Amalia opened in Liverpool in 2012, by Antonio Lixi and Miguel Queipo. The rumour has it, the name of the restaurant was invented by merging the first letters of their names (AM) and substituting the first two letter of the word 'Italia' with them, which created 'Amalia'. The owners also claim the place was named after Miguel's grandmother, whose name is Amalia as well.
Amalia is a casual place with a simple interior, somewhat subtly reminding the customers of its Italian origin with the decorations in green and red. The service is friendly and relaxed, it is a perfect restaurant for a date or a family dinner.
The restaurant menu is mainly focused on the traditional Italian food. Single starters are priced between £4.5 and £7; large antipasto plate to share is £12.95.
With pizza recently becoming the signature dish in Amalia, you can find a variety of these, ranging from the classic options like Margarita to cultural appropriations such as Americana with fries on top. In the pictures are Pizza Amalia with Parma ham, rocket and tomatoes, and Sfiziosa with anchovies, blue cheese and capers with a hint of chilli. All pizzas on the menu range between £8 and £10 (and all are hard to finish, thanks to the chef's generosity in portions).
The love of pizza in Amalia goes far beyond a classic pizza menu. Try the famous Calzone Challenge, if you dare! The rules are simple: you get a 5lb calzone pizza and if you manage to finish it all by yourself, you get it for free, if not – you pay £13.95. Amalia Restaurant staff keep an accurate record of the winners showcased to all the visitors.
If it so happens that you are not a pizza lover who ended up in Amalia, there is also a large menu of pasta (£8-12 for a plate), all of which are made with pasta that has been freshly prepared on the same day in a restaurant. There are also meat and fish dishes on the menu (£10-20). Meat prepared in Amalia is bought from the local butchers, as the restaurant actively supports local production.
Finally, Amalia Restaurant has different offers for the customers. For example, you can get a lunch deal between 12pm and 5pm, paying £7.95 for the main course and a glass of wine. (Note: wine by glass is normally between £4 and £7 in the restaurant. There is also a kids' menu offering a meal, drink and dessert for £4.95.