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Amore Ristorante Italiano

5510 U.S. 280 East (Greystone Center)
Dinner only, reservations required. The Birmingham News' Fletcher Harvey called his dining experience "unexpectedly memorable." Small, intimate, cozy atmosphere, candlelight and whine tablecloth. Harvey gave high marks to homemade Italian meatballs, mussels, veal scallopine alla limone, shrimp in a creamy gorgonzola sauce, tiramisu and cannoli.

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 04:48PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments11 Comments

Reader Comments (11)

This place is AWESOME. There are a lot of high priced well known places in town. The food does not compare to here. It is quite a trip out 280 to get there, but parking is easy. Inside, it is a cozy little italian place with a great menu and tasty food at prices that are well worth it.

I believe the owners used to run La Dolce Vita out in Hoover. La Dolce Vita, by the way, is also an AWESOME place, even under the current ownership.

September 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

I agree. Amore's is a wonderful secret, with a marinara sauce that is killer. Try the lasagna if you go.

One note: the door says they are open for dinner from 5:00 to 10:00. Well, not quite. We showed up at 5 after 9:00 for a late dinner after some shopping, and we were shown the door. Apparently the kitchen closes early, and when we pointed out their door says 10:00 pm, the hostess became surly and reiterated that they would not serve us. Very odd customer service from a place with great food. We're going to stick to early dinners and takeout if we go.

October 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

I recommended this place to a good friend. They were a little late because of 280 traffic. They called the hostess to let her know. She scolded them for running late and then called them repeatedly over the course of 15 minutes to determine how close they were to arriving. Upon arrival, the hostess again chided them for being late.

They enjoyed the food, but based on the customer service, I doubt they will be back..AND I doubt I will continue to recommend this place to friends.

November 30, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

My wife and I had dinner here Saturday night, and it was wonderful. Started with the calamari, which was sauteed and served in a nice marina, very well prepared and delicious. Also tried an appetizer from the nightly specials; a "fried caprese". This was basically sliced tomatoes and discs of bufala mozzarella crusted in polenta and fried. The dish was garnished with basil and served with marinara on the side. This was tasty and interesting, if not necessarily authentically Italian.

For entrees, my wife had the mussels from the regular menu, and I had a veal special. The mussels were steamed in a white wine and tomato broth with plenty of herbs and spice, and served over linguine. It had a nice kick, much like an arrabiata. I'm a mussels connoiseur and these were top notch. They gave me a bit of entree envy.

The veal special was 2 bone-on veal chops roasted, topped with a blend of cheese, and served with a deep, rich mushroom demi glace. Sides were haricot verts and parmesan mashed potatoes. The veal was fantastic. The meat was tender and the demi was addictive. The potatoes were very nice too. The beans were a bit too soft, but otherwise tasty.

The wine selection is healthy for such a small restaurant. But they could use a few more by-the-glass selections. The service was very friendly, and responsibly attentive. All in all, an excellent meal.

(They seem to have a devoted clientele... I would estimate that at least half of the diners received a hug and kiss from the hostess, and familiar greetings from the rest of the staff)

January 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPE

My boyfriend and I had our first experience with Amore on Valentine's evening, and it wasn't anything but perfection. Dimly lit and cozy, never to know you were in a strip mall on Highway 280.

We arrived right on time (7pm) and was greeted by two friendly staff members. They escorted us to our table, while the first server poured our glasses of ice water and brought out two freshly prepared pieces of bruchetta. We then ordered our wine (Chianti $30+/-) and fresh, warm bread was served... my oh my, was it good!

We ordered calamari, which was not your typical fried calamari... this appeared to be a sauteed calamari served in a bowl of their delicious marinara sauce. The marinara sauce alone was worth the trip!

For entrees, my boyfriend ordered the lamb chops special which included three perfectly seasoned and prepared lamb chops in some sort of burgundy sauce, roasted potatoes, and green beans. I ordered the snapper special, which was a pan-seared snapper filet with shrimp on the side, served with a lemon butter sauce; on side was bowtie pasta and green beans. Both entrees were served with salads before hand.

