Read first: ARIA Mania in Manila? We love trying out new restaurants, but there are times when we want to revisit places that we’ve been to simply because they’re yummy. One of our favorite Italian places in Boracay and in Manila is Aria because of the delicious pizza, pasta and salad combinations. Recently, they added innovative … Continue reading ARIA CUCINA ITALIANA (Revisited): Our ARIA Favorites and Kids’ Menu @AriaCucina
MAD FOR GARLIC is a Korean restaurant specializing in garlicky Italian cuisine, franchised by the Global Resto group. They say this was the original inspiration of a localized resto concept called Krazy Garlik. For Garlic enthusiasts and Spicy food lovers, this is the place to be — guaranteed to give you a garlicky breath finish. … Continue reading MAD FOR GARLIC Philippines: Italian-Korean Wine Resto (and Garlic Breath) @MadforGarlicPH
GRACE PARK is Margarita Fores‘ much-anticipated farm-to-table Italian restaurant in One Rockwell in Makati. It is named after her paternal grandmother Angie Geronimo Forés’ home in Grace Park, Caloocan (the former Elpo rubber shoes compound). The concept is inspired by similar farm-to-table, slow-cooking restos in the US (like ABC Kitchen, Vinegar Hill House, and Joseph Leonard). A … Continue reading GRACE PARK: Farm-to-Table Organic Restaurant by Margarita Fores
FINESTRA is the authentic Italian restaurant of Solaire Resort. One of four signature restaurants there, it boasts beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the Manila Bay and the Solaire pool. Finestra is well-named, given that it means ‘windows’ in Italian. We just came from a recent food trip of the Veneto region in Italy, … Continue reading FINESTRA: The Finest Taste of Italy in Manila! @SolaireResort
Cantina Sicilianita is a quaint Italian cafe inspired by Mark Buhain’s travels to Sicily in Italy. All we know about Sicily is that it is the place of the Mafia and only the adventurous tourists choose to explore the island. Mark, a 3rd-generation family member of the Rex Bookstore empire, was so impressed with Sicily … Continue reading CANTINA SICILIANITA – A Taste of Sicily in Manila?
(Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie’s Cheat Sheet) UTT X: Rockwell Winner #3: VILLA DEL CONTE 4.15 152 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it! 105 foodies rated 4- I love it! 54 foodies rated 3- We had a good time. 24 foodies rated 2- It is OK. 0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better. … Continue reading VILLA DEL CONTE’s Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Chips & Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream Filling
ARIA was the talk of the town when it first opened in D’Mall Boracay in 2003. Foodies raved about its homemade pasta and wood-fire oven pizzas (see: Top5 Bora Restos!, and What’s New in Boracay in 2010?). After 9 years, it finally opened its doors in Manila. 🙂 We’re curious to know if it would create … Continue reading ARIA Mania in Manila?
Chef Chris Locher, the man behind the popular C’ Italian Dining in Angeles, Pampanga, has finally opened a restaurant in Manila! A lot of foodies are quite excited about this latest development. It is named My Kitchen by Chef Chris, and it replaces the Barramundi Restaurant of The Oasis Hotel in Paco Park. Yes, you … Continue reading My Kitchen by Chef Chris Locher
Update Sept 2014: Check out the 2nd branch VA BENE Pasta Deli by Chef Massimo Veronesi @ BGC Cinemas! We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this Italian restaurant. According to Makati foodies, the “Best Italian Restaurant” in the area is hidden inside a Petron Gas Station. We wanted to eat there after hearing mass … Continue reading Va Bene Pasta Deli @ Petron – Best Authentic Italian Pasta Place in Makati!
Filipinos just love pizza. It’s a good thing then that Manila is now being invaded by international pizza franchises (i.e. Papa John’s) and different pizza concepts (like a Pizza Bar, etc.). We love pizza, too, but we like the old-school Italian pizzas — cooked with love in traditional brick ovens. We are starting to check … Continue reading Daniele’s Casa Mia Italian Restaurant – Bellini’s of the South