People love to customize their meals right? Well, that’s what the Amore crew is banking on with their latest endeavour, Amore Pasta. You must know who these guys are by now because they run one of my favourite spots in town, Cafe Amore, along with Black Pearl Seafood. A fourth restaurant (in collaboration with the D’Amores crew; D’amores Deli and D’amores Mercato) is also supposed to open soon!
Hours are pretty decent
but I’m surprised that they’re closed Monday and Tuesday. Update: new hours are Monday to Sunday (11:30am – 8:00pm).
We came early on a Saturday for lunch. We were there for awhile but only two other groups of families came in. I assume they’re busier on weekdays with the work crowd.
You basically have two options to choose from. You can choose a signature pasta creation ($13.95 to $18.90) or you can create your own pasta bowl (CYOP if that’s a thing). We decided to go with the latter.
Create your own pasta in four easy steps.
The 8 types of pasta that you can choose from. Not good for the indecisive.
8 Amore sauces and 5 premium sauces ($0.95 extra).
The more you add, the more expensive your pasta gets. $8.95 for the base, veggies ($3.50 for 180 grams), cheese ($1.00-2.00) and then meats ($2.00-3.00). You can also get your pasta baked ($2.50).
The full selection of vegetables, meats and cheese.
There was also a soup of the day, salad and dessert (homemade tiramisu).
Go big or go home right? Well, we were at least smart and shared a bowl. We opted for the fettuccine with Papa Joe’s tomato sauce (gotta go classic first time around), a full bowl of vegetables, mozzarella and sausage. We also got our pasta baked; $2.50 seems pretty steep – it would be nice if they just offered it as an option.
The pasta was cooked to a perfect al dente. Cheese was oozy, melty goodness. We added a couple hot peppers which gave the dish a nice simmer of heat. Sauce was simple but bursting with flavour. Basically, the same level of excellence that you get at Cafe Amore. Just in a compact, quick takeout style concept.
I know for a fact that Amore Pasta will do well because Edmontonians love this style of restaurants. The fact that the Amore team is running it is icing on the cake. Flavours are delicious and on par with their main restaurant. Just know it’s pricier and that you’ll be paying a premium here.
14016 – 23 Avenue