Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria- San Jose, CA

After Game 2 of the NHL Finals; DK, Meep and I decided to grab a bite to eat around the area. While I have been a couple times and thought the food was decent, Meep has never been so he thought we should try it out.

It is right smack in downtown San Jose and actually the 2nd restaurant I have ever been to in San Jose back in 2009. Our realtor who was from the East Coast brought me here and thinks that the pizza offered is the closest thing to NY pizza in the Bay Area.

I love the high ceiling and how spacious the restaurant is. Very simple decor with black & white photographs framed on the walls.

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Menu has a range of appetisers, salads, pastas & pizzas.

There is also a one pager wine list and a few beer choices.

The gluten free menu does not apply to me but I am sure it is greatly appreciated by some.

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We ordered:

Gnocchi w Pesto $7.95

Potato Dumplings, lightly browned butter and tossed in Fresh Pesto & Parmesan

I don’t know where to start with the gnocchi. The pesto and parmesan was quite tasty. The gnocchi had a nice crispy shell, but some of them were borderline burnt. The centre – instead of being fluffy and pillowy, it was gummy. Kinda reminded me of my screw ups in making potato puree and blending it in my food processor. The starch gets so broken down that it becomes all gummy. Not very nice texturally..

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Large pizza 1/2 Siciliano & 1/2 Pollo $25.95

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Siciliano

Mozzarella, Provolone, Mild Italian Sausage, Broccoli, Slow Roasted Garlic & Hot Red Pepper Flakes

I was surprised that I actually quite enjoyed this. The broccoli still had a tad of a crunch and added a unique taste to the pizza. It doesn’t have sauce on it so it was very simple flavours with the sausage and mozzarella & provolone. The sausage was ok, a little too shriveled up because it was so thinly sliced. The roasted garlic was not roasted enough, so instead of being creamy and sweet – it was still garlicky, bitter and harsh. The red pepper flakes gave the pizza a nice kick.

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Pollo

Sliced Chicken Breasts, Baby Spinach & Slow Roasted Garlic

This was not very good at all. The chicken were so dry and stringy that Meep only had a bite and was done w it. There was too much spinach that after 2 slices, the roof of my mouth was waxy. Again, the roasted garlic was not roasted enough so it was still hard, garlicky, bitter instead of sweet and creamy.

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The pizza crust:

I was quite impressed with the pizza crust. Very thin but not hard. Nice crisped edges with bits of char on the bottom from the fire brick oven. There were no sauces on either halves of the pizza so it was not soggy. Eventhough it was thin and crisped at the edges, the top and middle was still nice and chewy.

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Extras:
1 Pint Blue Moon $4.95
2 Cokes @ $1.95 each

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For home delivery, we have tried:

Philly (M) $21.35

Roasted green peppers, Caramelized Onions & Choice if Mild/Hot Sausage. We opted for the mild.

Pretty good. The roasted green peppers and caramelized onions adds a nice sweetness to the pizza and a good change from the salty sausage and cheese. I did find the sausage to be ultra skimpy, miserable thin slices that got rubbery and chewy from the baking. The tomato base was fine and crust was pretty good. Thin, nice crisped edges with the right amount of chew.

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Amici’s Combo (L) $25.95

Pepperoni, Meatball, Bacon, Sauteed Mushroom, and Black Olives

This was pretty tasty as well. It does get a tad salty after a couple slices because of the bacon, pepperoni and meatball. The meatball was sliced so thinly and there was only 4-5 skimpy slivers that make up maybe ONE meatball. Sad!!! I like the mushrooms that were cooked thru and the olives made it interesting with another flavour other than salt. The crust was pretty good, thin and crisped with charred edges. The tomato base is the same as the Philly and not bad.

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Total Damage: $57 (for dine in; including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 2.5 out of 5 (Average)

I was not crazy about anything we had at Amici’s. The prices for the pizza’s seems reasonable but their appetisers and side orders are a tad on the pricey side for the size.

Service is good and food came out pretty shortly after we ordered. I just remained unimpressed with what I actually had the few trips that  I have been there.

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Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

225 W Santa Clara St
San Jose, CA 95113

(408) 289 9000

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