Historical version 9 of Amico Bio, WC1A 1BH
Amico Bio was an Italian restaurant on New Oxford Street in Holborn. It has now closed, though the original branch near Smithfield Market remains open.
The information below is retained for historical purposes.
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
- A Girl Has To Eat review
- Andy Hayler's review
- Arts London News review
- fatgayvegan review