside the Don Bosco Church along Arnaiz Road (formerly Pasay Rd.), Makati. You can park inside the church then walk to the restaurant. Drop by the church too and say a prayer. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, from 11:00am to to 9:00pm, Monday to Saturday. If you’re interested, they also offer cooking classes.