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Amano is a craft Mexican kitchen that delivers tradition in a vibrant and modern setting. We source carefully and prepare honestly to deliver the smell and taste of Mexico.
From tortillas hechas a mano using heirloom corn (nixtamal), sourced from ancient grains in Mexico; to dishes that highlight the local harvest of Idaho and honor all the hands that prepared it; to hand-crafted cocktails made using premium tequilas and mezcales;to hand-crafted beer and wine from the Sunnyslope Wine Region…
We deliver a hand crafted experience
hecho a mano.
Chef / Owner
IT ALL STARTED WHEN…
The owner was born and raised in Michoacan, Mexico. When he was five years old, his family moved to Santa Ana, California where he spent the majority of his adolescence.
At a young age, he became captivated by his mother’s cooking. He was amazed at how the plants cultivated by his father’s hands could be used used to make the salsas and tortillas he enjoyed everyday. He carefully watched his mother’s hands move quickly with the food, chopping, peeling, dicing, boiling, as if it was second nature, all with a smile on her face. These experiences at his mother’s side always stuck with him and became the propellant to starting his own culinary journey.
When his family moved to Homedale, Idaho, he visited frequently and eventually moved to Boise after meeting his future wife. With his mind set on opening a restaurant one day, he started as a dishwasher and worked his way up to Executive Chef within a three year period. Since then, he has worked as the front of the house manager and kitchen manager for many well-known, established restaurants in Boise such as Whole Foods Market and Eureka!. When the opportunity presented itself to open a restaurant, he took it. He spent many months carefully crafting a menu that takes into account his influences of SoCal, Michoacan, and Oaxacan style Mexican food.
El dueño nació en Michoacán, Mexico. Cuando él tenía cinco años, su familia se mudó a Santa Ana, California donde él pasó la mayoría de su adolescencia.
Cuando era joven, él fue cautivado por las habilidades culinarias de su mamá. Le llamó la atención cómo las plantas cultivadas por las manos de su papá podrian servir como ingredientes para salsas y tortillas que él disfruto todos los día, hechas por su mama. El se fijo mucho en las manos de su mamá. Las manos de ella estaban flotando sobre la comida cortando, picando, pelando como si fuera nada y con una sonrisa en la cara. Él siempre recordó las experiencias de estar al lado de su mamá y eventualmente fue el propelente de empezar su propio aventura culinaria.
Cuando su familia se mudó a Homedale, Idaho, él la visito frecuentemente y se mudó a Boise después de conocer a su esposa. Con ganas de hacer su propio restaurante, el empezó como lavaplatos y gracias a Dios, entre tres años llegó su primer título de Chef Executivo. Desde entonces, el ha trabajado en muchos restaurantes bien-conocidos, establecidos en Boise. Cuando había una oportunidad de abrir su propio restaurante, la tomo. Después de muchos meses, él creó un menú que tiene una mezcla de sus influencias de California Sur, Michoacán, y Oaxaca.
Tortillas, tostadas and tlayudas are made from heirloom Oaxacan nixtamal (corn). Ground in house with lava rock. Each tortillas is made to order by hand.
SUNNY SLOPE WINE REGION
The Snake River Valley is home to one of the AVA’s in the Northwest that produces wines with higher acidity and ripe fruit flavors. Local varietals include Rieslings, Bordeaux Blend, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and ice wines.
CRAFT and MEXICAN BEER
24 beers on tap. Ice cold, bottled Mexican beer. Growler fills. No, you’re not dreaming.
Mezcal is a distilled spirit made from agave that means “oven-cooked agave” in Nahuatl, the Aztec language. Mezcal is the godfather to tequila, and dates back hundreds of years. Because of it’s distillation process, it embodies a smokier flavor and is named by the type of agave plant that was used such as Espandin and Tobaziche. We are proud to feature 20 varieties of the spirit that made Oaxaca famous, including artisanal, small-batch varieties.
Tequila, Mezcal’s relative, also comes from the agave plant. While mezcal can be made with a variety of agave plants, tequila is made with only 100% blue agave. Like mezcal, we are proud to carry 20 varieties that stand alone or pair well in cocktails.
We are now offering To-Go and Curbside Pick Up! Enjoy your favorite dishes from the comfort of your own home.
Place an order by phone by calling 208.453.6410 or ordering online now.
“Amano’s menu includes hand-pressed corn tortillas, 20 varieties of Mezcal and a selection of wines from the Sunnyslope wine region.”
– IDAHO STATESMAN
“Everything about Amano from its spare design to its use of authentic ingredients makes it distinctive. The sounds of Mexican music fill the air and the homage to the restaurant’s historic architecture (1902) is palpable…On a recent visit I tried (devoured) three dishes: fresh mahi mahi ceviche, chicken mole and carne asada with a salsa de molcajete. Bold, simple and direct citrus flavors enlivened the ceviche; savory spices accented the rich dark-brown mole; the marinated carne asada came with a pungent green sauce. Even the beans had a hint of heat and the rice reminded me of orzo.”
– EDIBLE IDAHO
Caldwell restaurant serves free pozole while raising funds for local non-profit during the Pozole for Familias event
“In Caldwell, the Amano restaurant spent Thanksgiving Day serving free pozole to the community while raising funds to support the non-profit Advocates Against Family Violence.
‘We were just noticing that a lot of families have been impacted by Covid-19. Whether that’s economically or just through losses of family members,’ said Rebecca Alamilla, co-owner of Amano. ‘We thought we have this space and we have food, and why not open up our doors and offer free pozole to families who are in need.’”
– KIVI NEWS CHANNEL 6
“Alamilla said they received their first shipment last week, and before opening a restaurant, she was a teacher. She would see that sometimes families would need additional income during the slow agriculture season and hopes this project would support them.
“We are of the few restaurants that do the nixtamalization process. Why not use corn that’s here to support local farmers and support other people to have an extra job opportunity and support their families during this time,” Alamilla said.”
– KIVI NEWS CHANNEL 6
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Join us for the Latinx Book Club!
Looking for a book club that features contemporary Latinx authors? Are you wanting to dive into different genres by Latinx authors while enjoying community?
AMANO has partnered with Rediscovered Books to bring you a book club that celebrates #latinxexcellence by featuring novels by Latinx authors.
February 2021 Book Club Details:
NOVEL: AFTERLIFE BY JULIA ALVAREZ
DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2021 FROM 7-9 PM
DISCOUNT CODE: BY PURCHASING YOUR BOOK THROUGH REDISCOVERED BOOKS, YOU CAN USE THE CODE LATINX TO RECEIVE 20% OFF YOUR BOOK IN ENGLISH OR IN SPANISH. USTED PUEDE USAR EL CODIGO LATINX PARA RECIBIR UN DESCUENTO DE 20% DE SU LIBRO.
Frequently Asked Questions:
DO I HAVE TO BE LATINX TO JOIN THE BOOK CLUB?
No! While we appreciate affinity spaces, this club is for all to join!
I STILL DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE GOING OUT IN GROUPS, CAN I JOIN VIA ZOOM?
Yes! Right now the book club is being held over Zoom until COVID-19 is under control. At that time, we will resume the club in person and add cocktails back on!
WHEN I GO TO GET MY TICKET FOR THE CLUB, IT SAYS TO PAY AS YOU GO. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
The cost of the book club shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing literature, so Rediscovered Books has graciously offered 20% code for the book of the month using the code LATINX at checkout. After purchasing the physical book at Rediscovered Books or the audio version through Libro.fm, get your FREE access to a lively Zoom conversation discussing the book for the month by registering for the Book Club (click here). We look forward to seeing you!
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