Showing posts with label pizza. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pizza. 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.

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.

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.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

DeSano Pizza Bakery

Our niece Kate recently tagged us in photos showing them eating again at their favorite Italian place in Los Angeles. DeSano Pizza Bakery is located just across the street and a few minutes walk from our niece's and her husband's home in LA. Our cousins (Kate's parents) live nearby and so it was a short drive from our "home" in LA to the restaurant. The restaurant more than lived up for the hype our cousins built towards our dining there. I would personally say that it's so far the best pizza I've eaten. Of course, I haven't been to Italy so my readers should excuse my assessment.

The pizza-bakery was founded in 1889
The menu is displayed at the counter upon entry to the restaurant.
There are four ovens in the restaurant - one each for the type of pizza. One also notices the ingredients for their offerings stacked near the spacious kitchen for everyone to see. These are also actually for sale for anyone who would want to try replicating their pastas and pizzas.
The chef and his staff were very busy at the popular restaurant. It is an open kitchen so patrons/customers get to see how their food are made.
DeSano's Napoletana
Close-up of our terrific Napoletana pizza
They had two large TVs; one showing NBA games and another football matches. There were jerseys of popular football teams on display on the wall - Barcelona, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Liverpool
DeSano's Lasagna pizza is a favorite of our niece
We also had Gelato for dessert but I have yet to download the photos taken by the wife and our cousins. We look forward to our next visit to DeSano and, of course, Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Domino's Pizza

We were not decided on what to have for lunch one lazy Saturday after watching a movie. We were walking around the mall near our home when we spotted what we thought was a newly opened branch of Domino's Pizza. I say so because it turned out that the branch opened a few months ago and it seemed to us that we had not gone around the mall for some time now, going there only for our groceries or a quick stop at the Handyman store. The decision for lunch became much easier as we reminisced the pizzas we ordered from Domino's during our college days. The Clairvoyant in particular had fond memories of ordering pizza during her bar review days.

Choco lava cake

We also got our Domino's card so we could have some credits and freebies whenever we ordered. This could be handy should we have some guests over at home and there is a clamor for pizza. We also got the direct line to the branch near our home so we could bypass their call center and more quickly get our pizza delivered.