CAFFE PREGO 44 SHORE ROAD OGUNQUIT
Leanne Cusimano followed a dream and a vision and in 1994 started in business. As founder and creator of the former Cafe Amore, she now proudly brings you Amore Breakfast! The original location, just up the street, was on the property of Sea Chambers, on Shore Road. With a background in teaching, then retail furniture sales, and after having worked in area restaurants for 6 years, she wanted to create a place of her own where people could enjoy good food and feel at home. She has been influenced by her travels coast to coast and abroad. Leanne has always believed that “food is love”, due to her Italian upbringing, thus, “Amore”!
After 3 seasons in the original location, the Café moved to Perkins Cove, to expand & offer a full breakfast menu. It is this very menu that was created for the cafe and Leanne has perfected. Thet third move, to the former Brooks Farm, was in the late spring of 2001, and offerd more seating, more parking and more of the best breakfast found anywhere! Now in our premier location, we have two dining rooms, a large, sunny patio, and to compliment our unique menu, we are offering wines by the glass, Bloody Marys and Mimosas. You will find nothing but the freshest ingredients, and attention to detail that is associated with the Amore name! We welcome you to the family of satisfied customers in the 17th season of AMORE.
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As mentioned in the July 30th edition of the New York Times as part a feature article entitled, "36 hours/ Ogunquit, Maine"
"The popular Amore Breakfast has several signature eggs benedict dishes. The archly named Be Still My Heart piles German potato pancakes with poached eggs, bacon, sausage and melted cheese. The trumpeted house specialty, bananas Foster French toast has pecan-coated cream cheese stuffing and a side of bananas sautéed in rum, making it a strong contender for the town's most decadent breakfast."
Restaurant Review by Alan Ilagan
ALAN BENNETT ILAGAN is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Boston Phoenix and the Windy City Times. He was recently featured as a GenreMan for the national publication Genre. Currently Mr. Ilagan lives in upstate New York. He can be reached at email@example.com
It is rare for me to frequent the same restaurant twice while on vacation - usually I want to try a little of everything. However, after spending one morning at Amore Breakfast I couldn’t help but go back for more - more of the delicious food and more of the gregarious staff. Owner Leanne Cusimano, she with the perpetual smile and unforced friendliness, has created a sumptuous selection of breakfast treats, all served in a warm, welcoming atmosphere, perfect for the cool mornings of Ogunquit.
Due to its well-deserved popularity, there is often a wait, but it is most definitely worth it. Besides, the hungry anticipation is rather conducive to getting to know your future fellow diners. Once inside, a black & white checkered motif runs subtly through the space, which is vaguely reminiscent of a comforting 50’s kitchen. Light wood paneling lends a comfy warmth, and along with the standard tables and booths there is a small sit-down counter where folks can eat and talk with the owner. (In case it hasn’t been made obvious, Ms. Cusimano is a major component of Amore’s charm, handling busy mornings with plucky aplomb and convivial care.)
There are a number of exceptional egg offerings, most notably a multitude of variations on eggs benedict. The Oscar de la Renta, featuring asparagus and crab, and the lobster benedict both looked especially appealing, but on my first day I went for the traditional version as a timid taste test. Arriving with a decent portion of home fried potatoes, remarkable for their herbs and seasonings, the eggs benedict was simple but stunning, with two perfectly cooked eggs, Canadian bacon that wasn’t too greasy, and a heavenly Hollandaise sauce. On our last day in town, we tried what may very well be Amore’s crowning glory - the black or blue French toast special. We had saved it for our final visit, and what a reward it turned out to be. (The “black or blue” refers to whether one wants blackberries or blueberries as their topping. We chose the latter - Maine blueberries being some of the best on earth.) Needless to say, it went above and beyond what we had been expecting - thick slices of lemon-bread French toast with a cream cheese filling, covered in fresh, sweet blueberries, and served with a heaping dollop of whipped cream. The shot of maple syrup was almost unnecessary.
Sadly, I didn’t have enough time to try much else (one could feasibly eat a different egg entrée every day for almost a month), but when I return I know exactly where breakfast will be served. Amore Breakfast makes getting up early a little bit easier and a whole lot sweeter.