Showing posts with label Italian food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Italian food. Show all posts

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Il Ristorante di Antonio, Antipolo City

We've always promoted the city that we call our home - Antipolo. There are lots of places to go to around the city and these include restaurants like those along Sumulong Highway as well as those you will find only in Antipolo like Vieux Chalet, Marison's and Abuela's. For this post, I would like to feature an Italian restaurant, Il Ristorante di Antonio, which is located at a building along the L. Sumulong Memorial Circle and across from the Unciano Hospital (Hint: It's on the 2F of a building that has a Yellow Cab Pizza branch at the ground floor).

The interior for me is very homey. It is a clean, well-lighted place.
Pumpkin soup, which our daughter liked very much
Bolognese cooked and tasted the way we wanted
They had a very good Marinara
Their Quattro formaggi pizza did not disappoint
Sign at the stairs of the building

You can see their full menu and other information in their website (link provided earlier and here). There is ample parking at the building so its no hassle for people coming to dine at the resto. I believe their food is authentic Italian and fairly priced. The restaurant is definitely one I recommend for those looking to eat Italian food whenever in Antipolo.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Julia's Pasta

I discovered this "fast food" option while going around Amsterdam Central Station. A good friend actually mentioned this but I hadn't come across it while in Enschede or Arnhem. Julia's Pasta is an excellent option for people on the go who don't want the hassle of going to a restaurant to get a healthy meal. I've always thought that you can eat healthy if only the available choices where to get your meal would only exert a bit more effort in providing these options. Julia's, I think, does just that.

They had what looked like freshly made pastas and sauces, and herbs that went into each box of pasta order ready to be plucked from the metal pots.
The staff were engaging and they seem to have everything available for a quick healthy meal for people on the go.
The box reminded me of Chinese food takeouts.
Fresh arugula!
I took my takeout with me back to the hotel where I enjoyed my food while sorting through my loot for the day. I highly recommend Julia's over sit-down restaurants, especially the fancy ones, for travelers/tourists who would likely be traveling on a budget. Its good, healthy food that's wallet-friendly. I wish we had more options like this in Manila though I'm sure there are many holes-in-the-wall types or "aristo-carts" offering good food choices as well. 

Note: I'm sure there are those who would have a different opinion about Julia's but then understand where I am coming from. Good food in Manila is usually associated with pricey restaurants and not all "artisto-carts" or informal food sources/stands sell healthy or even clean food.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

First dinner in Amsterdam

I did a lot of walking on my first day in Amsterdam. I had wanted to see how long it took to go back to the hotel beside Amsterdam Central Station from the Museum Quarter. It rained suddenly when I was midway to the hotel and so I had to do some evasive maneuvers as I only had my coat and wasn't able to bring my umbrella. I had thought about having an early dinner in a restaurant or cafe along the way but every place seemed to be too crowded for me. 

And so I rushed back to the hotel and decided to just eat there as the weather deteriorated and what was a strong drizzle developed into something short of a downpour. While there were certainly options for me at the station, I just decided to stay put and eat at the hotel's restaurant. They had a limited menu but that was enough for me as I really didn't feel like being adventurous or something for my meal. That being said, I ended up ordering a pizza and 7-Up. I took my time in eating while watching trains go by (yes, like the song).

Pizza and soft drink for dinner
Yes, that's one of the platforms of the Amsterdam Central Station in the background. The restaurant's windows give you a nice view of the platform and trains. I thought this was a nice hangout after all. There were few diners at the time including a couple of Filipinos who were on vacation (lucky them!) based on what I've overheard in their conversation. [They were a bit loud so I can't help but hear what they were saying.] I went back to my room satisfied with my meal and ready to get some rest from all the travel, including much walking, I did that day.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pasqualino's Ristorante Italiano

A highlight of my recent travel to Tacloban is going to this Italian restaurant located on top of a hill not in Tacloban but in the town of Sta. Rita in the nearby island of Samar. It wasn't difficult to go there as Samar and Leyte are connected by the San Juanico Bridge, and it was just minutes away from where we were already doing fieldwork so we "didn't mind" going out of the way to have a good meal.

