Filipinos just love pizza. It’s a good thing then that Manila is now being invaded by international pizza franchises (i.e. Papa John’s) and different pizza concepts (like a Pizza Bar, etc.).

We love pizza, too, but we like the old-school Italian pizzas — cooked with love in traditional brick ovens. We are starting to check out the foodie places in the south, and one of the best pizza/pasta places we’ve tried is the authentic Italian restaurant of Daniele’s.

Daniele is the son of the couple behind Bellini’s of Cubao Expo fame. He moved the restaurant from Marikina (after being devastated by typhoon Ondoy) to a quaint little place along Sucat Road.

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Daniele’s Casa Mia Italian Restaurant Menu: Antipasti/Appetizer | Zuppa/Soup and Pasta | Specialty and Fresh Pasta | Risotto, Carne/Meat, Pesce/Fish | Pizza 1 | Pizza 2Beverages and Dolci/Desserts

The restaurant has the same ambiance as the Bellini’s in Cubao — complete with paparazzi and family photos hanging on the wall, and Italians patronizing the place.

Daniele’s family is from Pisa in Italy; hence, the mini-replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Quattro Formaggi
( Small – P230 +3% percentage tax)
. 4 kinds of cheese.

When going to restaurants, a lot of foodies order a specific dish, which serves as their benchmark for certain types of cuisine. Some people order Sweet & Sour Pork to gauge how good a Chinese restaurant is, or Hainanese Chicken Rice to determine how good a Singaporean resto is.

For us, the 4- or 5-cheese pizza is our benchmark for good Italian pizza. We like our pizza as plain as possible. We find that the best pizza for us has the best-tasting dough.

And we just loved the pizza at Daniele’s — crusty on the outside (done perfectly with just a few burnt edges) and chewy/soft on the inside. The cheese used was of good quality, too, especially the blue cheese!

This was Aidan’s favorite as well. 🙂

I prefer chili oil with the right heat level over the usual Tabasco sauce available in commercial pizza chains.

Prosciutto e Arugula
(16in. Large – P490+3% percentage tax
). Pizza with Parma ham and arugula.

In Bellini’s/Daniele’s, the best pizza for us was this pizza topped with a combination of super thin slices of ham and arugula leaves. Sarap!  🙂

Ravioli Truffle Cream
(P250 +3% percentage tax
). Spinach and ham.

As for the fresh pasta they serve…definitely something to rave about!

The ravioli was super soft with the right amount of spinach, ham and hints of truffle cream. The serving size is good for one only, though. If you share it, it’s bitin. Considering its serving size, it’s a bit on the expensive side.

Spaghetti al Cartoccio
(P180 +3% percentage tax)
. Mixed seafood pasta wrapped in foil.

The specials of the day are displayed outside the restaurant. When we visited, this was on that list. The pasta was cooked al dente and quite good even on its own. The dish tasted like vongole, with an emphasis on the clam taste. Sadly, there were only a few bits of mixed seafood. 🙁

Aidan is presently crazy about food maker apps in iPad (like the Donut or Cake Maker). Here is his own concoction, which he called a burger of pasta with pizza slices as the bun.

I’m encouraging him to cook. Let’s see if he turns out to be a good chef one of these days… 🙂

How can you resist Joshua’s pleading look, requesting to order gelato?

(2 scoops – P170 +3% percentage tax)
The gelato was good but the flavor options were limited. We had vanilla and pistachio. The minimum order for gelato is two scoops, which was just perfect to cap our authentic Italian meal.

Overall, Daniele’s is highly recommended for good brick oven-cooked pizza and fresh pasta. The hole-in-the-wall set-up is charming and attracts foodies looking for good Italian food.

Daniele’s Casa Mia Italian Restaurant
#8351 Sucat Road (Dr. A Santos Ave.), Brgy San Antonio, Paranaque City
Telefax: +632 826-5163, 501-0998 (new number) 
Operating Hours: Open Daily except Monday
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Daniele’s Casa Mia Italian Restaurant

Driving Directions:
From SLEX or Skyway, take the Sucat Exit. Go straight until you pass Shopwise on your right and  the first stoplight with 7/11 as the landmark on your left (and the now-demolished McDonalds). Slow down and go on the rightmost lane already. You should see Grami Hotel on your right, then Transorient Manpower Building. Daniele’s will be next on your right.

Parking is very difficult but you can park in front of Transorient Manpower Bldg., or you can risk parking along Sucat Road.

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P.S. I haven’t tried the steaks there yet. Do let me know if you have tried it and if you would recommend it.

 P.P.S. Thanks to Vangge for the foodie tip!

025010998 Every Monday we’are colose for Dayoff Grazie 🙂