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ARIA CUCINA ITALIANA (Revisited): Our ARIA Favorites and Kids’ Menu @AriaCucina

Read first: ARIA Mania in Manila?

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We love trying out new restaurants, but there are times when we want to revisit places that we’ve been to simply because they’re yummy. One of our favorite Italian places in Boracay and in Manila is Aria because of the delicious pizza, pasta and salad combinations.

Recently, they added innovative cocktail drinks by Tim Walters and also a Kids’ Menu.

Here is our updated Aria experience…

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MAD FOR GARLIC Philippines: Italian-Korean Wine Resto (and Garlic Breath) @MadforGarlicPH

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MAD FOR GARLIC is a Korean restaurant specializing in garlicky Italian cuisine, franchised by the Global Resto group. They say this was the original inspiration of a localized resto concept called Krazy Garlik.

For Garlic enthusiasts and Spicy food lovers, this is the place to be — guaranteed to give you a garlicky breath finish. We enjoyed the Italian fare with a Korean twist because some of the dishes were sweet for the boys, and their super spicy pastas in the menu were great for me.

Here’s a rundown of what we ordered and some tips on how to have an awesome experience at MAD FOR GARLIC…

Related Blog Post: Krazy Garlik – A Celebration of Everything Garlicky

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GRACE PARK: Farm-to-Table Organic Restaurant by Margarita Fores

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GRACE PARK is Margarita Fores‘ much-anticipated farm-to-table Italian restaurant in One Rockwell in Makati. It is named after her paternal grandmother Angie Geronimo Forés’ home in Grace Park, Caloocan (the former Elpo rubber shoes compound).

The concept is inspired by similar farm-to-table, slow-cooking restos in the US (like ABC Kitchen, Vinegar Hill House, and Joseph Leonard). A lot of people have raved about the interiors tastefully done by Jorge Yulo (congrats!). It transports you to a rustic yet industrial loft, making you forget that you are in a mall.

The food is a mix of healthy and sinful comfort food, but the taste is a bit bitin. It adopts the “cleaner” Western taste versus the bolder, malinamnam flavors that some Pinoy foodies prefer.

Here is our Grace Park experience…

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FINESTRA: The Finest Taste of Italy in Manila! @SolaireResort


FINESTRA is the authentic Italian restaurant of Solaire Resort. One of four signature restaurants there, it boasts beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into the Manila Bay and the Solaire pool. Finestra is well-named, given that it means ‘windows’ in Italian.

We just came from a recent food trip of the Veneto region in Italy, so I was happy to discover that the quality of cheeses, antipasto spread, handmade pasta and wood fire oven-cooked pizza is the same quality you would get in Italy. We were pleased to hear that most of the ingredients are directly imported from Italy and that the Executive Chef is Italian.

So far, this is the closest you can get to the romantic flavors of Italy in Manila.

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    CANTINA SICILIANITA – A Taste of Sicily in Manila?


    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.

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    VILLA DEL CONTE’s Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut Chips & Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream Filling

    (Read first: Ultimate Taste Test X @ Rockwell: Foodie’s Cheat Sheet)


    UTT X: Rockwell Winner #3


      152 foodies rated 5- Awesome! I would recommend it!
      105 foodies rated 4- I love it!
        54 foodies rated 3- We had a good time.
        24 foodies rated 2- It is OK.
          0 foodies rated 1- Thanks, but it could be better.

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    Villa Del Conte is a Filipino Brand of artisan chocolate made from a rural town in Padova, Italy. Check out the complete story of VILLA DEL CONTE Chocolates.

    Our favorite flavors are:

    • Praline Balls in Dark Chocolate with Coffee Cream Filling (Black Wrapper), 
    • Praline Balls in Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Cream Filling  (Silver Wrapper),
    • Salted Toffee,
    • Tartufone (Chocolate with Hazelnuts), and
    • Chocolate-coated Castañas

    No doubt, this is the best chocolate in Manila this holiday season. 🙂

    Congratulations, Villa Del Conte, for winning the #3 spot in the Ultimate Taste Test series!

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    ARIA Mania in Manila?

    Aria Cucina Italiana in Manila!

    ARIA was the talk of the town when it first opened in D’Mall Boracay in 2003. Foodies raved about its homemade pasta and wood-fire oven pizzas (see: Top5 Bora Restos!, and What’s New in Boracay in 2010?). After 9 years, it finally opened its doors in Manila. 🙂

    We’re curious to know if it would create the same buzz among foodies amidst really good Italian restaurants in the metro. Cyma Boracay’s expansion to Manila was very successful, setting up shop in various malls.

    As for Aria, it decided to expand to a super high-end mall with relatively higher prices–will it click? Will we see Aria Mania in Manila?

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    My Kitchen by Chef Chris Locher

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    Chef Chris Locher, the man behind the popular C’ Italian Dining in Angeles, Pampanga, has finally opened a restaurant in Manila! A lot of foodies are quite excited about this latest development.

    It is named My Kitchen by Chef Chris, and it replaces the Barramundi Restaurant of The Oasis Hotel in Paco Park. Yes, you have to brave the traffic of Manila to get there (but it is still nearer than driving all the way to Clark Field in Angeles).

    Here is a first look at My Kitchen by Chef Chris…

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    Va Bene Pasta Deli @ Petron – Best Authentic Italian Pasta Place in Makati!

     Update Sept 2014: Check out the 2nd branch VA BENE Pasta Deli by Chef Massimo Veronesi @ BGC Cinemas!

    We’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about this Italian restaurant. According to Makati foodies, the  “Best Italian Restaurant” in the area is hidden inside a Petron Gas Station. We wanted to eat there after hearing mass on a Sunday, but the restaurant was closed.

    Finally, we were able to go on a packed weekday dinner night. Indeed, it’s the BEST authentic Italian Pasta place in Makati. And the secret lies in the hands of the ex-Mi Piace Italian chef and his Filipina wife, the tandem behind this gasoline station restaurant.

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    Daniele’s Casa Mia Italian Restaurant – Bellini’s of the South

    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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