A new Italian restaurant has officially opened inside the former Neighbors space at 2315 W. 21st St. N at Clear Lakes Shopping Center. Amore Italian Restaurant celebrated their grand opening on Tuesday.
2315 W 21st St. N, Wichita, KS 67203
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 9pm
Closed on Monday
Amore Italian Restaurant makes everything from scratch, and one employee told me there isn’t a single microwave in the restaurant. I swung by Tuesday over lunch and there was a very steady flow of customers. I could overhear many people talking about how they used to frequent Neighbors, so it appeared to be many former regulars excited about a new restaurant finally coming in.
Amore Italian Restaurant featured many classic Italian favorites.
There was a special lunch section of popular dishes that ran between $10-12. The lunch prices were good for Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I went with the lasagna and manicotti. At the suggestion of my server, I also went with the capriccio salad, which was fantastic. This was simple yet delicious.
Not long after, my main entrées arrived. Both were decent portion sizes for lunch; certainly enough where one dish would be good to get you through the day.
Like the salad, these were simple yet well-executed dishes. Listen, I’m no expert on Italian food. I’ve never been to Italy. Not a single friend of mine growing up was Italian. And my parents raised me on Olive Garden and Chef Boyardee. So, don’t ask me if it’s authentic because I couldn’t tell you. And I bet many people who claim to know real Italian food are the same way, but just say they do.
Italian food is such a polarizing topic in Wichita for whatever reason.
Let’s just set the record straight from one random blogger’s opinion. I liked the food at Amore Italian Restaurant. The sauce wasn’t too sweet. There was plenty of cheese to go around. My lasagna was stuffed with lots of meat. It felt like home-cooking without ever really experiencing genuine Italian home cooking. I would definitely go again.
I couldn’t leave, though, without ordering tiramisu, which I was told was made in house. Let’s put it this way. I ordered one, ate it, then ordered a second on the spot to take home. That thing was tasty and probably in my top five tiramisus around town.
And for a first day with plenty of customers and food made from scratch, Amore Italian Restaurant did a phenomenal job when it came to the service.
People have asked me to compare this to DeFazio’s since that was the closest nearby Italian restaurant near that part of town. It wouldn’t be fair of me to because 1.) If I said it was better, the expectations are unfairly set at a high level for DeFazio fans or 2.) If I said it wasn’t, then people may not go. Go decide for yourself, but for what it’s worth, this little old blogger enjoyed it.
Here was the menu at Amore Italian Restaurant:
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