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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.

Wood-fired Pizzas

Why Wood-fired Pizzas Taste Better

Wood-burning ovens have been around since ancient times. In Central Europe, earth ovens were discovered in the ground; they were large pits that were believed to be used to roast mammoth.
Now as far as pizzas go, they are not baked in underground pits the size of a prehistoric animal, but great pizzas ones are cooked in modern, portable wood-fired ovens.

Culinary experts cite the many benefits of pizza cooked this way. Firstly, the pizzas cook quickly. At higher temperatures, about 600 to 700 degrees, it cuts pizza cooking time sharply. You get your pizza in under 5 minutes in a wood-fired oven, depending on dough thickness. Also, the even distribution of heat enhances the pizza flavor with that unique smokiness to taste. Then, when pizzas with veggies and fruits are cooked over a flame, the shorter time it takes preserves specific nutrients and antioxidants; longer will deplete the pizza’s nutritional value. Lastly, cooking with wood oven is an energy saver. You don’t use gas or electricity, just heat from fire.

With a variety of toppings available – tomatoes, mozzarella, mushrooms, chicken, garlic, onions, meatballs, pepperoni, pineapple, and a whole lot more – you get a plethora of distinguished flavors combined with optimal crust that is crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. It’s a surreal experience for most pizza lovers.

Wood-Fired Pizzas in Bothell

At Amaro Bistro, have a great pizza experience in candlelit surroundings. Enjoy our wood-fired pizza in five distinct flavors. Amaro serves only fresh and local ingredients, cooked the old Tuscan way. Locals and visitors in town love our pasta, insalate, our grilled delights,and our cozy bar. And our famous wood-fired pizzas – just one of the specialties of your Italian restaurant in Bothell.

The Asparagus Story

Asparagus plays an important role at our Italian restaurant in Bothell. You can find it speck-wrapped in our asparagi, alongside our pan-roasted halibut, or in our quinoa and asparagi insalate. This curious, flavorful vegetable has been a big part of Italian cuisine for many years.

Asparagus was first grown as a source of food in ancient Greece approximately 2,500 years ago. The Greeks believed that the shoots of this plant possessed medicinal properties to cure bee stings, toothaches, and more. When the Romans arrived on the scene, they quickly embraced the vegetable, and began to cultivate it in high-walled courtyards inside their urban areas. The plant then travelled throughout many other countries along with the Roman conquests, and has retained its popularity to the modern day.

A Brief History of the Tomato in Italy

It can be hard to imagine Italian food without tomatoes, but Italy went through centuries of cooking before the iconic red fruit was introduced to the country. So, how did tomatoes become such an important part of the menu at our Bothell Italian restaurant?

Before tomatoes were introduced to Italy, most Italian dishes used olive oil and cheeses where you might expect them to use tomato sauce. It was only when the tomato was brought over from South America that anyone in the country ever laid eyes upon the fruit. The first identified account of tomatoes being used in Italy comes from 1548. Around this time, the Italians knew the fruit as “pomidoro”, or “golden fruits”, due to the fact that the first of their tomatoes were small and yellow.

Even after the arrival of the tomato, it would take a long time before Italian food would take on the appearance we know today. Many popular dishes, including tomato sauce, are still fairly recent innovations from as recently as the late nineteenth century. Come and enjoy this delicious and nutritious fruit at Amaro Bistro tonight!