Much like other foodies such as Mijune, Victoria, Joyce and Elaine, I have been suffering through a bought of the stomach flu. It's nasty business I tell you... Whatever you eat, it is bound to come out one way or another. Furthermore, the desire to eat is greatly diminished. Imagine the horror! It's akin to a Tiger Woods or David Duchovny not being allowed to have sex! Wait... bad analogy... Anyways, you get the idea. So upon my recovery, which took way longer than expected, you can only imagine my desire to eat. In fact, I think I'm trying to make it all up by eating more! Thus, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to pay Amorosa a visit. No no no, not the psychotic b**ch from The Apprentice. Heck, I wouldn't want to visit with her even if she were holding onto 2 Banh Mis in each hand with a plate of lobster sitting in front. Well... possibly... WTH? No, of course not! The place I'm talking about is Amorosa Pasta House out on Edmonds and 6th. Yah, that corner. The last time I tried eating here, it was packed... on a Monday night! This place is indeed popular. Hey, big portions and reasonable prices, sounds like a good combination.
It was also convenient for us since my son has his skating lessons at Moody Park, which is nearby. Knowing how Rich Guy only eats out and never cooks, I invited him to tag along. I learned my lesson from last time and made a reservation. As there are no real tables big enough to accommodate 5+ people, it was a tight squeeze for us (even though they added a small table to the end of a large one). Since Rich Guy doesn't eat vegetables because he claims, "real men don't eat greens", I pestered him into sharing a Spinach Salad with us. Hey, the salad was pretty good, even he concurred. With fresh green leaves and large slices of button mushrooms, the salad was lightly dressed with a herb raspberry vinaigrette. Although we had complimentary bread, we went ahead and got the Garlic Cheese Toast. It was partially a backup plan in case my son didn't eat the pasta... Turns out it was a good choice, not only did he eat it, we enjoyed it too! The toast was really soft and there was a good amount of melted mozzarella on top. Although, Viv thought it would've been even better with more garlic.
Our server was quite astute and made sure that the kid's pasta came out first. They ended up sharing the Penne Alfredo. Creamy while not being too creamy (I know that is a lame description...), the sauce was not over seasoned. The penne was on the softer side of al dente. Viv went for the special of the day which was Rotini with sausage, sun-dried tomato and zucchini in a rose sauce. This was the large portion size and it was quite a bit of pasta. Moreover, as you can see, there are ingredients throughout, so they didn't skimp there. Although I thought the pasta was pretty solid, there was a bit too much sauce for my liking. Of course it provides flavour and moisture; but it softens the pasta a bit too much in my opinion.
Rich Guy decided to be a bit healthier and settled on the Penne Genovese which consists of chicken, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes in a rose sauce. I'm not so sure on the "healthier" part; but I guess there are worse dishes he could've ordered. Another large plate of pasta with a bit too much sauce. Don't get me wrong here. It tasted pretty good with a nice balance of tomato and cream sauces without being salty or too sweet. He proudly declared he was only going to eat half and almost ended up finishing the whole thing. For myself, I went with the Linguine alla Vongole, which is a favourite of mine. Unlike the one I had at Jimoco, this pasta was thoroughly "clammy". I thought the sauce was decent with hints of oregano and some tomato zing. Once again, there was a lot of sauce here. The pasta had a "fresh" quality to it and although that is a good attribute; it is not my personal preference. Despite this, I did finish the whole plate of pasta. Probably not the best idea; but I did anyways. If you're expecting "trendy" pasta like you'd find at some downtown eateries, you won't find it here at Amorosa. But for the prices they charge coupled with large portion sizes, it will remain as a popular destination.
- Large portions
- Personable service
- A bit too much sauce
- Tight seating arrangements