Dining out while counting calories has proven to be a challenge the last few weeks. The foods you assume are low-calorie and low-fat end up being the exact opposite, and it can be a startling revelation.
So when a friend of mine wanted to go to Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria in Cupertino for dinner, I was a bit apprehensive. Pizza is not a low-calorie food (at least not the good kind).
I was pleasantly surprised to find Amici’s has dishes that aren’t completely going to tip the scale, and taste delicious at the same time.
Dish of Choice
We decided to share two items: The flame roasted lemon chicken wings, marinated in the kitchen’s special blend of spices and roasted in a brick oven; and a small margherita pizza, made with mozzarella, tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil.
We ordered the 10-piece spicy wing platter, and for the pizza we chose the tomato sauce, which is optional. Altogether, the cost for the wings and pizza was about $27.
Side note: In total, five of the wings were 240 calories, while two small slices of margherita pizza were 242 calories, according to my MyFitnessPal app.
The meat on the wings was tender, and the seasoning was peppery with just enough spice to wake you up and clear the sinuses a little bit.
I also loved that the chef sprinkled the wings with a generous amount of cilantro to give it that extra fresh flavor (I love cilantro!) Just be prepared to get peppery seasoned goodness all over your hands. Wings are supposed to be a little messy.
Amici’s is known for making its pizza in a 700-degree brick oven, which produces a crispy, toasty thin crust. If you’re a big thin-crust pizza fan, you should give Amici’s a try.
I liked how the crust had a slight charring on the edges and bottom. There wasn’t a lot of tomato sauce used on the pizza, but I didn’t mind because what it lacked in quantity, it made up for in hearty flavor. Plus, with a thin crust, you don’t want a large quantity of sauce to bog it down and make it soggy.
Amici’s is a California chain with about a dozen locations, mostly in the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area. The restaurant offers online ordering and catering, and also has a gluten-free menu.
The Cupertino restaurant is located at 10310 S. De Anza Blvd, and hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the restaurant at (408) 252-3333 or visit amicis.com.