Walked Marine drive looking to eat and happened across Amore. The specials listed outside for under $10 caught our attention as many other average places along Marine are overpriced.
It's a bit hard to describe this place as I can't think of anything that similar I have been to before. It is very small, only about 15 feet wide and maybe 50 feet deep. The entire restaurant is contained within this open space, including the kitchen, dishwasher, and everything. There are only about 10 or so tables, and they are all covered with nice fresh white tablecloths and nice cutlery and napkins. The place is recently opened so it looks pretty spiffy. It is strange though because without a few of the nicer touches and newness you could easily imagine it for a greasy take out joint (they do specialize in take out as well it looks like).
On a weeknight the entire restaurant was efficently run by two people. The owner is dressed in a nice chef uniform and he's cooking the food and doing whatever else it takes like bussing tables and bringing food to get the job done. The waitress is taking orders, bringing food, and even doing the dishes. So you can see it is very small and intimate.
The pretty waitress was efficient and timely but seemed shy and not personable (no smile, chat, etc.).
Food started off with fresh garlic bread that was very good, dripping with butter. The pizza is hand tossed thin crust style and it was very good. The lasagna didn't do it for me however. Maybe it's just the authentic style as I had something similar at Marcello's I didn't like. An Anton's lasagna tastes way better to me.
The most schocking thing were the prices on the menu. I just did not expect the prices to be so low for authentic Italian in this area of town. Our meal for two including pop and tax came to $22.
Overall I really enjoyed the unique experience and I'll be back to try a few more things. It is probably higher than 3 stars but hard to tell from one visit.