I know I’ve said before that Vietnamese food is my favorite because it addresses all elements of taste and it’s healthy–blah, blah, blah. No. Over the years, I’ve forced myself to have a penchant for anything healthy but nothing else tops my true love for pizza. I consider International Pizza Day a holiday. Everything else is thrown out the window. So when I heard Amici’s Chef Paolo Moran had event to introduce new pizza added to their delicious roster, I was determined to keep my stomach empty the night before and shamelessly stuff my face for the event.
Fun Fact: Amici used to be a modest little canteen owned by Fr. Gianluigi Colombo. Back in 2004, he made the place a common ground for all to enjoy home-cooked Italian food. In 2007, Amici was passed on to the Morans and have been improving the look, feel, and taste Amici has to offer. Today, Executive Chef Paolo Moran leads the new wave and promises to deliver the best pizza in the city.
Chef Paolo has worked in Italy (specifically in Florence, Sienna, and Sicily) for some odd years. His experience is one to be contested so I had to confront him about what he thinks makes his pizza so special.
“I feed the yeast”, said Chef Paolo smirkingly. Apparently, he adds sugar to his slow aged dough to nourish healthy yeast and then end up with a fluffy, soft, chewy, slightly sweet pizza dough.
I was intently watching the Chef at work in his kitchen on the flip side of a glass pane. They use a modern brick oven fueled by firewood to bake their pizza. “It’s all about equal heat distribution”, said his brother, Philip Moran. According to Chef Paolo, heat is distributed evenly for 5-6 minutes at 300 to 320 degrees celsius. The result: delicious, soft, chewy and slightly crunchy, evenly baked fresh pizza.
The Trio Platter (PHP 525) is a combination of Amici’s 3 favorite appetizers: chewy Mozzarella Fritto, juicy Chicken Tenders, and crunchy Italian Chips with Hollandaise and Marinara sauce for dunking. The platter is great for sharing and a really tasty way to build up an appetite!
The Il Supremo! (PHP 445) is my new favorite pizza at Amici. It’s made with Italian sausage, ham, pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, black olives, anchovies, mozzarella, and parmesan. This amalgamation of everything *good on pizza took my breath away!
*Notice how there aren’t any pineapples on it? That’s because pineapples aren’t supposed to be on pizza. There’s a special place in hell for those who like pineapples on their pizza. Trust me. If the Italians aren’t doing it, you shouldn’t.
The Carne Fuego (PHP 475) is a spicy and savory sensation fit for the gods! Overloaded with spicy italian sausage, bacon, pepperoni, ham, mozzarella, and parmesan, this all-meat pizza will leave questioning why you ever considered being a boring vegetarian in the first place.
The The Smoked BBQ Pork (PHP 455) features tender pulled pork in tasty Hickory BBQ sauce that is both pleasantly stimulating to the tongue as it is exciting to the mind. Topped with fresh onions and served with chopped lettuce tossed in Caesar dressing, this pizza playfully tickles your senses!
The Honey Sriracha Chicken (PHP 438) is delightfully sweet and spicy as it’s made with shredded chicken in Honeybutter and Sriracha. Then, like a surprise curve ball, it hits with a slightly salty and sour taste from drizzled Blue Cheese sauce!
Even though Amici has upgraded their look, taste, and feel, Fr. Colombo’s mission still lives on through them: for each order of those new pizza dishes, PHP 10 will go to Tuloy Foundation to help support a special project to help give street kids a second chance. Good guys with great pizza! These dudes are all right in my book. Visit www.tuloyfoundation.org to learn more.
Amici is also in cahoots with their sister Boutique Cakes and Gelati shop Caramia. We were treated with one of their iconic cakes:
The Coffee Honeycomb Cake (PHP 110/slice, PHP 745/whole) is moist, crunchy, and rich in mocha flavor. It’s not too sweet nor too bitter. To be honest, if no one was looking I would have probably grabbed the whole thing for myself and sit alone in a corner.
Location: G/F 101 Missouri Square, Missouri Corner Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City
Sunday to Thursday: 6 AM to 10 PM
Friday to Saturday: 6 AM to 11 PM
Contact Number: (+63 2) 724-4804