Since opening last year, Amano has delivered the fresh Italian fare this city had been craving. In honour of their first birthday this month, here are the top 10 reasons to love Amano.

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ONE

Channeling the spirit of the classic Italian bakery, Amano is up early, offering the pre-work crowd an elevated breakfast on the go. Classic pastries fill the cabinet every morning, and the $2 slices of toast, spread with rotating toppings can’t be beat.

TWO

Speaking of the bakery, every bit of flour used in pastries, pastas, and to make their mouth-watering organic bread is milled on site. We’re pretty sure this make carbs okay.

THREE

Amano lifts the grab-and-go coffee game with exotic milk offerings like macadamia and buffalo.

FOUR

Look up when you walk into Amano and you’ll be mesmerized by the expansive field of dried flowers above you. Glean inspiration from above to create your own dried flower installation, to turn your home into an Italian country retreat.

FIVE

Fresh, homemade pasta is right at the heart of the exquisite menu – more than just a canvas to highlight other ingredients, it speaks for itself. Home chefs rejoice, and pick up fresh pasta to-go to wow your next dinner party.

SIX

Best-practice fishing practices that follow each species’ life cycle mean your plate will be filled with some of the world’s freshest seasonal fish.

SEVEN

Likewise, Amano partners with Aotearoa’s best local farmers, serving up only the finest local, organic, free-range meat and poultry.

EIGHT

Their amazingly curated wine list is built on an old-world foundation, but incorporates local favourites from Marlborough to Barossa as well.

NINE

Dessert isn’t an afterthought at Amano. The seasonal menu makes ingredients sing, tempting your palate to be adventurous with offerings like sesame sponge with carrot, cream cheese and candied walnut.

TEN

It’s just SO pretty. Need we say more?