Had dinner at Amici at the corner of 26th and San Vicente tonight in Brentwood. Overall, a wonderful experience. Felt very taken care of by our waiter. All the staff were extremely courteous and overly attentive.
My friend and I each had a glass of Pinot Grigio. Wine list by the glass was very limited, but they had extensive half bottle and full bottle lists... unfortunately for us.
Started with the heirloom tomato salad with onions, basil, and feta. Tomatoes were extremely tasty. My friend didn't order an appetizer, and I said she could taste mine... so the waiter unnecessarily split the dish, which I resented, and then charged us 2 dollars for the split fee, which I didn't request. This however was his only faux pas, so I let it slide.
I had the dover sole with a white wine and lemon sauce, which was absolutely wonderful, although I don't know that I would have ordered it had I known that the special cost 34 dollars. I know dover is more pricey, and while I enjoyed it, it wasn't 34 dollars enjoyable. Friend had the flame broiled chicken, which was hugely portioned at 16 bucks. Very moist and tasty.
Bread was nothing to write home about but was served with checca and hummus, which I don't care for, and which my friend said tasted a little too "chick pea-y."
The ambience is nice, but extremely loud due to the wood and high ceilings. Not great for extensive conversation, but the ladies next to us seemed to overcome the noise issue by yelling, which was nice of them so that we could hear their conversation too. Tables are definitely crammed into the space, which I found to inspire a definite claustrophobia and also caused us to be too concerned with the tables around us. A little more intimacy and privacy would be nice. The space is just too small for that many tables.
One other thing I noticed is that the entire staff is male. Not a single female there. Interesting. I had no problem at all with the service as I said before, and felt extremely taken care of, in a strangely odd male sense.
Total for 2 with 1 appetizer, 1 menu entree, 1 overpriced special, and 2 glasses of wine with tax and tip was 107 dollars... a little more than I was expecting, but oh well. I would return nonetheless.
26th St and San Vicente