Smithfield area vegetarian and vegan restaurant Amico Bio owner and head chef, Pasquale Amico, has now incorporated what he reckons is an irresistible range of organic wines to complement his seasonal menu. Amico Bio has been located on Cloth Fair – opposite the St. Bartholomew the Great church in the location once occupied by the fondly-remembered Betjemans wine bar and restaurant – since 2010 and has become established as one of the area’s best specialist vegetarian eateries.
As part of Real Wine Month, Pasquale has carefully chosen his wines to kick start the summer season in style. The selection includes PRIMITIVO, aged in underground cellars for an intense, cherry flavour, CATARATTO, medium-bodied with notes of melon and apple, and SALENTO ROSSO, renowned for its colour and delicious fruits of the forest flavour.
Pasquale prides himself on using only the best quality seasonal produce imported fresh from his family run farm in Capua, South Italy, every week. His imports allow for the rich diversity of the always-evolving Amico Bio menu.
The special wine list is testament to Pasquale’s ethos of using luxury, health-conscious ingredients to create unforgettable flavour and Amico Bio continues to define vegan and vegetarian Italian dining in London. Signature dishes include Insalata di Rucola, Kinara e Pomodori Arrosto (Rocket, Kinara Cheese and Roasted Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing) and Peperoni Farciti alle Verdure, Gratinati con Mozzarella di Bufala (Slow Baked Peppers with Seasonal Vegetables and Buffalo Mozzarella).
Pasquale says: “This is always an exciting time of year for me – there’s so much opportunity to create and experiment with our ingredients. My team and I are excited to unveil a host of new combinations perfect for the longer days and warmer nights.”