Italian Food Crawl in Ortigas starts now!
Calling out all pasta lovers out there, it is time to do a food crawl and this time it’s going to be in Ortigas. Sure, you’ll go ooh and aah as we list some of the best Italian whereabouts you must try on your next food trip.
Italian dishes are not only appealing for Filipinos but also throughout the world. It’s been in the limelight ever since we were born. The number of Italian fine dining scene is thriving in Manila. Restaurants are challenged to level up their game and serve only the best Italian cuisine, with diners being more discerning than ever.
What makes it interesting is that we, Filipinos tend to consider the ambiance when choosing a place to dine – for it completes the ultimate dining experience. Italian food has built its reputation 2,000 years ago and continues to evolve. The presentation is key in making an exceptional and authentic Italian dish.
Although this type of cuisine may seem pricey, having a taste of anything Italian is definitely worth every peso. So skip the hassle of researching and reading restaurant reviews! We’ll give you a rundown of where to next – as we help you find the best Italian restaurants in Ortigas.
Food Crawl Stop #1: Galileo Enotica
Gaetano Vitrano born with the love of Italian food brings Galileo Enotica in our country’s shore. The restaurant’s name means ‘Wine Library’. It started out as a hole-in-a-wall. Now, it is considered to be one of the most sought-after Italian restaurants in Ortigas. Galileo Enotica can sit up to 90 people.
Its menu features refined Italian fare such as their assorted cold cuts: the Prosciutto Crudo, Salame Siciliano con Pistacchio, Salame Piccante & Coppa Ham. The cheeses are: Ragusano, Pecorino Saffron, Pecorino Tartufo and Caprina. Also try their hefty servings of Spaghetti Ai Frutti Di Mare (PHP 390) , which is a mouthful of surprise. It is an olive oil based pasta with seafood: shrimps, squid, clams & mussels.
But if you only want a wine to cap off your day, this place might also be the best place for you – as they offer a wide range of imported wines. Cocktails and other liquor are available at their bar from 6 p.m. to 12 midnight. Since it’s tucked away somewhere in Mandaluyong, you’re free to enjoy some ‘me time’ in this Italian restaurant.
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝 (5/5) (You’d definitely come back more cheese!)
A treat awaits at 80 Malinao, Calbayog St, Mandaluyong, Manila
Contact Number: (02) 532 0482
Food Crawl Stop #2: Paparazzi at EDSA Shangri-La
A grandiose restaurant, a plateful of different cheese, and everything Italian. Paparazzi Restaurant is located inside EDSA Shangri-La. The name itself suggests the shutter of the camera lens – but on the deeper meaning – the restaurant embodies the passion and creativity in the movie through their dishes which are authentic and innovative
Paparazzi’s delectable dishes include their Florentina steak (Tuscany T-bone) served with three kinds of sauces: pepper, truffle, and mushroom. You’ll also get to choose your own steak knife which is kinda cool. Even without the sauce, the meat is already savory and flavorful.
Well of course, you should order their best selling pasta – the Linguine Alle Vongole (PHP 600), cooked with clams, garlic, and spiced nori flakes. It’s a delight in the mouth and is also good for sharing. If you can’t complete a meal with a dessert like me, well then behold their overly satisfying classic Tiramisu (PHP 400+ service charge). It’s so perfectly plated that you won’t dare to eat it. Dare to try a bit of everything, such as the Paparazzi Panna Cotta, Il Cioccolato, Banana and Cioccolato, and Creme Brulee.
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝 (4/5)
Experience Paparazzi at the Mezzanine Level, Tower Wing, 1 Garden Way Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City
Contact Number: (02) 633- 8888
Food Crawl Stop #3: Italianni’s
From the company that brought us T.G.I. Fridays comes another restaurant which lets us experience the warmth of an Italian home for 18 years now. Italianni’s is a no stranger to the most of us. This is probably the most convenient and less expensive than most Italian restaurants in the metro. If you’re in Ortigas, you can visit Italiannis at Level 6, East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza. Check out the contact number below so you can book ahead.
The restaurant makes sure that they create their dish with the highest quality of ingredients. For the antipasto, try their Fried Calamari (Php 395 / Php 680) served with their homemade marinara sauce. You can also order the Prosciutto e Formaggio which consists of Milano Salami, Parma ham, Gorgonzola, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. They also serve Lunch Deals from Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can choose from Herb Pork Chop with Garlic Rice (PHP 375), Beef Roast Melt with Garlic Rice (PHP 425), and the Ribs and Spaghetti Pomodoro (PHP 425). If you just ought to go for pasta, then try Italianni’s classic Penne Arrabiato, Carbonara Classico, Spaghetti Vongole, or the Fettuccine Alfredo.
For dessert, order the Boccone Dolce Di Mango for only Php 395. The dessert is so heavenly, you’ll ask for another round.
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝 (6/5) (It’s that good, okay?)
Visit Italiannis in Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 2, Alabang Town Center, Vista Mall Santa Rosa, Nuvali, Uptown Mall, and SM Mall of Asia.
Contact Number: (02) 2469069
Food Crawl Stop #4: Amici
If you’re not a huge fan of pasta, you might change your mind when you experience dining at Amici. Read all reviews about this restaurant and all they would rave about is the creaminess and how amazing their pasta is. Currently, you can find Amici in the following places: Venice Piazza, UP Ayala Technohub, Greenhills, Ayala Triangle, Alabang Town Center, Chino Roces in Makati, Bellagio Square in Tomas Morato, and one in SM Megamall.
If you’re curious about their pasta offering, then check out the Pasta Nero (PHP 398), Seafood Diablo (PHP 378), and the Bacon and Cheese Gnocchi (PHP 368). With Chef Paolo Moran as the executive chef of Amici, you know you’re in a good place to start your Italian dining experience.
