Willy locals are spoilt for choice on this little strip, just a stones throw from the water… Ferguson St Provisions just a couple of doors down, and then right next to that the trendy Pickle Barrel (same owners as Newport’s The Pint of Milk). But if you need space… for prams, strollers, larger groups, multiple kids, then Amorosa is definitely your best bet.
It’s really quite cool inside, very spacious, polished concrete floors, lots of red, white and green, large communal tables running down the middle, smaller tables with replica Tolix stools in front of the bi-fold windows, and huge murals of Italiano cartoons, funny quotes, sayings and poems on the walls… “When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s Amorosa”. Cute.
The kidlets here are well looked after. To entertain them before their meal, they are given little tubs of crayons and Amorosa colouring in sheets with butterflies and pussy-cats, some masterpieces from previous tiny diners are proudly displayed on the wall too. For breakfast they are happy to do smaller serves of eggs and pancakes for the wee ones, and there is a special kids menu for lunch and dinner, which like the adults starts off with antipasto (arancini, calamari), followed by secondi (chicken parmigiana and chips), then pasta (lasagne, bolognese), pizza and then dolce (gelato, mini chocolate mousse) plus kid size juices and milkshakes. Highchairs are aplenty, there is heaps of room for prams and the babycinos, which were more like mini hot chocolates, were a hit with our little ones.
After our delicious brunch, and hearing a friend rave about the potato pizza, we simply had to head back for pizza for tea. We opted for a couple of pizzas from the traditional menu which were good. I do love my fancy-pants gourmet pizza toppings, but sometimes you just feel like keeping it real with good old simple pizza toppings. And they offer both… from classic Capriccosa to the fancier Italian regional pizzas including the Emilia-Romagna with prosciutto, goats cheese, fresh tomato, olives, thyme and extra virgin olive oil – there is something for every pizza lover to enjoy. Then there’s the antipasto, insalata, pasta, risotti and secondi… everything you need for an Italian banquet with the familia.
A spacious west-side spot for coffee by day, weekend brunch with friends, Friday night pizza for din-din’s and even a venue for parties, family gatherings and often christenings.