Amante Pizza and Pasta in Lynnwood had been open just a few months, but has taken a running start into the world of “dine-in, delivery and take-out.”
Offering specialty and build-your-own pizzas, gourmet pasta dishes, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, calzones and “hot oven grinders,” Amante aims to meet a wide range of taste buds.
Even this picky salad-eater found something delicious.
Looking for a light, summertime meal, I ordered the Greek salad ($5.25 for a half-order, $8.95 for a full order). Served with fresh romaine lettuce, roma tomatoes, green pepper, red onion, Greek olives, a good helping of fresh feta cheese, pepperonccini peppers and Italian dressing, the salad was full of flavor and very refreshing.
The half-order size also was perfect since I planned on scooping some of my dining partner’s dinner onto my own plate.
His meal started out with a “homemade” chicken noodle soup, which our waitress told us was made by one of their cooks who learned the recipe in Bulgaria. Served with a small package of oyster crackers, the soup “was quite good, but it seemed a little out of place at a pizza and pasta restaurant,” he said.
The main dish, the Tortellini Special ($8.95), is normally made with cheese-filled tortellini rounds, bacon and peas in a garlic cream sauce. Fresh out of bacon, the cook offered to make the dish with prosciutto – a thin-sliced ham – instead.
“It was a little salty, but I attribute that mainly to using the prosciutto instead of bacon,” my friend said.
For someone who loves prosciutto, I thought it added a great flavor to the dish, and balanced out the richness of the cheese.
Having taken over the former Tommy Tomato sports bar and grill, Amante hasn’t changed much of the decor. Still, it offers a fun atmosphere for families and college kids alike. The meals are also priced fairly affordable: appetizers range from $2.99 to 9.99, and small specialty pizzas start at around $10.49. Sandwiches go for about $7, and calzones and hot oven grinders are about $8. They also offer desserts including mud pie and baklava for $3.50.
The final consensus: We’ll be back soon.