August 28, 2018

Francesco’s Kitchen in San Juan City: Home of Traditional Italian Fare

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  • You now don’t need to travel to Italy to experience its rich cuisine, as the best of Europe’s cherished dishes await you here in Manila at Francesco’s Kitchen, in San Juan City.

    Francesco’s Kitchen’s in San Juan

    Francesco’s Kitchen is named after its spirited Italian chef Francesco Rizzo, who also started the business. Since July 2017, the Italian restaurant has been offering gourmet, authentic Italian must-eat dishesdeeply rooted from traditional Italian and family-and-self-developed recipesto satisfy one’s appetite for European gastronomic delights.

    Chef Francesco Rizzo

    For starters, try the Le polpette di mamma (Php 580), a serving of meatballs smothered with tomato sauce and melted parmesan cheese. The blend of cheese and tomato sauce perfectly complements the meatballs, making it tastier.

    Le polpette di mamma (Php 580)

    The Polipo alla grigila condito al salmoriglio (Php 480) is made with chargrilled octopus. The potatoes, haricot beans, and salmoriglio dressing excellently go well with the taste of seafood. Meanwhile, a taste of the Burrata con varieta di pomodori arugula, olio extra vergine d’oliva e basilico (Php 620) lets you feel the unusual soft texture of the Burrata made from mozzarella and cream.

    Polipo alla grigila condito al salmoriglio (Php 480)

    Burrata con varieta di pomodori arugula, olio extra vergine d’oliva e basilico (Php 620)

    If scallops and mushroom are your favorites, the Cappesante e Portobello, pancetta croccante, vinaigrette al tartufo (Php 580) should be one of your ordered dishes. The scallops are perfectly roasted, complementing its delicate taste with mushroom and crispy pancetta ham.

    Cappesante e Portobello, pancetta croccante, vinaigrette al tartufo (Php 580)

    Moving on to the main course, try the Casarecce con pesto e salmone (Php 540), which is a freshly made short twisted pasta with basil pesto and perfectly cooked salmon.

    Casarecce con pesto e salmone (Php 540)

    Don’t skip the Guangia di manzo brasata, con risotto affumicato al parmigiano (Php 1,080) and the famous Ossobuco in gremolada con fettucine alfredo (Php 1,080). The former is made with slowly braised beef cheek, smoked parmesan risotto, and veal shank stew with gremolada (parsley, lemon zest, and garlic), while the latter is the classic Fettucine Alfredo.

    Guangia di manzo brasata, con risotto affumicato al parmigiano  (Php 1,080) 

    Ossobuco in gremolada con fettucine alfredo  (Php 1080) 

    Complete the satisfaction with the Filetto di cernia al forno con guazzetto di vongole e fagioli bianchi al vermentino (Php 980), an oven roasted grouper with clams, white beans, and Vermentino broth.

    Filetto di cernia al forno con guazzetto di vongole e fagioli bianchi al vermentino (Php 980)

    The popular Margherita Pizza is absolutely a favorite among Italians and foreigners alike. However, Francesco’s Puttanesca Pizza (Php 580) and Parma Pizza (Php 580) are both exceptional in its taste.

    Puttanesca Pizza (Php 580)

    Parma Pizza (Php 580)

    The restaurant also offers a wide variety of signature cocktails. Their bestseller? Espresso Martini (Php 280) with the taste of Spiced Rum, Frangelico, Amadeo Liquor, and Espresso.

    Espresso Martini (Php 280)

    You can totally feel the Italian vibe with Francesco’s Kitchen’s laidback environment. The place is designed with Venetian carnival masks and other lustrous European decorations.

    The restaurant’s interior design

    Function room

    This is your go-to place for a perfect night out with your friends

    The restaurant is decorated with many Venetian carnival masks

    The place is spacious enough for the whole family

    Certainly, Francesco’s Kitchen is a fine place to appreciate Italian food and culture. Visit Francesco’s Kitchen at 863 A. Mabini St., Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan City.

                 
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