Il Gallo Nero Italian Trattoria in Royale Tagaytay Estates: A Refreshing Spot for Italian Fare
Updated as of December 4, 2019
If you are craving for Northern Italian cuisine, Alfonso Hotel’s very own in-house restaurant serves an excellent selection of Tuscan delicacies in the outskirts of Tagaytay.
Opened in 2008, just three years after Alfonso Hotel was established, Il Gallo Nero Italian Trattoria is a modest dining place where pizza-lovers can delight in al dente pizzas and pasta while appreciating the country setting and vast greeneries.
Il Gallo Nero Italian Trattoria at Alfonso Hotel
Its name’s origin is a translation of “the black rooster” in Italian, which is the symbol of Tuscany, hence the restaurant’s logo.
They are proud of their thin-crust pizzas, which are freshly-baked the Italian way.
Here, pizza-loving diners can enjoy delicious pizza choices such as their must-try Pizza Salsiccia (Php 400). This pizza is an outstanding Italian specialty topped with Italian sausage and mushrooms. It has a combination of sweet and spicy flavors that pumps up your palate.
Pizza Salsiccia (Php 400)
Another pizza to look out for is their Pizza with Anchovy (Php 430), a heavenly choice for pizza-lovers as it is garnished with bits of salty anchovy that blends well with the sweet and sour flavor of the fresh tomato sauce.
Pizza with Anchovy (Php 430)
They also have an impeccable choice of pasta to complement their pizzas such as the Puttanesca (Php 430). It is made from firm spaghetti pasta folded in fresh tomato sauce with olive oil, anchovies, capers, and garlic.
Puttanesca (Php 430)
Il Gallo Nero’s platter of Fresh Grilled Vegetables in Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Dressing (Php 370) is not only delicious to look at but is also set to pique your taste buds with its fusion of fresh and smokey flavors all in one plate.
Fresh Grilled Vegetables in Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Dressing (Php 370)
For dessert, you may opt to have a slice or two of their Homemade Carrot Cake (Php 160), a subtly sweet confection that can be paired with a glass of either House Blend Iced Tea (Php 80) or a freshly squeezed Calamansi Juice (Php 70).
Homemade Carrot Cake (Php 160)
(L-R) House Blend Iced Tea (Php 80) and Calamansi Juice (Php 70)
Exuding a true countryside vibe, Il Gallo Nero is a modest dining place with its interior decorated with brick arches, dark wooden tables, and big windows that let the cool breeze of Tagaytay in.
It is a short distance from the highway and within arm’s reach of a vast field of grass, which brings you all the cool breeze unobstructed by towering concretes.
Il Gallo Nero is about 20 minutes away from the city center but is worth the drive if the idea of dining amid a breezy and grassy countryside landscape appeals to you.
How to get here
- Alfonso Hotel’s Il Gallo Nero Italian Trattoria is located at Royale Tagaytay Estates in Alfonso, Cavite via Tagaytay-Nasugby Highway. It is 25 minutes away from Olivarez Plaza, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway.
- By car: From Olivarez Plaza, drive along Tagaytay-Nasugby Highway passing by The Original Hawaiian BBQ, RSM Lutong Bahay, and Breakfast at Antonio’s. Continue straight ahead before reaching Splendido Tagaytay. On your right is the Flying V gas station near the entrance of Royale Tagaytay Estates.
A version of this appeared in Philippine Primer Japanese and English September 2017 and December 2019 issues
Words and photos by Deneca Ordinanza