Americano Bar & Kitchen, Amsterdam

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Americano Bar & Kitchen is an Italian-American inspired restaurant at the edge of de Pijp in Amsterdam . It’s right on the Amstel river, a handy 5 minute walk from our house and was the perfect place to take Matt for his birthday dinner.

The interior is totally dreamy and everything looks like it came out of an Anthropologie show room. Gold accents and interesting accessories were EVERYWHERE. Just look at that swan tap!

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We started the evening at the bar with a couple of cocktails and had a good chat with the barman.

Unfortunately, the Dutch are not revered for their customer service. In fact it has a reputation for being generally a bit pants, something I have experienced a couple of times since moving here.

So I was relieved when we experienced the best customer service I’ve had in Amsterdam. Granted, it was a quieter Tuesday night but the service at Americano was above and beyond thanks to the host/barman/waiter extraordinaire, Mark. (Thanks, Mark!)

I am a creature of comfort and stuck with the tried and tested Espresso Martini but Matt went for a ‘Tommy Gun’ cocktail which was served in a tall pasta jar with ‘gun smoke’ – the hipster rating was through the roof.

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imageWe chose a table by the window and enjoyed a meat sharing platter to start. SO MUCH FOOD. The sausages were especially delicious.


imageimageimageMatt then went for the veal with saffron rice croquettes which he loved and I went for the small portion of the carbonara and a rocket salad.

The pasta was really tasty but I was just so full from the massive starter that I couldn’t finish it. So attempted to move the leftovers around my plate like a sneaky child to make it look like I’d eaten more…

Unfortunately we were so stuffed that we didn’t make it to dessert. But I’ve got my eye on that chocolate parfait and with the restaurant being so close it would be rude not to go back and try it.

Americano  is a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere slightly fancy but still relaxed with good service and even better food. We will definitely be returning soon (even if it’s just for dessert!).

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