100 Best Restaurants 2008: Amici Miei
No. 85: Amici Miei
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
Amici Miei
Address: 1093 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD 20854
Phone: 301-545-0966
Neighborhood: Rockville
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 9:30, Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10 PM, and Sunday 5 to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Rockville
Price Range: Expensive
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Price Details: Entrees, $11.95 to $20.95.

Cuisine: Antipasti, pastas, grilled fish, and meats sidestep the clichés found at most neighborhood Italian eateries—chef/owner Davide Megna spent his formative cooking years in Piedmont. Wood-oven pizzas are some of the best around.

Mood: Black-and-white photos of Italian celebs such as Sophia Loren set the scene in the boisterous dining room, where owner/manager Roberto Deias greets guests and keeps an eye on things.

Best for: Dinner with extended family and celebrations on a budget.

Best dishes: Crunchy calamari fritti; thin-crusted Margherita pizza; grilled whole fish of the day with olive oil, lemon, and herbs; linguine with baby clams; fettuccine with veal ragu; Capri-style chocolate-and-nut cake.

Insider tips: Deias is from Sardinia, and there are several fine, reasonably priced Sardinian wines on the list. In summer, outdoor tables are a respite from the high volume inside.

Service: ••½

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