We purposely tried to save room for dessert, but from all the wonderful food, it didn't happen! Definitely next time though!

The meal was divine and my boyfriend and I can't wait to go back! We'll probably definitely have to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance though... their dining room is very small... looks to serve maybe 40-50.

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterB&B

After reading a great review in the B'Ham News 3 years ago my wife and I had our 16th Anniversay Dinner at Amores. We were blown away at the ambience (even though it was extremely small), the service, and the food... it was great. I made our 17th Anniversary dinner reservations to eat there again. When we arrived, we were seated right in the main entrance walkway.. not quite what my wife wanted for a quiet, romantic dinner... I asked for another table and the Hostess (quite arrogantly) said that was the only table available... didn't seem to be of any concern really to her. We said Thanks but no Thanks and left. Remembering our first experience and not "hanging onto" the last experience, I called to make our 18th Anniversay Dinner 3 weeks in advance to get a "corner" table. The lady that received my call said she didn't have the reservation book with her and would call me back the next day. She called back 2 days later and I gave her the date and preferred time also requesting a corner table... she quickly informed me that all the corner tables were reserved.. I asked about a table away from traffic and she said the only table was in the doorway. It was almsot as if she didn't want us to come to Amores! I said that wouldn't work and have made reservations at another fine Italian restaurant. I also have determined that I would not spend my hard earned money at anyy place that had such an arrogant and poor attitude about something that is very important to most customers, reasonable accomadations. What I think that makes it even worse is she didn't seem to care at all!?!? I have been dealing with customers all my life and can't understand how folks can stay in business even with great food or great products, with such attitudes. Sooo, I will vote with my money spent somewhere else from now on. I will also make sure I tell others about such arrogance and attitude I received. I even decided to make sure others were aware of the possibilty of such arrogance before spending their hard earned money here as well, so that is my reason for these comments on this Website. I do hope they find a solution to this because I really hate to see so many others affected by the Hostess and her arrogance and attitude.
I do want to thank you for your website... we have been in B'Ham about 4 years now and I use your comments, reviews, etc. regularly... thanks again.

August 21, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim

Follow up to my comments posted August 21, 2008. I received a phone call from one of the owners of Amore' a couple of days ago. She apparently was the person I spoke to about resevations who couldn't accomadate me with a corner/out of the traffic table. She seemed very sincere and said had she been aware it was our anniversary she would have found us a different table... she also said she wanted us to come to their restaurant again, and I told her we would come back. It does speak well of the owners and restaurant to make the effort to "satisfy" an unsatisfied customer... I am appreciative of her phone call and look forward to having a good experience again like our first visit.

August 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJim

What can I say! Lorenzo (the owner and chef), you out-did yourself. The food, the service, and the environment were absolutely worth the drive over. The hostess was excellent also!! My wife and I have lived in the birmingham area for a year and in our search for a great restaurant have been repeatedly disappointed...until last night. A great place to celebrate an anniversary or eat an evening meal, Amores is the best place around. We have spent twice as much as we did last night at other local restaurants eating average processed food disguised as authenic fine dining; so to have eaten the amount and quality of food for the price we paid at Amores made us that much more excited about the whole experience. Everything was fresh and flavorable. Thank you for a great night out!!!

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhayes

I can't imagine anyone having a bad experience at Amore'. My husband and I happened upon it quite by accident, and now it is our favorite place for any "special" occasion. We have celebrated everything from birthdays, graduations, and our anniversaries. Vernia always remembers our name and greets us with a hug. If, on the rare occasion, we have to wait for our table, there is always a complimentary glass of wine to sip while we wait. It's intimacy adds to it's charm, which is why we never go without a reservation. We would return regardless, the service and food is the BEST. My husband's favorite is the veal parmesian, while I love the pasta de amore. They treat us like family, and it is a wonderful dining experience.

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

At Amore it is not just about the Love of the food but also the passion that goes into every meal.

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