100 Best Restaurants 2009: Amici Miei
No. 91: Amici Miei
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Rina Rapuano, Eve Zibart
Comments () | Published February 1, 2009

Amici Miei
Address: 1093 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854
Phone: 301-545-0966
Neighborhood: Potomac/Cabin John
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11:30 to 9:30; Friday,10:30 AM to 10 PM; Saturday, 10:30 AM to 3 PM, 4:30 to 10; Sunday, 10:30 AM to 3 PM, 4:30 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Entrees, $11.95 to $20.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Cuisine: Trattoria cooking reminiscent of good neighborhood eateries in Italy. Chef and co-owner Davide Megna’s menu has gotten more daring since the place opened in 2004, so alongside signature pastas such as a textbook veal Bolognese and thin-crusted pizzas are lesser-known Italian preparations such as cockles in saffron broth.

Mood: This is a go-to spot for the neighborhood crowd, giving the dining room the feel of a house party at times. But co-owner Roberto Deias is gifted at making newcomers feel welcome.

Best for: Family dinners and celebrations.

Best dishes: Fritto misto of shrimp and squid; grilled baby octopus with borlotti beans; pappardelle with wine-soaked venison ragu; Sardinian malloreddus pasta with braised sausage ragu; specials of grilled sardines and whole grilled fish simply dressed with lemon and olive oil.

Insider tips: Daily specials showcase some of the most interesting cooking. The dessert cart might seem a bit retro, but the Capri-style chocolate-almond cake and poached pears are sure things.

Service: ••½

Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday for dinner. Moderate.

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