Back in the middle of April, one of my friends recommended Cafe Amore Bistro as my next review. Is it bad that I had never heard of it before? Ever? What’s stranger is that it was previously located on 121 Ave and 90 St… north side and I didn’t know about it? It was apparently a small space, but with great food, great portions, and family-owned where the owners and chef are out and about, talking to customers and chatting away. Old school style, which sounded like my experience back in Italy. I couldn’t wait to try it.
Fast forward two months later, I finally tried it and now I need to share! It was a couple of weeks ago when I had a mad craving for pasta. Joe suggested we try it out, seeing that I always mention it, yet I never got to it.
The restaurant is tucked behind Grant MacEwan, just off 109 St into a quieter area. A relatively good-sized parking lot beside it made parking a breeze, something restaurants in downtown lack of. The inside was unexpectedly cozy. Decorated in your picturesque red and white checkered table cloths, photos of the family and guests all around, and the sound of laughter at every table. Talk about your family place. Large groups of friends and family everywhere! We had reservations at 8 and weren’t seated until 8:15, but had the option of being seated at the bar until our table opened up.
I don’t recall what’s exactly in the Amore Spritzer, but my God was it good. I remember limoncello, something I fondly remember watching our Italian host make in their restaurant, and orange juice. Holy moly, whatever concoction it was, delicious! One of the best drinks I’ve had. Top it off with an edible hibiscus flower (that looks strangely like a little squid), you’ve got a solid drink here.
Their menu is quite simple, with a special every day of the week at $10. Half orders are $7. If you’d like to order pasta that is on a different day, that’s okay too, it’ll be $14 for a full- and $10 for a half-order. Next you can choose whichever protein to add-on for additional cost, such as chicken, prawns, meatballs, and Italian sausage. With a good selection of appetizers and panini as well, it might take you awhile to decide!
I ended up getting half an order of fettucine pesto and added Italian sausage. What came out looked like a full order at any other restaurant. Amazing! I only finished half and ended up eating the rest as another meal. Such a good value for your money AND it was pretty tasty. The sauce was a tad thicker than what I prefer due to the cream but the dish as a whole was great! Thinking about it is making hungry…
Joe ended up going cuckoo and ordered the pasta pescatore, a $25 dish, supposedly able to feed 2. He finished it all: pasta tossed with king crab, jumbo prawns, mussels, baby shrimp, baby clams, in a (surprisingly) light tomato sauce, which was almost soup-like once you got to the bottom of it. Talk about yummy! Seafood lovers need to order this… it’s a must. There’s a reason why it’s their specialty.
Although we were both stuffed to the max, I couldn’t help but wonder how their tiramisu was. If the pasta was that good, imagine what dessert would be like. I ended up ordering the tiramisu to go (much to Joe’s dismay of how I could eat more after such a meal). I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture of it. It was that good. And it was such a huge piece that whoever told me that we all have a separate compartment in our stomach just for desserts is probably speaking the truth.
What I loved most about the place is how friendly everybody was. You could tell that the staff worked together for a while, or perhaps they were family. They interacted with long time customers, laughed with other, the whole picture of a great atmosphere. Definitely what “family” means. I absolutely loved this place and can’t wait until I return again! One of the best pasta places in Edmonton, that’s for sure.Cafe Amore Bistro
10807 – 106 Ave