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Amicis Restaurant (Stockport)
Member Name: cdonkin
Amicis Restaurant (Stockport)
Advantages: great food, large portions, friendly staff, great value
Amicis in Stockport, United Kingdom regularly wins best Restaurant awards for Stockport and if you visit you will see it is no surprise as to why. Amicis is a traditional Italian style restaurant located on Buxton Road. It is open seven nights a week and can host over 120 diners in its large cavernous dining area.
Amicis is located at 59 - 61 Buxton Road in Stockport. Buxton Road otherwise know as the A6 is the main road connecting Stockport to Manchester running from Piccadilly right through Stockport town centre and on to Buxton and further. This makes Amicis very accessible by bus and by car. I live in Manchester and regularly visit this restaurant. If you choose to drive there is a reasonable sized car park to the rear of the restaurant.
From the outside Amicis doesn't look as big as it really is. The building looks small and quaint, however when you enter you get an idea of the full scale. There is a bar and lounge area where you can enjoy a glass of wine before being seated. When you do get to the seating area you will be impressed. The dining room is much bigger than I expected it to be, and is decorated nicely in murals depicted Venice and other Italian cities. Music plays softly in the background, not too loud, not too quiet and the tables are well decorated with table clothes, cutlery and wine glasses.
Once you are seated the friendly and knowledgeable staff greats you with menus and take you drink order. They will also place a chalk board with the days specials wrote on near your table for your viewing. The specials are regularly updated with fresh fish dishes and traditional Italian meals specially prepared daily. I've not eaten from the special board though it is my intention to the next time I visit.
Where Amicis really excels is the food. You get extremely generous portions, none of the pretentious bite sized meals you find in upmarket restaurants, and here the food is piled on your plate. It can seem too much at times but I would rather be given too much food than too little. The food is also excellently priced. The food is all traditional Italian food and a full menu can be found at http://www.amicirestaurant.net/Main-Menu.html#1
As you can see all tastes are catered for and there is a wide selection of meals to choose from so you can keep going back and trying something else. My personal favourite is the spaghetti Bolognese (£7.95). The pasta is delicately cooked and the beef mince is perfectly seasoned. It is defiantly one of the best I have tasted. I order it with the Brushetta (£3.95) as a side and wash it down with an ice cold beer. If you don't wish to order off the menu there is also a buffet menu and they do tapas and Italian sharing meals. Finish off your meal with one of their tasty deserts, if you have room for it that is. There is a modest list of beers to enjoy your meal with and a list of Italian wines with a southern bias.
On Friday nights the restaurant is open until 1pm and features a dinner dance. I have not indulged in this though so cannot really comment on it. They also cater for private parties and private functions.
Summary: Plenty of food to keep you coming back and wanting more