Six Cheeses ... and 64 Martinis?
Deciding could be difficult at Amici's Pizza & Living Room.
By Natalie Sugarman
ho ever said a restaurant/
lounge that serves food on
paper plates can't be classy?
Amici's Pizza & Living Room of-
fers award-winning pizza and daz-
zling, delectable martinis served
in a warm atmosphere (with the
works of local artists showcased on
Amici's originally was founded
in 1993 in a strip mall in Royal Oak
by George Stark and Sal Parko. As
their success and popularity grew,
they relocated to a bigger venue
on 12 Mile Road in Berkley. Later,
they converted the storefront
next door into the "Living Room,"
featuring a cozy atmosphere with a
fireplace and dozens of martinis.
In 2005, the enterprise was
passed to George's sister Jennifer
Stark and her business partner,
Maureen McNamara.The two have
continued to produce fantastic fare
for the masses and have brought a
green ideology to their business.
The star of Amici's is its award-
winning pizza — featuring a large
selection of classic and gourmet
toppings, six cheeses including a
vegan option, homemade herbed
tomato sauce and four types of
crust including a gluten-free op-
tion. With a variety of vegetarian
and vegan choices, herbivores and
carnivores can peacefully co-exist
You can create your own top-
ping configuration, or you can go
with one of Amici's creative pies.
Signature pizzas include a black-
ened chicken pizza, roasted red
pepper pizza, seafood and even a
smoked salmon pizza. Other items
on the menu include breadsticks,
salads, sandwiches and lasagna.
Whether you go to Amici's
for a meal or just for drinks, its
extensive martini menu offers up
to 64 unique elixirs that are sure
to please the palate.The exotic
martini concoctions include the
Asian Pear, Key Lime Pie, Milk Dud,
Organic Cucumber-tini and many
In addition to its scrumptious
pizza and intoxicating martinis,
Amici's also is a Certified Green
Restaurant accredited by the Green
Restaurant Association. All serve
ware is biodegradable and corn-
posed of 100-percent post-con-
sumer content.This includes the
plates, utensils and bowls made of
sugarcane. The candles that adorn
the tables are made from soy, and
all cleaning supplies used in the
restaurant are green. El!
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• On the Spot Impression: 'The ingredients
Amici's uses are fresh and unique. I love
roasted garlic on a pizza.The atmosphere
is warm and friendly — a great place to go
with friends. And they have a very colorful
selection of martinis,"says Scott Taylor of
• Drink Cost: $6-$9. Average pizza is $15-$19.
• Clientele:The crowd at Amici's is mixed
depending on what time you arrive.The age
range is 21-55; and earlier in the evening, it's
not uncommon for families and teenagers
to be dining on Amici's delicious pizzas and
• Music: A mix of everything from alternative
to soul played on the house sound system.
• Bar Appeal: Amici's is a very versatile place;
it's great for a date, a night out with friends,
dinner with the family, special occasions
and any other reason to have some mouth-
watering pizza and martinis.
• Accessibility: Parking is free on the street.
Parking also is available in the Council Thrift
Shop lot behind the building after 7 p.m. on
• Queue Factor: Amici's fills up pretty quickly
on the weekends; you'll want to get there
early to find a seat. During the summer,
enjoy an outdoor patio for an alfresco dining
• Location and Hours:3249 W. 12 Mile, Berk-
ley. Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and
Saturday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. (248) 544-4100.
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