Let’s Go EATalian: More Italian Restaurants in Manila to Visit
Whether it’s pizza, pasta, or risotto, Italian food is loved by everyone. In fact, it’s one of the most popular cuisine in the world, with countless people singing high praises about its simplicity, freshness, and deliciousness.
And with so many Italian restaurants popping left and right in Manila, we’ve listed eight of the best places to get Italian food. Go check these joints out and find out how legit they are!
Salvatore Cuomo & Bar
D.O.C. Pizza / IMAGE from Salvatore Cuomo & Bar
A restaurant brand with over 100 stores in Japan and other parts of Asia, Salvatore Cuomo & Bar is the place to go if you’re looking for authentic Neapolitan pizza, a kind of pizza made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The D.O.C. Pizza, the restaurant’s take on this classic is so good, it has won an award in an international pizza-making contest. Aside from pizzas, this ristorante also serves a wide array of Italian favorites such as Fettuccine ai Scamp, Zuppa di Pesce, and Tagliata di Manzo.
Salvatore Cuomo & Bar is located at G/F, Uptown Parade, 9th Ave. cor. 38th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For reservations and inquiries, contact 0921-698-7938／2-7946-3073. You may also check it out on Facebook and Instagram.
La Nuova Pasteleria
Concorde Cake / IMAGE from La Nuova Pasteleria
Opened in 1978 initially as a Pasteleria selling pastries and short order food, La Nuova Pasteleria eventually became a full-scale restaurant in 1995, which secured their helm as the neighborhood staple for quality food. Since then, it has been serving upscale diners with some of the best risotto, pasta, and pizzas you can find this side of Makati. Try the restaurant’s Concorde Cake, a stunning chocolate meringue cake, if you want a delightfully decadent dessert.
La Nuova Pasteleria is located at San Antonio Plaza, 15 McKinley Rd, Fobres Park, Makati. For reservations and inquiries, contact 02-8817-8568／ 0927-2207898. You may also check it out on Instagram.
Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino con Vongole / IMAGE from Philippine Primer
Ponte Rialto Ristorante Italiano is a casual-fine dining restaurant at the Venice Grand Canal Mall that serves a wide variety of authentic Italian food, made with imported Italian ingredients. Examples of its best-sellers are Carpaccio di Manzo (sliced raw beef with arugula and cheese), Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino con Vongole ( Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, chili, and clam), and Ossobuco di Vitello Alla Milanese (Milanese-style veal shank).
Ponte Rialto Ristorante Italiano is located at Venice Grand Canal Mall, McKinley Hill Dr, 1634 Taguig. For reservations and inquiries, contact 0917-707-4800. You may also check it out on Facebook.
Ossobucco / IMAGE from Franceso’s
Perfect for both gatherings and dates, Franceso’s is home to a wide selection of pasta, pizzas, and other regional specialties. Try their take on Ossobuco, a Lombardi cuisine of veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine, and broth. Here, it is served with gremolada and fettuccine alfredo.
Come visit Franceso’s at 863 A. Mabini St., Brgy. Addition Hills, San Juan City. For reservations and inquiries, contact 02-8777-9777／0917-144-4395. You may also check it out on Facebook and Instagram.
Spaghetti Carbonara Alla Mamma Mia / IMAGE from Philippine Primer
Located at Uptown Mall in BGC, Mamma Mia is designed to be a “one-stop shop” where you can have Italian dishes that go well with both morning and late night drinks. Try its porchetta, the Italian’s answer to our very own lechon, and Spaghetti Carbonara Alla Mamma Mia, a spaghetti dish with parmesan cheese, black pepper, and pancetta.
Mamma Mia is located at G/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig. For reservations and inquiries, contact 0966-663-7803／02-8541-8933. You may also check it out on Facebook and Instagram.
Spinach and Artichoke Pizza and Seafood Pasta / IMAGE from Pizulu
From the minds behind Aperitif, Pizulu is an upscale pizza and pasta joint in BGC that sells premium pizzas and pasta. With 14 types of pizza and seven kinds of pasta to choose from, Pizulu makes sure you’ll never get tired of their offerings. Try its best-selling Pizulu’s Four Cheese Pizza and Spinach and Artichoke Pizza for starters. You may also order additional truffle honey sauce and Italian Burrata cheese as extra topping to your pizza. It delivers within Metro Manila and select areas in Rizal, Cavite, Bulacan, and Laguna.
Visit Pizulu at 8 Forbestown Road Condominium, Taguig. For reservations and inquiries, contact 0917-127 2548. You may also check it out on Facebook and Instagram.
The European Diner
Linguine alla Pescador / IMAGE from The European Diner
As the name implies, The European Diner is a restaurant at BGC’s Uptown Mall serving Italian, Spanish, and Greek dishes. We recommend you try its Linguine alla Pescador, an Italian pasta dish topped with seafood and creamy sauce. To those who are looking for a hearty meal, get the Paella de Carne, the famous Valencian paella served with chicken, chorizo, braised beef.
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The European Diner is located at Ground Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For reservations and inquiries, contact 0927-762-3906. You may also check it out on Facebook and Instagram.
Galileo Enoteca Deli and Restaurant
Vongole Pasta / IMAGE from Galileo Enoteca Deli and Restaurant
Galileo Enoteca Deli and Restaurant is a hole-in-the-wall ristoranti in Mandaluyong that specializes in traditional Italian dishes. Try its Risotto Pescatora, a seafood risotto made with arborio rice, squid, mussel, and shrimps. For pasta lovers, get Vongole Pasta, a hearty pasta dish topped with clams with a briny flavor profile. It also sells imported wines, cheese, cold cuts, and other delicatessen.
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Check out Galileo Enoteca Deli and Restaurant at 80 Calbayog Street Corner Malinao Street 1550 Mandaluyong. For reservations and inquiries, contact 02-8532-0482／02-8534-4633. You may also check it out on Facebook and Instagram.