Step Inside Amaretto Italian Bistro
Hidden in plain sight on Transit Road is The Amaretto Italian Bistro. I say hidden because it is oddly positioned in a double building, disguised as something else. My point is that the street view is unimpressive. Four feet in the door – the crowd, the smells, the happy people, the simple charm – wait a minute!
It is Restaurant Week and the place was packed, particularly for a Tuesday. Reservations were running late so we gladly waited at the bar. A small space seating maybe 10. My three favorite vodkas were front and center- good sign. I chickened out and went for a beer. Nothing on tap, but they have an impressive array of bottles. I started with a Southern Tier IPA, my companion jumped on the $20.13 wine special- a Fontella Chianti DOCG 2010 – a nice selection for sipping before dinner, and pairing with the menu.
Dinner for One for $20.13 Includes:
(Tax and Gratuity Excluded)
1. House or Caesar Salad
2. Choice of One Entree:
- Maple Salmon, Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Crème Fraiche
- Sirloin, Truffled Polenta, Foie Gras Butter, Red Wine Glace
- Chicken Breast, Butternut Squash Veloute, Roasted Potato
- Gnocchi, Bean Ragout, Greens, Sausage
3. Fall Dessert Trio
The meal started with a fine basket of bread served with their house-made pesto sauce. You can buy a bottle to go for $6.95- we took three.
This was followed by an amuse-bouche of blue Maytag cheese with truffle mist, on a waffle chip. Nice touch. Who doesn’t like a free gift from the chef?
We tried both salads, House and Caesar (with anchovy). Both were good. The house had a nice combination of roasted red peppers, fennel and red onion with a vinaigrette dressing.
For entrees we ordered :
Gnocchi with bean ragout, greens, and sausage. The gnocchi were browned which added to a nice texture and flavor. This is a nice dish without the heavy garlic one might expect. My companion thought the gnocchi were a little doughy.
Sirloin with truffled polenta, foie gras butter, red wine glace – Everything here was outstanding. The steak was flavorful and cooked to perfection, the truffled polenta was in cake form, with a subtle truffle flavoring. The glaze and foie gras butter were a perfect match to the steak. Not mentioeed on the menu was grilled zucchini with an excellent smoky grill taste.
Dessert – The fall trio pumpkin panna cotta, apple sorbet, molasses cookie with whipped cream and a raspberry. I could have done without the doily on my plate, but all the eatable stuff was great. If all that isn’t enough they also brought out a complimentary chocolate truffle. (Thank you!)
Final thoughts: Don’t judge a restaurant by its’ cover (duh). Nothing fancy here but good food and simple charm.
7170 Transit Rd (Near Main St)
Williamsville, NY 14221
Monday -Saturday: 5pm-10pm
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