Amore Breakfast
87 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME
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THE NEW AMORE BREAKFAST!!         87 MAIN STREET 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 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”!

We have occupied several locations up and down Shore Road, and now you'll find us on Main Street at the blinking light on the South side of the village. Our NEWEST location will have excellent visability and accessability and a fresh new look you are sure to love.  You will find your favorite menu items, temping Bloody Marys and Mimosas, all made with 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 25th season of AMORE.

 

 

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 alanilagan@hotmail.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.