Tables are set around the pool and there's a more private area that should be good for meetings or dates.
Restaurant lobby or foyer - this was probably what used to be the receiving or living area for the house. The decor reminds us of the Christmas season that ended last Sunday with the Feast of the Epiphany that is more popularly known as "Three Kings".
An infinity pool and breathtaking views of the San Juanico Strait
Bar and kitchen with the Christmas Tree and reindeer

Entrance to the restaurant - guests may wait here or maybe take some photos of the splendid views including those with the San Juanico Bridge.
Coconut water from the shell
Their version of one of my favorite pastas - prosciutto and porcini mushrooms
Their best-selling pizza is "Everything and Prosciutto" and I must say that it is a "must try"
Fresh salad
Meat platter

Pasqualino's is owned by the same family behind Giuseppe's at the corner of Del Pilar and Veteranos in the Tacloban downtown. The food is great and the prices won't punch a hole in your wallet or pocket. Servings are generous and the service is also good. You just can't go here quite frequently though so perhaps Giuseppe's is the place for you if you're in downtown Tacloban.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Gabriele Italian Restaurant, Tiendesitas

After our daughter's regular check-up at The Medical City, we decided to have lunch along the way home at Tiendesita's. There's a very good Italian restaurant there that we usually go to whenever we are there and we want to eat. Italian food is always a good option if you have a good place to eat at. Gabriele is one such place where you can enjoy Italian food.

Gabriele is located at Tiendesita's along C5 at one corner of the building across from the SM Hypermart

Customers can opt for the couch especially if they are having coffee (perhaps merienda?) or some light meals
They have a small bar and you can get drinks if you're not up to heavier fare. They have a good selection of wines and spirits.
Table for two? I guess the restaurant is perfect for dates. Nothing fancy, just good Italian food that's priced so it won't hurt your pocket.
Their version of aglio olio has fresh tomatoes and is a delight to the palate
Pesto just the way we like it; a vegetarian option
They also have really good pizza and you can select 2 flavors for the pizza so you get to enjoy some variety


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Va Bene Pasta Deli, Bonifacio High Street

Rather than dwell on the sadness brought upon by news of the demise of a beloved aunt, I've decided to write about a recent lunch experience. I find writing to provide some healing as it helps me think about lighter topics. And the mental exercise I get from it also provides me with a more focused mind that keeps the sad thoughts away.

Looking for a place to have lunch at the Bonifacio High Street one Saturday after our daughter's play school, we ended up at the Central Square where there were also restaurants mostly at the top (cinema) floor. The Clairvoyant quickly saw Va Bene, which was familiar to her and it wasn't so difficult for us to decide to eat there once we saw their menu just outside their door. There were also many other people eating there despite us arriving towards the end of what is typically the lunch hour. Most were foreigners, families actually, and so we took that as an indication that the food must be good.

We were already so hungry that we thought about taking photos after we had already eaten some of the food that we ordered. They make their own pasta (thus the 'fresh' tag in their menu) so that was probably one of the reasons the pastas we ordered were flavorful and having just the right texture (definitely not soggy nor hard as if it weren't cooked properly).

Bianca pizza - this looks thick but isn't heavy as an appetizer. The cheese blended really well with the honey and the crust was the right crunchy
Parma ham with greens, cantaloupe melon and shaved pecorino - we didn't expect the serving to be so generous considering parma ham wasn't cheap to begin with
Potato gnocchi - the Clairvoyant enjoyed this very much and so did our daughter who continues to surprise us with what she likes to eat. I was expecting her to like the bolognese more than this dish.
Bolognese tagliatelle this is perhaps one of the best bolognese I have tasted

Va Bene offers high quality food and the prices make it good value for your pockets or wallets. Located at the cinema level of Central Square at the end of Bonifacio High Street, it is away from the other, stand alone restaurants along High Street. It's not really a secret that its there but perhaps its location keeps it from being too crowded. We are definitely keeping this on our list of restaurants we should eat at again sometime soon.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Comfort food: Homemade Prosciutto a Tartufo pasta

I continue February with another comfort food feature. Among what we consider as comfort food is prosciutto a tartufo pasta. We like to order this at Italian restaurants in rotation with our other favorites pesto and aglio olio pasta. I like the versions by Italiannis and Amici but I am sure there other equally if not better versions in other Italian-themed restaurants here. The Clairvoyant got the recipe on the internet and has been trying not really to replicate the versions we've tasted but come up with our home version of the dish. Here are photos of what we enjoyed one day during the Christmas break last year. This version is cream-based instead of olive oil-based.

