February 20, 2013
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 specially its food that he decided to bring Sicily flavors to Manila and share it with foodies.
It's a promising Cafe, and check it out when you are in the Shaw Blvd. area.
The Cafe features the sights and flavors of Sicily with 5 specially designed tile-glass tables.
I like its home-made taste using their own special spices. Order this for appetizer.
They are best known for their pastas with recipes Mark learned from his Sicily trip. The serving is small, just good for one, and not intended to be shared.
I tried the Penne with red sauce and I like my pasta - spicy. The pasta was cooked al dente and the flavors are just light with good tomato sauce and spices. Ask for extra parmesan cheese.
Hannah ordered this and most of the pasta looked good with fresh ingredients, tomato and good quality pasta.
If you are looking for something uniquely Sicilian, order the Pesto Siciliano because their pesto version usually comes with tomato sauce.
You can also order Panini which is good as an alternative option. I do wish they have more lunch dishes and serve it family style - good for sharing.
For dessert, don't miss to order the Cannoli made from cream cheese with pistachio bits on the outside. Mark said this can beat the taste of Nolita and My Kitchen's Cannoli versions.
To end the meal, Mark gave us a shot of his home-made limoncello as a good digestive!
Overall, I like the concept and its Sicily-inspired food by a passionate cook. The location is not ideal but if it keeps the rental cost low then it is okay. The pasta, coffee, cannolli and limoncello are very good.
Mark should integrate the Rex Bookstore and Cafe rather than separate it. Also, the menu needs to be expanded to include other Sicilian-inspired entrees and the serving sizes should be bigger so that they can be shared.
Unit N, Facilities Center Building, 548 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Telephone: +632 570-2905
Facebook: Cantina Sicilianita
Operating Hours: Mondays - Saturdays: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Note: Credit Cards are now accepted
Related Blog Post: Between Bites | Cantina Sicilianita
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P.S. It's located in the building where Babyland is along Shaw near the Summit building.