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Best Of


MapPoughkeepsie, NY
  • Food & Drink
  • Best Restaurant (Italian)
  • Interactive Dining Experience


Amici’s, a popular eatery near the railroad station in the city’s waterfront district, offers delicious Italian fare with a personal touch. On busy days, chef/owner Joel Trocino will step out of the kitchen to help serve — and even bus tables when needed. For a nifty twist, Trocino also offers a monthly “interactive chef” night: He sets up shop in the dining room and cooks a five-course Italian meal right there, chatting with customers about ingredients and answering their “burning” culinary questions. “It’s a lot of fun for everybody, myself included,” he says.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2015 Readers' Pick — Best Italian Cuisine
2009 Editors' Pick — Best Interactive Dining Experience

Additional Information:

Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2009
Pick: Editors' Picks
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