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|Amico Bio was an Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in [[Locale Holborn|Holborn]]. It has now closed.
||Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in [[Locale Holborn|Holborn]]. It's the second branch of the original on Cloth Fair in [[Locale Smithfield|Smithfield]].
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The information below is retained for historical purposes.
Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in [[Locale Holborn|Holborn]]. It's the second branch of the original on Cloth Fair in [[Locale Smithfield|Smithfield]].
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* [http://agirlhastoeat.com/amico-bio-organic-italian-vegetarian/ A Girl Has To Eat review]
* [http://www.andyhayler.com/restaurant/amico-bio/26-07-2014 Andy Hayler's review]
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20160208134316/http://www.artslondonnews.com/2013/02/27/distinctly-organic-yet-undeniably-italian/ Arts London News review]
* [http://www.andyhayler.com/show_restaurant.asp?id=1248 Andy Hayler's review]
* [http://www.artslondonnews.com/2013/02/27/distinctly-organic-yet-undeniably-italian/ Arts London News review]
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<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and friend, July 2013.</div>
<div class="last_verified">Last visited by [[Kake]] and friend, July 2013. Opening hours taken from the Amico Bio website, March 2013.</div>
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category='Featured Article,Now Closed'
category='Featured Article,Italian Food,Pizza,Restaurants,Totally Vegetarian,Vegan Friendly,Vegetarian Friendly'
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hours_text='11am-11pm Mon-Sat; closed Sun'
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summary='Now closed; was a vegetarian Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in Holborn.' website='http://www.amicobio.co.uk/'
opening_hours_text='11am-11pm Mon-Sat; closed Sun'
phone='020 7836 7509'
summary='Now closed; was a vegetarian Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in Holborn.' postcode='WC1A 1BH'
summary='Vegetarian Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in Holborn.'
Like its sister branch, it's completely vegetarian. Vegan and optionally-vegan dishes (including vegan pizzas) are clearly marked on the menu, as are those that are or can be made gluten-free.
bob visited on a Tuesday lunchtime in February 2013. When I arrived shortly before 1pm there was only one other table seated, but the place filled up during my visit. No music was playing, just the noise of conversation.
I went for the special lunch menu, which offers three courses for £10 photo, starting with the pickled vegetable, cucumber, and rocket salad photo. The veg were pickled quite nicely, and the rocket was fresh.
My main was an oven-baked potato served with cannellini bean ragout photo. This was perfectly decent; the potato was cooked well, and as I'd asked for the vegan option they used olive oil instead of butter to dress it before adding the ragout.
For dessert I had the fruit salad photo; this normally comes with chocolate "crunchies" based on popped rice, but I asked for it without the chocolate and they happily gave it to me with plain crunchies instead. My waiter was careful to make sure I knew that the chocolate was vegan, in case that was why I was asking for it to be left off. The end result was interesting, and I quite liked it.
Both of the two waitstaff on duty were very attentive. Tap water was explicitly offered, though I chose a bottle of mineral water instead (£2.95).
On a visit in May 2013 I had the Pizza Bellini vegan option (£7) photo, which was nice and thin. I wasn't entirely convinced by the rice milk mozzarella, but the aubergines were nicely cooked. I also had the vegan cheese board (£8) photo which came with toasted bread and marmalade. The cheeses were interestingly flavoured albeit a bit dull texture-wise.
bob's verdict: I've been back and would go again.
Accessibility: A step to get in. No steps to the toilets once you're in, and most of the seating is also on the same level (some is up on a dais). It's quite cramped inside.
- bob's photoset on Flickr, including photos of the menu as of February 2013
- Andy Hayler's review
- Arts London News review
- fatgayvegan review
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