I have reviewed Amicis before, and I won't repeat myself. However, we have eaten there several times since my last review, and I continue to be amazed by those who claim that 1. the building is run down or dirty; 2. the service is terrible (or that "they don't care if you come back"), 3. the prices are too high, or 4. that the food is terrible. As regular customers, we go back on a regular basis because we have found NONE of those criticisms to be true. The building is 150 years old, and it shows; however, it has ALWAYS been clean. As I said in another review, if historic buildings are not for you, please do not go. There are plenty of pseudo-Italian restaurants with fake Roman ruins in brand new buildings. As for service, it has always been exceptional. Even after my first visit, years ago, they greeted me by name at the door! I haven't gotten that kind of personal treatment anywhere else in Indy. The prices are a bit higher than some of the competition, but they always have discounts available, making them very competitive . Contrary to the critics, I have found the food to be delicious. The owner is Italian, and his interpretation is different from that of the chains. That's a big plus for those of us who prefer creative chefs rather than boilerplate. One reviewer claimed that there was an "overpowering taste of cinnamon" in every entree. I beg to differ. There is a subtle taste of cinnamon in one dish that I know of, but that relates to my point about creativity. It's very simple: don't go there if you want a new building and a standardized menu. But if you value great service and the ambiance of a historic building in a historic neighborhood, this is for you. Just don't criticize Amici's for not being something that a. they do not claim to be, and b. they have no desire to be. Their regular customers agree wholeheartedly!
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