Lunch at Amici’s with a nice Italian girl

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“When you look at the menu and you see certain things that are part of Italian culture, you say, OK, this guy is authentic,” said Rita Moreno of Suntree. “It’s hard to find a good Italian restaurant, especially when you like a certain region. I like Neapolitan.”

One of her favorites in the area is The Dove III indowntown Melbourne.

“When I first went to the Dove (the original one beachside), I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is good!'”

She took her father when he visited, and he was so taken with the food he insisted on meeting the chef, John Mattiello. The two sat at the table talking in Italian until after midnight.

Another favorite is Mango Tree in Cocoa Beach, she said.

Our lunch was at Amici’s Italian Restaurant in Suntree, a fine little Italian cafe with good food and friendly service. It’s a cozy place decorated with huge, gorgeous photo canvases by Cocoa Beach photographer Ray Baldino.

For lunch, I had the Chicken Romano ($9.95), chicken sautéed in a lemon butter sauce with roasted red peppers, black olives, artichoks and basil served over pasta. She ordered David’s Signature Appetizer ($13), toasted Italian bread with fresh mozzarella, tomato and prosciutto, roasted red peppers topped with garlic, basil and olive oil.