During the holidays I managed to squeeze in a meal at a new restaurant I had been wanting to try. Amano is the new restaurant from the Rio Mar and La Boca folks–two of my favorites. They’ve cornered the market on Spanish seafood and Argentinian steaks, and now they are trying their hand at central and southern Italian cuisine.
They are doing (very well) house made salumi and handmade pasta. You’re just about over those New Year’s diet resolutions, right? The menu is divided into 5 sections Salumi, Antipasti e Zuppa, Primi (pasta), Secondi and Contorni (sides). My date and I ordered a salumi dish (Bresaola con Ruccola e Grana: Air-cured “Piemontese” beef carpaccio with arugula & grana) and had a craft cocktail (a Chinotto: Hendricks gin, Averna amaro, house-infused bitters, orange juice and a Negroni, respectively) and then contemplated the menu. We decided to get one item from each menu and share, which turned out to be the perfect amount of food for the two of us.
For Antipasti we had Insalata di Mare: Salad of octopus, shrimp, squid, celery, & potatoes, which I was afraid might be too similar to one of my favorite dishes at Rio Mar (the grilled octopus) but no, it was unique and delicious. Then we shared the Spaghetti Carbonara. I wanted to order a more daring pasta dish, but, as my husband pointed out, trying the classics at a new place is a good way to rate the quality. It was good, but I still wish we had gotten the Gnudi con Funghi, Burro e Salvia:
Spinach & ricotta dumplings, local shiitakes, brown butter, sage or the Orecchiette con Salsiccia, Fagioli e Cavolo Nero: Orecchiette, fennel sausage, beans,Tuscan kale, ricotta salata. For our secondi we had Petto d’Anatra con Mandarino e Saba: Seared duck breast, satsuma, saba, rosemary-pistachio gremolata, which was cooked perfectly. We paired that with a side of Verdure Affogate: Braised local mustard greens. We had all that plus a total of three glasses of wine between us, and with tax and a healthy gratuity we got out of there spending less than $150.
Open for dinner M-Sat 6-10pm. Lunch Friday only from 11:30-2:30pm.