A Taste of Italy The unparalleled success of B.B. Brand in Tokyo has inspired it to soar higher and farther, and has led to the birth of B.B. Brand in the Philippines located at Bonifacio Global City. The only objective of BB Brand is to provide a healthy and affordable Italian dining experience. – – B.B. Brand’s menu consists of daily in-house, freshly made baked goods and traditional Tuscan hand-made pastas. The BB experience can’t falter on the hands of Chef Mogi, who trained in Italy. His CV speaks for itself, boasting 20 years of experience in bringing the taste of Tuscany right on people’s plates. – – Enjoy your […]
Looking for authentic and lip-smacking Italian cuisine? Casamia is right here for you. – In the Italian vernacular, the phrase ‘casa mia’ is loosely translated as ‘my home’ that makes ‘la mia casa’ indicative of a ‘house’, simply the building where one resides. The missing article makes a big difference as it now denotes a unique place close to the heart. Casamia in Puerto Galera is the same,as it becomes home away from home. The place grows on you, especially to Italian expats who miss the taste of the cuisine known for their rich sauces and herbs. An Italian restaurant overlooking the beach reminiscent of the emerald waters of Venice, […]
– Located in the quiet nook of Talipanan Beach is Luca’s Cucina Italiana, which welcomes its visitors with a 180 degree view of the majestic sea and shoreline. Built by Ms. Sheila and her husband Luca, who hails from Bologna Italy, they made a home for adventurers and wanderlusts in a quaint Italian restaurant combining the style of the Filipino nipa hut and presumably Tuscan architecture. Only five minutes away from White Beach through local transport, the open restaurant features a hotel, together with the view, and offers the best location for beach bathing one can enjoy. – – – It is a party plate with mussels, shrimp, and squid, […]
This comeback from the 90s has a few new tricks up their sleeves. The moment you enter the second floor of the Antel 2000 Building, you will instantly see (and smell!) Il Ponticello. – REBIRTH TO THE 21st CENTURY. A more minimalistic logo for the new Il Ponticello. (Photo from EricJaz Foodies) – Il Ponticello is an Italian restaurant that has been operational since the 1990s. With the changing times and in hopes of rising to popularity again, the restaurant tweaked their menu up with new pizza and pasta dishes. Sure enough, in 2014, Il Ponticello started to gain much attention and has been dubbed as one of Makati’s hidden […]
Love pizza but looking for something different from the usual brick-oven pizza? Roll on down to C’Italian’s at L’Ermitage Bldg, in Leviste St., cor. Toledo St., in Salcedo, Makati and try their panizzas! – ROLLED UP AND READY! Panizza prepared for your hungry self. – Panizza is made of soft and thin dough, which is very popular in Italy. Instead of munching on it upon its arrival to your table, you have to perform specific steps in order to enjoy it. First, you grab a slice from the horizontally sliced panizza. Second, grab a good amount of arugula and alfalfa and position it nicely on your panizza. Lastly, roll your […]
Puerto Galera in Mindoro is a great and easy getaway place for the weekend. It’s close, it has world-renowned beaches, water sports for the adventurous junkies, and it has excellent dining options that could rival other beach destinations in terms of taste and prices. One of the most popular restaurants here in Puerto Galera is Luca’s Cucina Italia. Not only is it known for its delicious Italian culinary fare, it’s also known for its scenic location. Luca’s Cucina Italia The restaurant is open-air and simply constructed with wooden materials, giving it a distinctly Filipino vibe. Diners are blessed witha scenic view of Talipanan Beach, which is the nicest and most […]
If Maginhawa Street in Quezon City is something you’ve yet to be familiar with, it’s important to figure out where the crowd goes. Granted that you want to discover restaurant gems of your own when you’re just starting out, the vastness of the crowd is a good gauge of whether a restaurant has a good reputation or not. Friuli Tratorria happens to be one of those places that’s guaranteed to be packed on weekdays and especially weekends, and that’s for good reason. The trattoria is a checkered-tablecloth casual restaurant that serves Italian food in big portions with non-exorbitant price tags, which may be why college students and yuppies frequent it […]
