Amici’s Restaurante

Amici's Steak and Chese

RESTAURANT REVIEW — This is a local, family owned, classic Italian restaurant without a lot of bells and whistles, where the focus really is on quality food. We were pleasantly surprised that they make a very tasty pizza. Amici’s is one of several relatively new restaurants in the shopping center anchored by the Harris Teeter grocery store at Hoadly road near the Prince William County Parkway.

We tried both their standard cheese pizza as well as their Hawaiian-style (ham and pineapple) pizza and thought they were quite good. At another sitting, we also tried their “Amici’s Special” pizza, which comes with the works — pepperoni, sausage, ham, beef, black olives, green peppers, mushrooms, onions and extra cheese. Wow, what a pizza! We couldn’t finish the packed pizza at one sitting, and took it home, and it really warms up nicely for a leftover snack. (Gotta use a toaster oven, not a microwave to get your slice back to being close to what you were originally served.) Their pizza has a really unique crust, just a little crunch on the bottom giving way to a yeasty softness, with a unique tasting tomato sauce that distinguishes it from other pizza places.

They offer much more than pizza, however. They have a full array of subs and sandwiches, and we were quite impressed by their “Steak and Cheese” sub. Now being born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, I am pretty wary of any place that calls its cheesesteak offering a “steak and cheese.” It usually means you’ll get something not even close to the Philly original. But I was very pleasantly surprised by the Amici’s version. No wonder it’s their top-selling item. Good quality meat and plenty of it, nicely grilled onions and Provolone cheese melted throughout and a good sub roll. They serve it with lettuce, tomato and mayo (more typically called a cheesesteak hoagie in Philly land), but if you’re a purist, like I am, you can always ask them to hold the LTM. (Yes, that photo is an actual picture of an Amici’s steak and cheese sub, not a stock photo. Pretty mouth-watering, eh?)

We’ve also tried their Gyro, and I’ve got to say it’s one of the best we’ve ever had. They make their own Tsatsiki sauce. Great meal and a great value.

We’ll be back try some of their other traditional Italian entrees and other dishes as well as more of their lunch fare, like their wide variety of sandwiches and salads. I saw that they serve a reuben sandwich so of course I will soon have to try it and see where it falls in my reuben rating system.

They’ve also got a great 2-for-1 special going on their pizzas as of this writing. Buy one large pizza and get a second large of equal or lesser value free.

Check back often for our updated review.

IF YOU GO:
Amici’s Restaurante
12623 Galveston Court
(Hoadly Rd and PW County Parkway near Harris Teeter)
Map
(703) 878-6652

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