A tray of prosciutto a tartufo using the remaining spiral and penne pasta we had at home
A close up of the dish showing the creamy pasta and the prosciutto
The wife usually gets some prosciutto from Santi's, Rustan's or other delis that we thought had good quality meat products. These are also where we get our salamis and sausages that we also use for pastas or, in the case of sausages, for sandwiches and for grilling.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mantellassi San Giuseppe Morellino Di Scansano 2013

I bought three bottles of wine last July the one time I was able to find the Bacchus wine shop in Alabang. One of the bottles was an Italian red wine that was their feature for the month - Mantellassi San Giuseppe Morellino Di Scansano (that was a mouthful!). I tried the wine at the shop and ended up drinking 3 glasses (on the house, of course) as I went about deciding on the 2 other bottles I wanted to get. The shopkeeper who was very helpful (not to mention very patient in answering my questions) in my choosing wines gave some helpful tips with this Italian wine including to let the wine breathe for about 30 minutes after opening the bottle.

This wine is young at 2013
Information about the origin region in Italy
The wine from this bottle was as good as the three bottles I consumed when I was shopping last July and the wife was also very pleased with the wine. Of course, we didn't finish the entire bottle in one go as we enjoyed a glass each for a few nights after dinner. We enjoyed the wine sometimes with cheese, sometimes with chocolate and sometimes with both. I will likely get another bottle if I ever see one somewhere. So I am posting this here to help me remember. I only regret that I wasn't able to take photos of the wine on glasses.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

North Wing, Maginhawa Street

Coming from a wake, a friend and I decided to have dinner out before we went home. This was less about the belief about pagpag and more about us hungry for a good meal. We thought we could go to one of our favorites at UP Village but it turned out to be full of people. So we ended up looking for another restaurant to eat at and ended up at an new and relatively inconspicuous restaurant. 

North Wing is part of a food court set-up where there is another stand selling drinks. Customers have good enough choices from their menu but these may not be available when you come in late (we came in around 9PM). We had to settle for dishes we were familiar with. I ordered Pesto and my friend had Pomodoro.

The menu is written on a chalkboard
Pesto and chicken
Our food was okay. Our pastas were not as good as the Italiannis or Amicis but I guess they're definitely better than canteen or cafeteria fare on campus. The prices were also friendly to the budget so students can enjoy a meal here more regularly than in other places in UP Village.


Friday, July 17, 2015

Project Pie at Fairview Terraces

Fairview Terraces offers almost entirely different restaurant options compared to the 'usual' ones you'd find at SM Fairview or Robinsons Fairview. It is a good thing especially for people who want to have something different from the usual. As we are usually in the area every other Sunday, we try to go to a different restaurant every time for lunch. This time around, we decided to go to Project Pie. 

We have been curious about the restaurant since it opened many months ago and observed many people going to the restaurant. We were usually early at the mall (we go there for lunch right after church) and so there were few people at the restaurant. We quickly familiarized ourselves with their system and decided to order several pizzas. Following are some photos we took of the interior and the pizza we ordered.

The interior of the Project Pie branch at Fairview Terraces had an industrial feel. Part of the decor is a wall containing scribbles of sayings or quotes from famous people.
You can purchase drinks at the counter that entitle you to several refills of any soft drink - their version of 'bottomless' drinks.
Another look at the industrial interior of Project Pie complete with air conditioning, drop lights and sprinklers.
Counter and staff - their staff we're helpful and knowledgeable of their products.
#1 - Classic cheese pie
#7 - Prosciutto, caramelized onions, mozzarella, parmesan
Dessert pizza - nutella and banana
#6 - Grilled chicken, sliced red onion, cilantro, mozzarella, gorgonzola, BBQ sauce
Project Pie's gimmick is to build your own pie. Hence, the term 'project'.
#2 - Pepperoni, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, mozzarella, signature red sauce and garlic
Project pie served good pizza. We thought their ingredients were high quality. Of course they won't compare with really good pizza places we've gone to abroad but here perhaps they would be at par with the regular offerings of Shakey's, Domino's and Pizza Hut, and definitely better than Greenwich or The Old Spaghetti House. Better than them would be Yellow Cab, California Pizza Kitchen (though I haven't been here for some time), Amici and Italliani's. Their dessert pie was good and I guess would be a hit with children and those who like Nutella. #6 was surprisingly very good (we ordered a second one just to be sure).

Their come-on, which is basically 'build your own pizza' is a good one but not many people would probably take on this option given the choices of pizzas that are practically ready to go. Maybe customers will just add some ingredients like pepperoni, sausage or cheese to their basic pizzas. After everything I've written about their pizzas above, Project Pie is a relatively expensive option considering the serving sizes (small thin crust pizzas). This is probably the biggest factor why we see less and less people eating there (at their Fairview Terraces branch, at least). Of course, they basically offer only pizza so they are automatically at a disadvantage against the other pizza places and especially those that are actually full Italian restaurants (Italliani's, Amici, Bellini's). I think they should do something about their pricing and expand their menu to attract more people.