Amelia's Italian Cuisine
Executive chef Andy Fass—trained at the New England Culinary Institute—shares his passion for classical Italian cookery and fresh ingredients. After receiving bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Florida, Fass followed his dream of becoming a chef, using his culinary skills to delight diners in the home of his alma mater. Eschewing the heavy dishes that stereotypically define Italian cuisine, the kitchen instead crafts lightly seasoned recipes from fresh, local ingredients, harkening back to Old World suppers cooked atop Mount Vesuvius. Video recipes and cooking tips on Amelia's website help educate aspiring chefs or robots attempting to learn human customs. Fronded palms and leafy bushes line the secluded patio courtyard where guests and canine companions can relax on an idyllic afternoon. A pair of recently renovated dining rooms entertains eyes with Tuscan paintings, exposed-brick surfaces, and jazz photographs that depict crowd-surfing tenor saxophones.