Enoteca AMA sits right across the street from the orange awnings of its sister restaurant, Beacon’s popular Café Amarcord. The 49-seat enoteca focuses on wood-fired pizzas, simple Italian fare and, of course, wine (there is a full bar and craft beer selection). The open industrial space gets splashes of color from the bright orange chairs and art by local artist Rob Penner. The centerpiece, though, is a Pavesi brick hearth oven, imported from Italy and finished at Forza Forni in Brewster. Owner Rifo Murtovic says he wanted to bring authentic al forno pizza to the area. The pizzas that emerge from the oven are fluffier, a little chewy and fire-kissed. Topped with a choice of imported Italian meats, hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes, fire-roasted vegetables and rich fiore di latte mozzarella, the pizzas are “individual-sized,” but this is food meant to be shared. Start with caprino (fire-roasted plum tomatoes, herbs, goat cheese and EVOO), tonno crudo (tuna, Meyer lemon, capers, chili pepper and flaked salt), and move on to a selection of pizza or panini. The all-Italian wine list offers seven by the glass ($6 to $10). “The wines are all based on pizza,” Murtovic explains. “They had to be reasonable, not heavy, fruitier wines.” Think Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Chianti. The heaviest (a Nero D’Avola) was selected for the meat and cheese platters.
297 Main St, Beacon