Amis is quickly becoming one of my favorite locales for relaxing with a drink or bite to eat. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting, with an open kitchen and snug tables that encourage socializing. One never knows who they might come across at Amis on any given night; from up and coming local chefs to some of Philadelphia’s most revered, one thing is certain: everyone flocks for Vetri.
After several visits, I’ve managed to narrow down some of my favorite items from the menu. Without question, the first thing that comes to mind is the bufala ricotta with olive oil and black pepper. Crusty, seasoned toast points provide a tasty platform. The bruschetta is delicious in its simplicity.
Other small plate standouts for me are the coppa salami and the grilled mozzarella. The coppa is sliced paper-thin and drizzled with just the right amount of hazelnut honey. The mozzarella takes on a meatier persona from the smoked flavor and grilling technique. The pickled vegetables served alongside are an excellent match.
Also included on the smaller plates side of the menu is the tripe stew, which a friend enjoyed on a recent trip. The stew arrived and with it, a wonderful aroma and rustic appearance. I dipped my bread into the sauce and tasted comfort food. However, my lack of adventure with regards to trying the tripe itself distressed my friend, a chef, to no end. An aversion to offal is certainly my biggest foodie flaw.
For me, the best part of a Vetri restaurant is always the pasta, and the glorious selections at Amis do not disappoint. From the basic tonnarelli with pecorino and black pepper to the rich gnocchi with oxtail ragu, every bite is sublime. My favorite selection so far has been the strozzaprette with baby clams. The buttery sauce with flecks of red pepper sets this dish over the edge.
The desserts at Amis are another noteworthy experience. I’ve ticked the tiramisu (a special) and the waffle with Nutella, hazelnuts and vanilla semifreddo off my list, but I have designs on the tartufo. The hazelnut semifreddo, covered in a chocolate shell, will be mine. My chef friend also raved about the caffe affogato.
If you see the woman pulling a “Cookie Monster” on her dessert, don’t forget to say hello!
412 S. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147