Amici’s, which, fittingly, translates to “friend” in Italian, has opened a second beachside location in Indian Harbour Beach.
David Dashi, who owns and runs both Amici’s, along with his wife Valentina, believes in the concept of treating each restaurant patron as a friend. “I love this business and my wife is very supportive,” Dave says. Dave’s family owns a New York location that is still in business, and Dave and Valentina opened the Suntree Amici’s in 2007 at the Boardwalk of Suntree Plaza. The couple have been married 18 years and have two children.
Dave’s focus on the quality of service and food remains true in Indian Harbour Beach. Though the bistro features different and creative selections, many Italian favorites still play a starring role on the menu. Lunch items include flatbreads with standout ingredients like pesto and pine nuts and one flavored with goat cheese, prosciutto and apple. Juicy burgers and tempting sandwiches are available as well. Of course, there are Italian pasta favorites like tortellini for a classic taste.
The dinner menu includes quality selections like premium cuts of steak and signature pasta dishes with a modern flair. Naturally, fresh seafood is a highlight on the beach including sea scallops, shrimp and fish specials that regularly include swordfish and snapper. A “dieter’s special” with scallops and spinach is an attractive option for the health conscious at just 150 calories. All menu items are made from scratch and prepared daily. The wine list was carefully selected to suit many tastes. Traditional Italian comforts still have a home at the bistro.
“What we’re trying to do here is make it comfortable and create friendships with people in Brevard County, not just customers,” says Dave Dashi.
The beachside location, having been several restaurants previously, was completely remodeled including a new kitchen, bathrooms and bar. The interior is warm, classy and comfortable. The casual and sophisticated outdoor patio is perfect for lunch on a beautiful afternoon, cocktails after work or for a snack after a day at the beach. Diners can enjoy live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm, service is attentive and as is custom, Dave and Valentina regularly check in on tables.
1940 Highway A1A,
Indian Harbour Beach
4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday