On New Year’s eve, we decided to escape the noise and pollution of Manila and spent it in Tagaytay. We had an afternoon merienda in one of Tagaytay’s latest garden restaurants — Marcia Adams’ Tuscany. We’d like to credit this discovery to Metro Magazine, which featured this place in its November issue.

Ever since that article came out, the owners started to open the venue to friends of friends until they fully opened this January. (You can probably say you’re a friend of OAP. 🙂 ) Thanks to Marge for introducing and treating us to this place. 🙂

Here is a photo essay of how we celebrated the last day of 2009 in Marcia Adams’ Tuscany place:

Aidan is always happy to go on out-of-town trips and considers every place that he goes to as a playground. His favorite is the staircase. 🙂

The entire family unanimously decided we didn’t want to spend New Year’s eve inhaling smoke and the pollution, so last-minute arrangements were made (as usual) to book our Tagaytay accommodations.

Bundaberg Ginger Beer from Australia (P85). Marcia prepared a refreshing concoction using fresh cucumber, carrots, pineapple and Bundaberg’s Ginger beer. Most of the girls did not like it, but I’ve loved Ginger Beer ever since I got introduced to it at Zenses.

Lemon Lime Bitters (P85). The girls preferred this drink, which is becoming the signature drink at Marcia’s.

Bundaberg “Peachee” brewed peach, slightly sparkling, from Australia (P85).
Marcia and Neil Adams love the Bundaberg Australian beers. I love this “brewed”, non-alcoholic peach drink. You have to tip it over first before opening it because some of the peach sediments settle at the bottom of the bottle.

I did not see this in the ala carte menu, but this is a simple appetizer of jam with cheese on thin wafers.

Homemade Hummus with Tortilla (P110). Hummus with green and spicy mix.

It’s OK, nothing special.

This is the main dining area of Marcia’s (a.k.a. Marcia Adams’ or Tuscany). At the moment, the couple is still pondering what to call the place. Marcia’s sounds like Antonio’s or Sonya’s, so their friends suggested that they include her last name in the mix. Metro Magazine branded it as Little Tuscany Place in Tagaytay.

If you look through the window from the main dining area, you’ll see the open home kitchen.

Just a few interesting facts about Marcia: She is passionate about cooking although she has no formal culinary background. She loves Vietnamese cuisine but had to serve Mediterranean food to complement their nice Tuscan-inspired garden ambiance.

Marcia Adams a la Carte Menu
Starters, Salads, and Soup, Dips & Side Dishes | Pasta/ Couscous/ Rice, Stews | Kebabs (2 sticks), Grilled Meats and Patties, Desserts | Drinks, Freshly Made Fruit Drinks, Hot Beverages, Wines, Beers, Spirits | Wine List December ’09

Neil Adams’ Freshly Baked Bread. He uses a different and higher quality kind of flour to produce his favorite chewy type of bread.

Aegean Salad (P260). A feast of flavors and textures with grilled pears, mixed greens, grilled ricotta cheese, cottage cheese and roasted pistachios with a herby, tangy dressing.

Nothing beats fresh Tagaytay greens with their signature dressing of (straw- or rasp-?) berry vinaigrette with honey. I liked the sweetness of the grilled pears and ricotta cheese.

Marcia recommended her Gourmet Kamote salad for our next visit.

Marcia with her lovely daughters, Aidan’s playmates for that day.

Ai Funghi (P270). Pasta with mixed fresh mushrooms, basil and garlic.

A simple pasta dish that was made great by the fresh mushrooms. My mom loved it.

Grilled Aromatic Pork (P250 – Tortilla, P260 – Pita, P270 – Organic Rice, or P290 – with Couscous/Pilaf).

Moist, tender, very tasty.

A still-undeveloped open garden area…

Aidan and Joshua’s playful poses.

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My favorite part of the place — the sunset lounge!

Try to reserve the sunset lounge, especially if you plan to eat here until dinnertime.

The only downside is that there are a lot of mosquitoes from 5-7pm. Bring an insect repellent lotion (we use the one from Ilog Maria).

This is the sunset lounge during the magic hour — within 30 minutes after sunset.

Don’t forget to capture nice portraits for you, your family and barkada

The famed “blue moon” that appeared on New Year’s Eve. 🙂


A romantic Tuscany ambiance set in Marcia Adam’s Garden in Tagaytay. 

Address: J.P.Rizal St, Brgy Sikat, 4123 Alfonso, Cavite
It is located along the border of Tagaytay and Alfonso, Cavite across Ville Sommet. 
Mobile: To reserve, text Marcia at +63917 801 1456
Email[email protected] 
FacebookMarcia Adams’ Restaurant

Operating Hours
Mon-Fri by appointment (24-hrs notice)
Pls book at weekends to ensure table available

Driving Directions:
To go to Marcia’s, just drive all the way to Tagaytay and turn right at the Tagaytay Rotonda.
Go all the way to Alfonso, Cavite. You will pass by the restaurants along the Ridge, the Mendez intersection, and the turn to Antonio’s.

You turn right when you see the Tagaytay Arch with Pineapples, and Residence Inn on your left. You should see a sign leading to Ville Sommet. You will see the entrance of Tuscany on your left.

The restaurant is located on the border of Tagaytay and Alfonso – close to Residence Inn Zoo and only 150m from Aguinaldo Highway.

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