Slightly different review this one, as I visited Amodo Mio twice in quick succession I'm going to concentrate on the best and worst bits from both visits. The first time I visited was because I'd never been and the second time was because the first visit was so good.
Amodo Mio means My Way in Italian and it is the sister restaurant of the excellent family run Bar Aldo's over the water in Alloa. I was hoping for great things and I wasn't disappointed.
The welcome was genuine and sincere and the staff so friendly and professional, even a little detail like taking the coats suggested a level of customer service that was all or nothing at all. On both occasions we were offered menus and quickly organised drinks. The menu is broad and supplemented beautifully by the specials board. When picking the staff, it wasn't just a case of send in the clowns, they were able to knowledgeably answer questions about the dishes, without having to run off to the kitchen. Although not knowing what wines were available by the glass show's that despite their greatness, they are human after all.
I hadn't realised it until I was began writing this review that on both occasions I had ordered the Tomini to start, which just shows how appealing it sounds on the menu. Something worth pointing out though, is that all though the menu says Tomini wrapped with bacon, on a bed of Rocket and on both occasions it wasn't served up like that. Instead there is a crispy bread slice with Tomini ( a creamy cows-milk cheese that is hard to distinguish from Goat's cheese) on top and served with lardons of bacon and lots of chopped tomato. Not night and day away from the menu, but different none-the-less. Before anyone thinks that for once in my life I should stop being so picky you are quite right, as however it is served, it is beautiful. The creaminess of the cheese works so well with the fresh tomato and the bacon, that having a bit of everything in every forkful, I think this is probably a better way to serve it up.
The very thought of you guys being disappointed with me picking the same main course was obviously in my mind as I picked two dishes as far apart as I could get.
My first main course was the Tagliatta di Manzo. A dish that is so simple every ingredient has to be perfect or it will be instantly noticeable. Rare cooked strips of fillet steak that were so love me tender they melted in the mouth, almost without chewing. Shavings of Parmesan, a handful of rocket leaves and a delicate balsamic glaze. That's it, the continental way to serve a steak, no onion rings or chunky chips here. It was just perfect.
My main course on my second visit was the Risotto Asparagi. A perfectly cooked risotto with generous pieces of asparagus and pieces of bacon. The addition of the Parmesan and a touch of cream served to make the rice taste really rich, if I managed to have a mouthful without the bacon or asparagus, and there weren't too many of them. I was worried that the portion looked a little small, but I underestimated the witchcraft that is the filling effect of all that rice. Despite being slightly envious of my colleague's (who I shall call C3PO) Calzone I think we both ended up equally satisfied.
Service remained excellent through both main courses, water, extra drinks, some witty banter made for a relaxed but efficient experience. Despite my best intentions on both occasions I ended up being persuaded into buying something for after dinner.
The Affogato Al Caffe was the classic combination of vanilla ice cream in a glass with a shot of espresso to pour over, from the smell alone I thought I get a kick out of you and boy was I right. The coffee melts the ice cream, which instantly chills the coffee, then suddenly love you have a Frappuccino, which actually is a registered trademark for Starbucks, so you don't really get a Frappuccino (just in case their lawyers read this), but you get the idea.
On my most recent visit I ordered a hot chocolate, as did C3PO. I asked for no cream as I am odd like that . Both arrived steaming hot, but his came with a flake in the top, mine didn't. I thought I'll never smile again, I asked for no cream, not no flake! Yes I know there is nowhere to put it, but that's besides the point, I wanted my flake dammit!
Price wise its all very reasonable, twenty five pounds will easily get you a starter, main course a couple of drinks and leave a decent tip. If you are feeling a bit extravagant then the £18.95 for the Tagliatta di Manzo is the way forward, but under £20 for a decent fillet steak is still good value, even without chips... All in all on both visits the experience was very positive and I would recommend Amodo Mio to anyone looking for a quality Italian meal in the Falkirk area.
So there we go, I never knew I could write a review about a restaurant that translates as “My Way”, without a song title sneaking in, but I seem to have done just that...
OK that's a complete lie there are fifteen Frank Sinatra hit song titles in that last review, off you go...