At the busy street of Shaw in Mandaluyong, finding a restaurant like Cantina Sicilianita is comparable to unearthing a gem. The restaurant is low-key on the outside, bearing a colorful sign, but inside, it’s an entirely different world. Inspired by a trip to Sicily, Chef Mark Buhain trained in Italy and created Cantina Sicilianita as a tribute to the region of Sicily. On top of Cantina Sicilianita’s menu is Arancini, saffron risotto balls stuffed with pancetta ragu that are coated and fried, followed by Pasta Siciliano, Cantina’s rendition of the pesto pasta of basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese with tomatoes for that extra tang. Pesto Siciliano […]
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…until you’ve had a dish or two from this joint! —– Named after fictional character Rocky Balboa, the restaurant serves comfort American-Italian food in a fancy, country Italian home setting, embellished with dark blue walls and gold-framed paintings. Good starters would be an order of Mozarella Cheese with Marinara Sauce and classic Potato Wedges, which are trinkled generously with bechamel, mozarella, parmigiano regiano and bits of pancetta for a meaty touch. Highly recommended for their handmade pasta, Balboa also serves a variety of pasta and sauces such as Shrimp and Sausage Spaghettini, Fresh Spinach Tagliatelle with Praws and Tomato Cream Sauce, Truffle Mushroom Linguine […]
Located in Bel-Air, Makati, Caruso Ristorante Italiano is a restaurant that promises to deliver the taste of authentic Italian cuisine without you having to leave the Philippines. To be able to cook only the best quality dishes, all their ingredients are fresh and imported straight from Italy. Primer recommends Tritico di Pasta Terra (PHP 790) which includes Tagliatelle alla crema di tartufo e Parm ham (Home made tagliatelle with truffle cream and Parma ham), Ravioloniu emiliani ripieni, al burro e salvia (Home made ravioloni with spinach, ricotta cheese, butter and sage) and Garganelli ai funghi dell ‘Ossala (Home made garganelli in mushroom porcini sauce). An extensive selection of wines is available […]
Daniele’s is an Italian establishment located between a lapida-maker and the TransOrient building. This hole-in-the-wall can be quite easy to miss. Once along Sucat Road, one must drive a little past Grami Hotel going towards Baclaran, and look out for the yellow-painted exterior and the signage hanging overhead. – Ravioli Truffle Cream – Once inside you will be greeted by a spacious, warmly-lit dining area and the unmistakable scent of fresh olives. The enthusiastic owner, Mr. Daniele Bellini, will lead you to your table himself. Just the eclectic decor of various knick-knacks and paintings are worth the visit. Daniele is a former paparazzi, and his intriguing photos of life and celebrities […]
An Italian restaurant located at the heart of Eastwood Galileo is really popular among locals. If you see the restaurant crowded, expect that there are a lot of wine orders placed. The wine offered is not limited to Italian. Each is carefully selected. Their Pinot noir is the most popular. It costs P1,245 per bottle. The wine selection is made to match the dishes offered. The ingredients for their food menu like olive oil, spices, ham and cheese are imported from Italy. The salami and ham with cheese tastes moderately salty and is best matched with wine because it’s not too dry. Another popular dish is the risotto con porcini (photo […]
From Angeles City, Pampanga, C’Italian Dining is popularly known as the origin of panizza. A creation of My Kitchen‘s Chef Chris Locher, panizza is a combination of panini and pizza. It is this delicious thin crust pizza sliced into strips. The right way to eat a panizza is by getting a strip and roll it with arugula and alfalfa sprouts. Original Panizza. KRISTINA(P810) C’Italian Dining in Ortigas offers delicious and authentic Italian cuisines as well. INSALATA CAPRESE (P540) – healthy salad which resembles the colors of the flag of Italy. SPAGHETTI CON FRUTTI DI MARE (P710) SLOW ROASTED LAMB RIBS IN AROMATIC SPICE RUB (P1,100/ two) C’Italian Dining in Ortigas […]
A very popular shop that has been featured in numerous food blog sites, Angel’s Kitchen boasts its cozy atmosphere as well as the comfort food with a twist. Make sure to try the unlimited serving of Melba Chips and Chicken Pate with Pistacchios. Their signature dish is the Original Pinakbet Rice with Lechon Kawali and Chocolate bagoong (sauteed pinakbet vegetables with rice topped with chocolate bagoong and fried lechon kawali). One can also try their Longganisa Bolognese (pasta with ground pork, chorizo bits, spices, tomato sauce) and the Soft-shell Crab with Mango Dressing (Romaine lettuce, fried softshell crab, apple, cucumber, mango dressing). Softshell Crab with Mango Dressing(P348) Original Pinakbet Rice […]
