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Leaving the Cannoli at Cantina Sicilianita


eave the gun, take the cannoli.”  Classic line.  In this case, we chose to leave the cannoli because of the overall experience.  But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Cantina Sicilianita had everything going for them.  They had this small, uncompromisingly good vibe about them.  And like any Sicilian would tell you, they’re not Italian cuisine even if the flavors ... Read More »

L’Incontro Ristorante Italiano: My Best Italian Meal… By Far


his won’t sound new but I’ve been passing by L’Incontro everyday for 3 years and I’ve never gone in.  I’m serious.  And it’s not like I haven’t heard about it.  It’s just every time I pass on my way home, I just keep thinking “I want to go home!”  Especially after pretending to work (and stealing paychecks) after a hard ... Read More »

Il Ponticello Cafe Ristorante


while back, I was invited to a despedida/birthday dinner of one of my old colleagues.  I would’ve highlighted and underlined the word “old” but I still feel grateful for this meal.  I can’t believe that having worked 3 years in the area, I’ve never stepped foot inside Il Ponticello before.  Actually, I can believe it.  That place is expensive!  At ... Read More »

Isabelo Garden Restaurant: Marikina Road Trip for Our 2011 Reunion


very year, my high school buddies and I meet up at least once a year.  It’s usually a Christmas / year-ender get-together and we almost always opt for some sort of a buffet meal.  I wanted something different this year and Isabelo Garden was a place that I’ve been hearing constantly.  My cousin was telling me it was the best ... Read More »

Gotti’s Ristorante: Food Sale Gone Bad


K, I know this is a pretty late entry since the Food Sale in Megamall was ended about 3 weeks ago.  But yeah, Megamall had a Food Sale for that weekend and it was really the reason why we went there.  Unfortunately, it was almost like a big scam.  So being the cheap bastard that I am, it took quite ... Read More »

Serious Slices Over at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza


’m like Michaelangelo.  You know the one with the orange face mask who fights with nunchakus?  THAT Michaelangelo. Because I love pizza!  I’ve heard about Gino’s for quite some time now and what really convinced me about this place were the words “brick” and “oven.”  PLUS, they’re featured and active on Serious Eats’ Slice!  I didn’t want to go back ... Read More »

Cibo: The Mall Temptation


hate shopping! Really. You’re walking around the mall, there’s nothing to look at, things are pretty expensive nowadays, and then your back gives out on you.  It really makes walking around the mall a drag. Suddenly, you pass by the shops and there’s this fragrant smell coming out one of the spaces. Makes you go, “Damn, I want that!”  So ... Read More »

Va Bene Pasta Deli


love my fresh pasta!  It’s one of the things I loved about Bistro Ravioli and it’s one of the things that excited me about coming to Va Bene.  A reunion with my college buddies was a great excuse to brave the Makati traffic. First of all, they have a shitty location.  It’s located inside a gas station that charges for ... Read More »

Bistro Ravioli


here are only 4 words you need to know here: fresh, pasta, brick, oven.  I know what you’re thinking: I’ve had some pretty good pizza and pasta before, does it really make a difference?  Yes, it does, my friend. Yes. It. Does. There are some advocates of dry pasta out there and they have their own compelling arguments for it, ... Read More »

Amici: Please Don’t Sell Out


ontrary to what we think, a mark of a great cook is not how creative he / she is.  It’s not just about being able to whip out the best recipes.  It’s all about being consistent.  Each time you visit, the taste and the emotion of every bite should be the same It’s all about execution, execution, execution! Amici originally ... Read More »

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