This restaurant also has an excellent choice of salads to balance out your meal, from Asian Chicken Salad (PHP 235 / PHP 450), Blue Cheese and Pear Salad (PHP 235 / PHP 450), and their Mediterranean Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad (PHP 270 / PHP 510). If you’re still not satisfied, have a plate of their Risotto di Maiale Croccante (PHP275) – a caramelized onion flavored risotto which has a topping of crispy pork strips.
Their brick-oven and flatbread pizzas are also one for the books! Also, dare to taste the Spicy Italian Sausage Php 468. Asiago cheese, mozzarella, cream, and caramelized onions make this pizza a must-eat. But of course, if you wanted a solo meal, Amici offers personal meals like Rome, Naples, Tuscany, and Grand Italia. Pizza, chicken, and your choice add-ons from squash soup, a cake of the day, and an iced tea completed this meal.
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝 (4/5)
You can locate Amici at the 3rd floor of Megamall Atrium, Mandaluyong City
Contact Number: 02 6361340
Food Crawl Stop # 5: Agape Pastries & Tartines
Have some decent and hearty Italian meal at Agape. Let’s set aside those cheese, wines, and pasta for a while, and try some of the best cakes, pastries, and tartines.
What makes Agape stand out from the rest of Italian restaurants is that they offer a breakfast menu. You can choose from their Western, Vegetarian, or Sausage Mushroom and Cheese Omelette for only PHP130. If you’re not a rice person, you can try the SOS Breakfast, a plate of minced sausage with cream, served with toast and egg on top, and coffee of course!
Their stretch of main entrees includes Beef Bourguignon (PHP 375), a stewed beef in white and red wine. Another choice is the Chicken L’Orange (PHP 365), a tender chicken thigh fillet with orange glazed. Both are served with fries and a side salad. In case you have no idea what tartine is, it’s an open face rye bread with healthy spreadable ingredients. At Agape, you can choose from Bacon, Ham, and Cheese (PHP 375), Peach and Prosciutto (PHP 375), Ricotta and Figs (PHP 375), and Reuben (Php 405).
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝 (4/5)
You can find Agape at the 5th Floor of SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
Contact Number: 02 9424953
Food Crawl Stop #6: Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen in Pasig evokes a comforting sense of home. On the second floor of Ayala Malls The 30th, this restaurant is noticeable from its quaint interiors itself. It is owned by a French-Canadian and his late wife Malou. Now, it is managed by their daughter, Crystal Tremblay, and her husband, David Sison.
They take pride in serving authentic Italian cuisine with dishes like pizza, risotto, pasta, and more. Their best sellers include their signature Margherita Pizza, Escargot (PHP 395): an imported snail baked in garlic and parsley butter. For the pasta, try Pasta Al Nero Di Seppia (PHP 325) and Vongole Olio (PHP 295). You can also try one of their three hearty risottos: the Risotto Tartufo Funghi (Mushroom), Risotto Pesto Al Pollo (Chicken Pesto) and Risotto Di Mare (Seafood). For the dessert, you must try their Mama Lou’s Cheesecake (PHP180), which has a perfect balance of sweetness.
For drinks, they also offer fresh juices, ice blended coffee, house wines, beers, and coolers. You might find a hard time choosing what to order on their menu, because everything appeals to the masses, even the discerning eaters.
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝 (4/5)
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen is located at the 2nd floor of Ayala Malls The 30th, Meralco Ave, Ortigas, Pasig. Address in their south branch is Block 1, Lot 36, Tropical Avenue Corner Tropical Palace, BF International, Las Piñas City
Contact number: (02) 720 8519
Food Crawl Stop #7: Cibo
If there’s one thing I consider when choosing a place to eat, it’s the location. Well, what can we say, Cibo has the best location amongst the restaurants in the list. It is strategically situated in the main wind of SM Megamall, in front of Tim Ho Wan. Cibo takes pride of their modern, Italian café concept in Metro Manila. Plus, the owner is a Filipina chef and restauranteur, Margarita Fores. With her Italian background with Filipino cooking and ingredients, Fores became known for fusing it both. Cibo has been around the food industry since 1997.
Cibo is serving authentic Italian dishes such as antipasti, insalate, paste, pizze, secondi, dolci, and bevande. This restaurant is also kid-friendly. Chef Fores made sure that they only use the best products to preserve their authenticity of the cuisine. If you want a dish for sharing, try the Penne Al Telefono. This delectably cheesy dish has a mozzarella cheese that when melted looks like a telephone cord – thus the name Telefono.
Cibo has an ongoing promo in which they’re bringing back Cibo’s favorites at their 1977 prices. Check out their Facebook page for further details.
Pasta Meter: 🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝 (6/5)
Cibo has branches at Glorietta 4, Shangri-La Edsa Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, Power Plant Mall, Promenade at Greenhills, Gateway Araneta Center, Trinoma Mall, Greenbelt 5, and Eastwood City Mall.
Contact Number: (02) 726 2426
Ortigas continues to embrace the exciting flavors from all over the globe. May it be after work, celebrating a special occasion, or just to unwind, Italian food is the best choice for most of us.
Just a few reminders, traditional Italian menus are usually divided into five sections: an appetizer, first course, second course, side dish, and dessert. You may feel overwhelmed with the menu and maybe confused, but if you’re not sure about the dish, don’t hesitate to ask your waiter.
We may not know exactly what we want to eat and where after a tiring a busy day – but deep in ourselves – we have to make sure it’s authentic, bold, and food that packs with intense flavors. Now, what are you waiting for?! Grab your friends and plan your next chill out night with the best Italian food crawl in Ortigas.