Folk Fridays at Amico’s Pizza is a popular musical event series with an all-star line up of folk musicians from across Ontario.Friday April 14th – Don’t miss The Greyhound Riders, a Toronto based folk band made up of two full-time members, Celina Di Cecca on fiddle, viola, mandolin, ukulele and vocals and Tony Nesbitt-Larking on guitar, and percussion. The two musicians met on a Greyhound bus in 2011. After collaborating on various projects, they decided to bring their diverse musical styles together in the fall of 2013 to form a band with a name that remembers their fateful bus trip. Tony and Celina’s original music is rooted in folk, has a twist of jazz, a touch of new-grass and hint of old-time. Both have an extensive list of composition and performance experiences Friday 21 April 2017, the lovely and talented Sarah Hamilton Toronto fiddle player will perform live! Born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, Sarah has been playing fiddle since the age of six, and started performing professionally at the age of 14. She’s the driving force in The Done Gone String Band accompanying groups such as Reuben and the Dark, and Spencer Jo and the River Ramble in Calgary, Alberta. Sarah is now located in Toronto, Ontario where she’s singing and playing in the Pigeonhawk Stringband and local swing orchestra Combo Royale and has just released her first solo recording, engineered by the legendary Bob Hamilton at Old Crow Recording. With that in mind I reckon there’ll be CDs for sale at this show. Friday April 28th the last show in the Folk Friday series will see Sarah Jane Scouten perform upstairs at Amico’s Pizza.
Discovered by Vancouver label Light Organ Records when she was cold-called into the studio to make an EP with the prolific music producer Andy Bishop as part of a series of releases, coined The Railtown Sessions (links here), Sarah’s career has blossomed ever since. She has performed on big stages with majors artists all over Canada but now calls Parkdale home and of course she loves Amico’s Pizza.
Here’s Laura Bilotta the Toronto matchmaker from Single in the City with John Macintosh from Hashtagio social media aggregator just before the start of Laura’s Singles Pizza Making Night, a unique networking event held here at Amico’s Pizza.
Singles Pizza Making Night at Amico’s Pizza in Toronto!Frank got the call a month ago, and he said yes to Laura Bilotta when she asked to bring twenty-four single people to our historic Parkdale restaurant at the start of November 2016. He said yes because over the years Amico’s Pizza has been the meeting place for many married couples; we frequently get people returning to where it all started for them a decade ago or longer. If you’re one of those people who met your lover here in the nineties or 2000’s please don’t hesitate to contact us for a deep discount anniversary pizza! As usual, our man Frank Horgan ran the kitchen and made sure that everyone who participated in the event and who came back into his realm to make their pizza had the correct amount of dough, and applied the proper amount of sauce, and sprinkled on enough seasonings, and had full access to countless fresh ingredients. That’s all they needed as Frank took care of all the cooking. Here’s Mr Horgan with his son beside him at the top of the night.
Angelo Tramonti from Sarafino Foods generously donated an authentic olive oil tasting experience!Angelo Tramonti, the boss at a local olive oil importing company Sarafino Foods brought samples of four different oils from four different olive tree varietals and gave the audience an amazing taste experience. He took everyone to Italy in their mouths for a moment and won our hearts forevermore with his knowledge and perspective. By putting the four different oils in four different coloured shot glasses, Angelo was able to demonstrate the subtleties of the product in a way that many of the attendees had never experienced before. Plus he gave each participant an unopened taster bottle so they could go home and impress their family and friends with their knowledge. The screw cap bottles are resealable so they can do this many times. Angelo offered the group four different olive oils to try, but not before first telling them that they’ve probably never tried real olive oil before in their entire lives. He used the outrageous comment to spark a discussion on the fraud that’s happening on supermarket shelves today regarding the way the Canadian government lets olive oil distributors use misleading labels so consumers don’t realize they’re buying inferior product. There needs to be more public awareness about this issue and Angelo is on a mission to educate consumers and demand change. Meanwhile, back in the kitchen, each participant was given an apron and two minutes at the counter to add tomato paste and seasonings and then garnish their own very personal pizza anyway they liked. There was a massive array of toppings for the pizza-making participants to choose from, including a variety of exotic ingredients like capers, pickled onions, asparagus, basil and other specially imported meats and cheeses in addition to the arsenal of regular toppings present at the counter. At the end of their chef experience, each artist had to sign the pizza somehow, and make some distinctive feature so they could identify their work when it was cooked and brought out hot later on. Each group took about ten minutes to complete their cuisine creations and there were six groups or twenty four individual pizzas made in total. Twenty five pizzas actually, as Laura went last and made a wicked Za with everything she liked most, and Frank was truly amazed at her creativity. Her pizza creation, the Single in the City pizza (for two) may be featured on the Amico’s Pizza menu next summer, so I wont give away the ingredients now as we’ll likely have a patio party and debut it. Frankie guarded the custom pizzas waiting to be cooked as they stacked up behind him in the kitchen. Now with Laura’s pizza ready to go, the pies were loaded into the oven six at a time to be finished and served hot to the waiting crowd all at once. As Angelo wrapped up the olive oil tasting in the main dining area, the smell of cooked pizzas wafted through the restaurant and drove everyone crazy.