Bono Artisanal Gelato is a Filipino brand that boasts of serving authentic, artisanal Italian gelato that taste like no other. As their tagline suggests, all gelato is made from the finest all-natural ingredients, sourced from different parts of the world. They don’t add anything artificial and “unreal.” The process, however, takes days to finish. They use pozzetto cabinets as storage because it can preserve a constant temperature and ensure the least amount of air and light contamination. They make it daily and traditionally, like how it is done in Italy where the gelato originated. Now, there’s no need to go to Italy just to have a scoop of the […]
Sink your teeth into one of Motorino’s pizza anytime of the day. The famous pizzeria located on the 2nd floor of Greenbelt is really worth the detour. SALUMI PLATE. Coppa Ham, Proscuitto, Salame, and Bread (P425) Declared by the New York Times as the “City’s Best Pizza,” Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana is the brain child of Chef Matthieu Palombino. His passion for pizza was developed during his travels to Naples in Italy. Studying the art of making pizza from the original century-old artisans in Naples, Chef Palombino perfected the art and developed what is one of the best pizzas in the world today. With Motorino’s prefect charred crust and flavorful ingredients, […]
Because of the rave reviews received by their main branch in Katipunan, Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza opened another branch in the heart of Salcedo Village, Makati early this year. Owned by Filipino food entrepreneurs Jutes and Cello Templo and named after their son, this Neapolitan style restaurant offers only the freshest pizzas carefully and individually baked in brick ovens. They use their own kesong puti (white cheese)made with milk from the Philippine Carabao Institute. For a small restaurant in Bautista near Tordesillas Street, Gino’s is surprisingly packed with customers. Customers line up outside and have their orders placed in advance, especially during peak hours. Once you take your seat inside though, […]
Mama Lou’s is an Italian restaurant located in the residential area of B.F. International, Las Pinas. Their authentic Italian cuisine is famous among the local residents. This home restaurant is owned by a French Canadian and his late wife, whom the place was named after. Now, it is managed by their daughter, Crystal Tremblay, and his partner David Sison. Pizza and pasta are well-known in the menu. The secret to the strong aroma of their pizza and baked lasagna is the way dishes are made which is using the traditional brick-oven. It is recommended to try Mama Lou’s Special pizza topped with prosciutto ham, mango, and mozzarella cheese in rich […]
If you are looking for a place where you could eat affordable Italian cuisine, with a casual setting, why not go to Grappa’s? This restaurant is located on the second floor of Greenbelt 3. Thanks to Grappa’s Filipino staffs, not only customers can enjoy good food, they can also enjoy a hospitable and fun atmosphere. Furthermore, it also has a bar counter where you can enjoy a generous amount of Italian wine. Pizza is this restaurant’s recommended dish, which you can actually witness being prepared by the chef in the open kitchen. Peperonata is a pizza that has cheese, green peppers, salami, etc, and once you eat this pizza, you’ll […]
Italianni already has 8 stores in Metro Manila and the popular branches of it are located in major shopping malls, which are patronized by local Filipinos. This vibrant restaurant serves dishes with great quantity that is perfect for group meals. Pizza and Pasta is Italianni’s main dish, plus, Primer recommends that customers should try out its salad. Italianni uses fruits, which are simply unique and can be found in the Philippines, for its dressing. Mango and pomelo (a kind of citrus fruit) are some of those fruits. In addition, if it’s your or your friend’s birthday, why not celebrate it in here so you could hear a special birthday song […]
In the luxurious 5-star hotel Dusit Thani, Makati, you can find Tosca, an Italian restaurant named after the famous opera of Giacomo Puccini that was screened during the early 1900’s in Italy. Tosca has an elegant interior that is designed by award-winning decorators. This restaurant exudes a warm and friendly atmosphere that you will surely love, along with its authentic Italian food and wine. Since Tosca has some private rooms, business meals and special events can be held in here.
