Author: Amaro Bistro

What Makes “Happy Hour” in Bothell?

The Origins of the “Happy Hour”

The phrase became known as a jolly time drinking with friends during late afternoon and early evening hours. So what constitutes a Happy Hour?

Firstly, the perfect place, of course. It must be a bar, lounge, saloon, tavern or watering hole that meets some very specific criteria. The bartender must be friendly and amiable. He must be able to make a really good knock-out drink but that doesn’t overwhelm the taste buds. The venue must be such that it allows conversation and celebration. It must have an atmosphere of conviviality unique to the hours that easily converts itself from cozy and soft at the start to a rambunctious cattle ranch by the hours’ end. There must also be offerings of great food and food service and an impressive liquor collection.

Today, in business parlance, happy hour is a weekday period between 4pm to 7pm when bars, clubs and lounges, even restaurants bring in the customers on their way home from work for drinks and small plates of food. Usually at attractive discounted prices, the exact economics of happy hour is the increased demand offsets the decrease in cost. Not to mention, if you are happy enough at the end of the Happy Hour, there’s a chance you’ll be staying well past the discount hours.

Amaro Restaurant: Where Happy Hours are Awesome!

Find this great Italian restaurant in downtown Bothell with a fabled double Happy Hour, one at 3pm to 6pm and another from 10pm to midnight, daily. Enjoy Tuscan small plates with your fave cocktails, an awesome bistro experience.

Bothell Italian Restaurant: A Taste of Tuscany

Tuscan Cuisine: Diverse but Simple

Tuscany is considered the birthplace of Italian Renaissance. Stunning landscapes and seaside vistas, unique artistic legacy and rich history annually draw millions of visitors and tourists to this central Italian region, whose capital is the beautiful city of Florence. It is not just Tuscany’s physical allure that is popular but also its diverse yet simple cuisine.

You ought to know that Tuscan soil is fertile and rocky and suitable to grow some of the best grapes and olives in Italy. From their grapes come world-renown wines such as the Chianti, the most internationally recognized Tuscan wine. There’s also Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, Morellino di Scansano, and the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano

When it comes to meat, the Tuscan diet is rich in wild game, cured meats, and homemade sausages. The Bistecca alla Fiorenta, or steak Florentine is famous, the traditional 3-inch Porterhouse of the highest quality from the Chiana Valley. Another is the porchetta or roast suckling pig, tender and aromatic. When you dine on meat, ask for a wedge of cheese made with sheep’s milk, Pecorino Toscana, the bounty of the region, or a crusty loaf of the traditional salt-less bread pane toscano.

Try also Pappardelle, a flat homemade noodle often served with a rich sauce from wild boar, hare, or duck. And have you tried Tuscan’s white truffles from San Miniato, available only at certain times of the year, the classic bean soup ribollita, and the very popular grilled bruschetta? All these reflect Tuscan diversity, freshness and utter simplicity.

Capturing Tuscan Cuisine in Bothell

If you are in Bothell and craving for authentic Tuscan fare, look no further than Amora Bistro. Picture yourself somewhere in Tuscany savoring authentic regional delights prepared by our culinary artisans in warm candlelit surrounds.