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TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE,
Night of Fine Dining at
By C. Donovan Smith Translated
by Katy Huang
always, it was a friend's recommendation that led me
to L'Amico's door. Despite the fact it had been open
for 12 years, I had never gone there, so I knew it was
time to check it out.
Entering past the attractive tree-shaded
exterior, one is presented with a candle-lit restaurant
with a dark wood and stone interior. Uniformed staff
stand ready to guide you to your interesting-looking,
The menu is long and presents almost too many
appetizing possibilities. After considerable thought, I settled
on the zuppa di funghi misto (Italian mushroom cream soup
- NT$220) and the con pollo spinacio e funghi (chicken, spinach
and mushroom in cream sauce - NT$360). I dug into my food,
which was served with a flourish not often seen these days.
The soup was a pleasant surprise, nicely seasoned and well-balanced.
Next, a metal cover was pulled away to display my pasta dish,
which was also enjoyable.
Knowing I had quite a night ahead of me, I
complimented my meal with a beer--an unfortunate choice, as
I was later informed that L'Amico has 60 varieties of wine
to choose from.
with general manager and Hong Kong expatriate Andy Liung,
I learned that L'Amico has a loyal customer base of both
foreigners and locals. Some of the most popular dishes
include aragosta e funghi (lobster and mushroom pasta
in cream sauce - NT$450) and the alle vongole veraci (clam,
garlic, chili and white wine pasta - NT$360). Pasta dishes
range from NT$340 to NT$450 and come with a wide choice
of pasta noodles. Meat dishes (NT$600-780), seafood dishes
(NT$629-720) and various appetizers, soups and salads
round out the menu. Interestingly, no pizzas are on the
If you plan on dropping by, lane 55 is just
east of DunHua (TunHwa) North Road, across from the BNP Paribas