Paparazzi is an Italian restaurant located on the 2nd floor of EDSA Shangri- La Hotel. This restaurant always uses fresh ingredients and has a modern interior. Its Lunch Set Menu is affordable so it is highly recommended! In addition, Paparazzi’s pasta can be cooked according to the customer’s preference, so, if ever you want to try out its pasta, feel free to talk to the waiters.
Pepato Cibo di M is located in Greenbelt 2. It is a restaurant that has a new, unique Italian style and visited by a lot of western customers. Its name PEPATO means “pepper” and “exciting” in Italian. As its name suggests, Pepato serves food that is always surprising. Papardelle Onion Cream with Red Eggs (P350) is a rich pasta dish with white sauce. What’s more, the saltiness of the red eggs intensifies the taste of the white sauce. The ‘jumbo clam’ called Angel Wings (P395) is just simply grilled and has a moderate salty flavor. Chilean Seabass La Sorpressa (P800), on the other hand, is this restaurant’s recommended main dish. This […]
Feel free to enjoy this restaurant’s Italian cuisine. For starters, you can enjoy its Cold Cutlet, Pumpkin Soup and Salad, then for the main course, try out Bravo’s Pizza and Pasta that will surely deliver the taste of Italy to you. Also, to further enjoy your elegant meal, why not drink a glass of wine with it. Margarita Pizza (Small, P160/ Large, P270) is Bravo’s best dish. It has tomato, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and oregano. The appetizing Spaghetti Gamberri (2- 3 people per serving, P335/ P635) is a meal with plenty of shrimps, tomatoes, and garlic.
Whenever we hear the word ‘steakhouse,’ we tend to imagine an American atmosphere. However, in Makati, there is a chic, Italian-style steakhouse named Bistecca. It offers rib-eye and T-bone steaks along with appetizers and pasta. The tender and flavorful 1-kg red meat steak that Bistecca offers can be enjoyed by 2 to 3 persons. This restaurant also offers a wide variety of wines which is Php 1,000 per bottle.
Ill Gallo Nero serves homemade pizza that uses plenty of bacon and cheese which are even ordered from Italy and baked in a stone oven. The pasta is also a must-try because it’s one of the favorites of the regulars in here. Moreover, the fresh air in Tagaytay even makes the Ill Gallo Nero’s food more delicious. Pipo, the owner of this restaurant, has been living in Tagaytay for 7 years. Together with his wife, he is also managing a farm in the Alphonse Hotel where you can also do horse-back riding.
Aresi is an Italian restaurant that is located in the middle of the Boardwalk. It offers 8 kinds of California wine (P900- 1 bottle) that you can enjoy while savoring Aresi’s delicious meals. Their seafood lasagna (P265) is the recommended meal in this restaurant. Fresh seafood, which is caught from Subic, is abundantly used in this dish together with creamy cheese. The crispy pizzas that this restaurant offers have an authentic Italian flavor! *** RECOMMENDED DISHES Their seafood salad (P295) is finely chopped. Their seafood pesto lasagna (P265) is the favorite dish among the locals. The devilled Chicken Italiano (P365) is grilled chicken with fresh tomatoes.
L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano is an Italian restaurant that creates dishes that will leave you lost for words. Even executives, who know delicious restaurant spots in Makati, guarantee that this restaurant offers dishes with high-quality taste. The Crespella ala Funghien Tartufo (P550) is this restaurant’s bestseller for 12 years. The aroma of black truffle, the rich flavor of its thick cream, and its tasty ham spreads in your mouth once you eat it. L’Incontro also offers a P1000+ (for a minimum of 40 people) buffet meals that are commonly acquired for farewell dinners for colleagues. This restaurant is also a perfect romantic venue for those couples who want to create an everlasting date.
Because of its unforgettable homemade pasta and sauce, Caruso has been patronized by a lot of people. This restaurant also has 3 varieties of pasta with different flavors you can compare with each other. Risotto and pizza are the main dishes of Caruso that always come in big servings. Caruso is a restaurant that is perfect for different occasions, such as a couple having their romantic date or just friends hanging out. There is also an available room for smokers.