Recipe for suc­cess is good food and friendly ser­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update - By Josie Han­nett

An Ital­ian res­tau­rant in Ash­ford has bagged the ti­tle of Kent’s fourth best diner, ac­cord­ing to Tri­pAd­vi­sor.

Amici, in North Street, has been ranked in the top ten out of 3,433 restau­rants in the county on the travel com­pany web­site.

The rank­ing sys­tem is de­ter­mined by pop­u­lar­ity in­dex, mean­ing restau­rants are listed based on over­all cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, so the posh­est and most ex­pen­sive do not au­to­mat­i­cally come out on top.

Amici, which opened in June last year, is owned by Nino and Claire Costa, who pre­vi­ously ran the Half­way House pub and res­tau­rant in Chal­lock, to­gether with Mas­simo Dei­dda and his wife Justyna.

Mr and Mrs Dei­dda used to run Mas­simo’s – a cof­fee shop in the same premises be­fore it changed to Amici.

Mrs Costa was a reg­u­lar cus­tomer of Mas­simo’s and in­tro­duced Nino to the own­ers af­ter re­al­is­ing Mr Dei­dda was Sar­dinian, like her hus­band.

The cou­ples be­came friends and de­cided to open Amici, which in Ital­ian, means friends.

Claire says they are chuffed to be so high up in the list of Kent’s top restau­rants: “It feels in­cred­i­ble re­ally and it makes all the hard work worth­while.

“We work long hours and put a lot into our busi­ness and we are very proud.

“We would like to thank all of our cus­tomers as a lot of them come back to us. It means an aw­ful lot and we’re very grate­ful.”

Nino is head chef and Mas­simo also cooks in the kitchen, with Claire in charge of front of house along­side Justyna who cov­ers a cou­ple of shifts a week.

Amici – well known for its fish dishes – also bagged the top spot in the list of Ash­ford’s best restau­rants, out of 117 in the town.

Claire added: “I al­ways keep an eye on the re­views and try to an­swer as many as pos­si­ble. If we have neg­a­tive ones we have to dis­cuss it to make sure we take it on board and do some­thing about it.”

“We have a young and friendly team and we are like a fam­ily here. Our food may be good, but good food and friendly ser­vice go to­gether.”

Amici is open from Mon­day to Satur­day with a lunchtime ser­vice from noon to 2.30pm and din­ner served from 5.30pm till 9.30pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to book, visit amici-ash­ or call 01233 666945.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3196491

Amici own­ers, Mas­simo and Justyna Dei­dda, and Claire and Nino Costa

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