Location: 512 Market st, Lewisburg, PA, 17837
Hours of Operation: 8am-5pm Monday-Saturday
Bucknell’s small but hungry population is always looking for new places to get high quality food. We pretty much have the pub scene down pact, but our restaurant selection always seemed to lack fresh and heart warming foods.
Chef and owner Davide Della Pietra now presents to you Amami Kitchen and Espresso Bar.
Pronounced “ahh-ma-mee,” which translates to “love me” in Italian, Davide Della Pietra named the establishment Amami to represent his love for Italian coffee and elegant comfort foods. He has the goal of bringing authentic Italian coffee, fresh roasts, and high quality seasonal ingredients to the finger tips of local Pennsylvanians. Davide is originally from Milan, Italy but worked in several fine dining restaurants in California. It goes without saying that his experiences shine through hi unique dishes and the overall contemporary decor.
Located next to Siam on Market Street, this tiny structure doesn’t look like much from the outside. Once inside, however, the rustic yet chic interior already gets you excited about what hip foods could possibly be on the menu. The excited staff approaches customers about their experiences and makes sure all their needs are met. The reason why “Kitchen” is used in the title instead of “cafe” is due to the desire to have limitless options of what food is served daily. The professional background of Davide Della Peitra constitutes his ability to create an array of meals that are atypical from the first bite to the last. Davide’s main incentive is for people to come to Amami to have a delicious meal that keeps the integrity of his culinary vision.
For starters, the coffee is out of bounds. Amami has over 20 types of specialty drinks and can be customized to your liking. The speciality and pride and joy of Amami is the espresso imported directly from Bologna, Italy. Espresso is an extremely decadent and powerfully flavored coffee that’s incredible only if brewed correctly and from the finest ingredients.
Coffee lovers are also extremely fond of the local slow drip coffees that come from both Alabaster and Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Other popular drinks include the Dirty Chai and Iced Mocha Latte; both are creamy, roasted perfectly and never overly sweet.
The most important meal of the day can be found anytime of day with breakfast served at all times. The menu is small due to their recent opening, but it hits every nail on the head. From the classic bagel and croissant sammys to breakfast salads to 3 different types of flavored oatmeals, each dish is prepared to order and is delicately presented.
So far, there are 2 most often requested breakfast items: The Breakfast Wrap and Amami Oatmeal. The Breakfast Wrap includes an egg over medium, chewy roasted potatoes, gooey provolone cheese, and sriracha mayo. Additional proteins like bacon or turkey can be added as well, but this wrap is prefect just the way it is. The Amami Oatmeal is a mixture of classic rolled oats, rich chocolate, frothed milk and a kick of their classic espresso. The warm bowl is an incredible start to any morning.
The chalk board on the wall holds the glory of a few weekly special items that are everything but shy being of wholesome and completely awesome. This week’s specials contain a panini, a salad, and a soup, for now at least. The Chef says how the menu will be expanding on 01/24/14 and hours of operation will change as well once they get more business.
Some of the new and secretly revealed menu items are an authentic proscuitto, sun dried tomato, and pesto sandwich, a slow roasted chicken sandwich with caramelized onions and arugula, a kale and grape caesar salad, and an Italian caprese grilled cheese with basil and tomato inspired by Davide’s daughter, Sofia. Menu items and specials are likely to change as Davide likes to keep his ingredients seasonal and unique to his customers.
At prices that already include tax, what you see is what you pay. That being said, with prices like these I don’t care whether you’re spiritual or religious or whatever, Bucknellian’s and local Lewisburg members are all saying a big fat “amen” to this new joint down town.
More food porn ahead: