Bear Bites: Amici – Another Good Pizza Place for Macon

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Bear Bites: Amici – Another Good Pizza Place for Macon

Amici offers many delicious starters like the spinach artichoke dip. Photo by Peter Garcia.

Amici offers many delicious starters like the spinach artichoke dip. Photo by Peter Garcia.

Amici offers many delicious starters like the spinach artichoke dip. Photo by Peter Garcia.

Amici offers many delicious starters like the spinach artichoke dip. Photo by Peter Garcia.

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Those who attend Mercer football games or frequent Mercer Landing have probably noticed the bright lights strung up on the rooftop of a new pizzeria and sports bar that opened last summer. For those who have not seen it, Georgia-based franchise Amici opened up a new location at Mercer Landing to serve quality food to Mercer Bears and Macon residents.

As its sign says, Amici is a place for pizza, wings and friends. Along with pizza and wings, they serve pastas, salads, sandwiches and other food to snack on while watching sports.

Not only can visitors watch a game on one of the TVs, the rooftop seating gives customers the chance to watch a game with a great view of the Five Star Stadium.

The Good:

The Pizza

The pizza tasted much fresher and more flavorful than the fast-food standards of Papa John’s or Domino’s. The crunchy and bready crust, along with quality ingredients, created an appealing pizza experience.

Photographer Peter Garcia and I tried one of the specialty pizzas, the Summer in Turin, with fresh garlic, basil, olive oil and feta cheese. The garlic flavor was present throughout, and it made us want to finish every slice, even the crust.

The Location

Not only is this location great for Mercer students and fans of Mercer Football, the rooftop area makes for a fun atmosphere where people want to take the time to enjoy eating and talking with their friends.

The Questionable:

The Price

Garcia and I split a pizza and an appetizer, and we each paid close to $15. Although we had plenty of food for the two of us, this definitely did not qualify as a cheap-eat.

The Bad:

Nothing Special about the Food

As much as we enjoyed the pizza, it was of comparable quality to Sauced or Ingleside Village Pizza. The appetizer we tried, a spinach and artichoke dip, was good, but not significantly better than you could get elsewhere.

Overall, the experience of eating at Amici is what made it worth going. Their friendly staff, relaxed environment and great food made it a nice night out to eat.

That said, I cannot say that I ate anything special at Amici, and it did not offer any deal that made it particularly alluring. Still, I could see myself going back to eat, drink and spend time with friends up on the roof.

Rating:

Will 3/5

Peter 3.5/5

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