Cellini’s @ Amiro’s, Washington (Now Closed)

Having heard on the grapevine that Cellini’s had acquired another restaurant in Washington we were interested to give it a try. We had visited Cellini’s and were very impressed with the standard of food and service we’d had. Jnr and I dropped by for an impromptu meal after I discovered an empty fridge one Monday evening. Any excuse!
The exterior was unexpected for an Italian restaurant –  think local pub from outside. Inside was more in keeping with what we imagined, and I enjoyed listening to Eros Ramazzotti and Jovanotti which were played. We arrived at 5:30 and Amiro’s was bustling. I was surprised the 3 for £13 offer was not running at here as it does at Cellini’s, but that hasn’t deterred people from choosing this restaurant instead of its sister.
We opted for the pasta that was included in their Happy Hour offer, and chose a starter each which we shared. Not so unusually for us we were both very hungry, and were eagerly anticipating lots of carbs. The potato skins came with garlic mayo and a tomato & chilli dip, and didn’t last long. Even the cheese topped garlic bread was light work for us 🙂
Our mains – Shin Beef Lasagne and Pollo Pasta (£5.95 each) – arrived quickly afterwards, although I didn’t get the Parmesan I’d requested to sprinkle over the top of my pasta. The restaurant was very busy by this point and it was overlooked by the waiter.

That aside, the food was enjoyable. It is typical Italian fare, where Cellini’s offers more options if you fancy something a little different from traditional pizza and pastas. We didn’t check the dessert menu as we’d carb loaded by this point and couldn’t manage anything more.
Instead of having two identical restaurants the family are clearly trying to keep the identities separate by not changing the menu at Amiro’s to match Cellini’s at present. Our visit was enjoyable, but Cellini’s is definitely our favourite of the two. We must return there as every month they change the 3 for £13 offering, and their cheesecakes are to die for!
Thanks for reading,
Pip x
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