Amici Miei
Elegant, unpretentious Italian cooking hidden in a Rockville shopping plaza.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 6, 2006

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

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THE SCENE. The restaurant-going crowd in Rockville and Potomac has something to smile about these days. Amici Miei is the sort of dining room everyone wants in the neighborhood: a stylish yet unpretentious trattoria that captures the essence of regional Italian cuisine. And owners Davide Megna and Roberto Deias, both natives of Italy who've done stints at a half dozen well-known Italian eateries between them, go out of their way to charm their diners, regulars or not.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE. Megna's cooking reminds you that a dish doesn't need a dozen exotic ingredients to woo. Italy has hundreds of modest restaurants of this sort; they're much harder to find here.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The by-the-glass wine list could use a bit of bolstering. And all that marble and bare wood in the dining room means things can get loud.

BEST DISHES. A luscious vitello tonnato; fresh butterflied-and-grilled sardines to pop in the mouth; crisp-crust wood-oven pizzas, including a feisty diavola with spicy salami and roasted peppers; pork sausage with a bitter counterpoint of broccoli rabe; lamb chops with a sauce of wine and raisins; branzino cooked whole with salmoriglio, a pungent olive-oil herb sauce; the Caprese, a grainy chocolate nut cake popular on the Amalfi coast.

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