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December 16, 2015

CASA ITALIA in Manila: Gelato, Coffee OTTO, & Italian Comfort Food Goodness!

December 16, 2015

CASA ITALIA in Manila: Gelato, Coffee OTTO, & Italian Comfort Food Goodness!





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CASA ITALIA is a modern day Italian Bar serving micro-roasted Coffee OTTO, handcrafted premium Gelato, and freshly made Italian comfort food favorites, set in an Italian casual chic café. It's the "Starbucks" of Italian coffee and gelato!

The recently opened branch in Manila is a franchise of the popular gelato shop in Singapore. From the outside, it looks like a normal gelato and coffee place, but you've got to check out their pasta, pizza, and panini cooked the Italian way.  

Check out this video series on building Casa Italia here in Manila:

Our family tried it after Joshua and Raphael's piano recital. Here's what we love at Casa Italia...

 

CASA ITALIA
Megaworld Shop 5, Burgos Park Bldg. Forbestown Center
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 753-6263 or 813-8138
Operating Hours:
Sun. – Thurs. 6:30am to 12:00mn
Fri. and Sat. 6:30am to 1:00am
Facebook: Casa Italia PH
Instagram: @CasaItaliaPH
Website: http://www.casaitalia.com.ph/





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The gelato display greets you as you enter the restaurant, with the bakery kitchen at the back.

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The interiors are designed by a distinguished Italian interior designer and the furniture imported from Italy.

 

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Go to the mezzanine floor for a quiet dining space or office space to work with decent free WiFi. 

 

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CASA ITALIA MENUGelato, Fresh from the Oven | Coffee, Tea & Frappe

It's a great place for a nice lunch or a light dinner followed by coffee, gelato, and good conversations.

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You can check out their freshly baked goods from the in-house bakery serving waffles, muffins, cakes, focaccia, panini, and croissant.

 

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We love the Italian sausage panini with freshly baked bread and thick sausage...

 

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...and the three cheese panini.

 

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They use their own signature Coffee Otto (8) 100% Arabica coffee beans, medium roasted, and consumed within 8 weeks to keep its freshness and aroma.

 

PASTA

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Carbonara (P230) 

The pasta is cooked al dente with just the right amount of sauce, served on a ceramic bowl to keep it hot. 

 

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Gamberetti (P280) 

This shrimp tomato pasta is good--not too sweet with a well-balanced tomato flavor.

 

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Bolognese (P230) 

The kids like the pasta but they were fighting over the freshly baked bread to dip into the tomato sauce. 

  

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★ Beef Lasagna (P250) 

We love the lasagna with thin, soft layers of pasta and the perfect ratio of cheese and beef.

 

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Vegetarian Lasagna (P250) 

The vegetarian version is equally good with mushroom flavors.

 

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★ Chicken Cannelloni (P300) 

For something different, order the cannelloni pasta with chicken meat.  

 

MAINS

Casa Italia-14.jpg★ Meatballs with Pomodoro Sauce (P250)

The boys surprisingly love these meatballs with tomato sauce made the Italian way, which is not too sweet and with a good tomato consistency.

 

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★ 1/2 Roast Chicken with Potatoes (P350)

Our personal favorite--half chicken with clean-tasting roasted flavors of rosemary and different herbs. Maybe they can have a rice option instead of potatoes.

 

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Fish Fillet w/ Siciliana Sauce (P350)

This is a good healthy choice--baked fish fillet with tomato and olive sauce. 

 

GELATO

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The choice of gelato can be overwhelming, with 40 all-natural flavors to choose from. 

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I love their gelato because they only use natural ingredients and real fruit flavors. My favorites are Pistachio, Vanilla, and Nutella.

 

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★ Gelato (Medio - 2 Scoops - P195) 

Best to get two scoops so that you can mix and match flavors.

 

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The kids would go for a solid Mango mixed with Yogurt flavor.

 

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You can add sprinkles for free.

 

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★ Belgian Waffle with Gelato (Medio - P295)

For the best experience, order their freshly baked crunchy Belgian waffle and top it some hazelnut and vanilla gelato!

 

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★ Durian Gelato 

For durian lovers, order their durian gelato, which is not on display. Tastes like smooth frozen durian!

 

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Overall, we love the gelato, coffee Otto, freshly baked bread, the pasta (Beef Lasagna, Chicken Cannelloni) and the Italian main dishes (Meatballs with Pomodoro Sauce, 1/2 Roast Chicken with Potatoes).

I recommend the classic flavors of Pistachio and Vanilla GelatoBelgian Waffle with Gelato, and their signature Durian Gelato.

Budget about P500/head for a meal.

The place is like a neighborhood coffee shop where you can hang out with friends over good food or as a dessert place to enjoy gelato.

Congratulations to Jay and Sheryl Tan for a great execution of the Casa Italia concept in Manila!

 

CASA ITALIA
Megaworld Shop 5, Burgos Park Bldg. Forbestown Center
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Telephone: +632 753-6263 or 813-8138
Operating Hours:
Sun. – Thurs. 6:30am to 12:00mn
Fri. and Sat. 6:30am to 1:00am
Facebook: Casa Italia PH
Instagram: @CasaItaliaPH
Website: http://www.casaitalia.com.ph/

Note: There's parking in the basement of the building. 

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Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Jay of Casa Italia. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Check out their Liquorato (Piccolo - P195, Medio - P245) using Il Limone or the Sambuca.

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