Cafe Amore (Belltown)

Friendly staff, ok atmosphere, out of the way location, but avoid it, avoid it, avoid it

Amore is trying hard, it really is. They are new and they want to succeed in a location that several other places have failed in (the former location of Spice). However, they are cutting corners on the most important thing, the food. This would be ok, if they were charging you appropriate prices. However, a meager Antipasto with all (obviously) canned ingredients should not cost $9. The Entrees range from $16 to over $30, and they are plated like they are sculptures of culinary artwork. However, it comes back to the ingredients which are obviously cheap. The wine selection is weak, but priced like it is very exclusive.

I want to like this place, really. The staff were great and they are trying. However, I feel like the owners are just trying to pull the wool over the eyes of people who don't know any better. It's a place with all flash and no substance. It is the most cynical of all restaurants, the kind that thinks if they give you expensive looking food, you won't know any better; even if the chicken is frozen, not fresh, the ingredients come out of cans and the wine is from a box.

Posted: Sat - November 18, 2006 at 09:35 AM           |