Amici’s was founded in 1993 by George Stark and Sal Parko in a small shopping strip at the South end of Royal Oak, MI. Customers loved the fresh ingredients and unusual flavor combinations, which were different from other local pizzas. The focus was on freshness and premium ingredients. Amici’s quickly built a loyal following while winning several local food awards.
With Amici’s success growing, they soon moved to nearby Berkley, MI and added the Living Room—a casual martini bar where patrons could order one of their 50 martinis and an award-winning pizza in a comfortable neighborhood setting. Local artists exhibited their works in the Living Room making the atmosphere as creative as the menu. The Patio—tucked in the small outdoor dining space soon became the best spot in town for a summer evening.
In 2005 George passed the business to his sister, Jennifer Stark and her partner, Maureen McNamara. Keeping it in the family, they continue in the best tradition of Amici’s, but have brought their own “green” focus.