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Chef Massimo Veronesi is the main man behind one of our most loved Italian restaurants in Manila. Chef Massimo is an Italian chef who studied and trained at the Lago di Garda and worked as an apprentice at various Michelin starred restaurants in Italy. Chef Massimo went on to work as head chef of Mi Piace restaurant at the Peninsula before they finally opened the first Va Bene branch in Makati in 2010.
Va Bene Pasta Deli was one of Makati’s best kept secret Italian restaurants. Its obscure and then questionable first branch’s location at a gas station along EDSA couldn’t stop people from spreading good words about it, because no great food could and should ever remain a secret. (View all branches)
Va Bene is an Italian expression meaning 'it's good' or 'it works well', which is something you'd usually hear from this restaurant's new and loyal patrons.
They gained popularity and a big following mainly by word of mouth. Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat weren’t such a thing back then. Their fresh and handmade pastas were the stars of their menu. Chef Massimo swears off packed noodles so you won’t find any displayed on their kitchen shelves.
While many wish to keep this restaurant their own little secret, there’s really no way of hiding it. Of course, the obvious proof is that it’s fully booked every night with the long queues outside. Today, it stands at two branches strong, one in Makati and one in BGC.
Despite the accolades and reputation that Chef Massimo gathered throughout his career, he continues to deliver on his promise to serve authentic Italian food at reasonable prices. Step into any of his restaurants and you’ll see that it exudes simplicity, comfort, and a humble ambiance.
Chef Massimo is very hands-on and ensures that every customer gets their money’s worth. He will gladly accommodate special requests, subject to availability of ingredients. Want to try 3 of their pasta dishes in one sitting? Ask the waiter about their Trio Pasta Platter!
Insider tip: They serve a special business lunch menu at their Petron branch, available Mondays to Fridays, 11:30am to 3:00pm.
Upon ordering, they will give you complimentary bruschetta with a salsa dip made of chopped tomatoes, basil, parmesan, and olive oil. You can ask for a refill of this addicting starter for free.
While almost all of their dishes are no doubt delicious and authentic, here are some of their best-sellers, from starters down to their homemade desserts, that will surely win your hearts on your next visit.
Insider tip: Dining with children? Va Bene has a special kids menu so the young ones don't feel left out.
Italian meatball, tomato sauce, “caccio pepe” polenta, ricotta mousse, rosemary, Toscana extra virgin olive oil. This is one of their new bestsellers. P.S. Foodies recommend that you order this with bread.
Va Bene Salad
Arugula leaves, caramelized apples, crispy veal tongue Milanese
Braised octopus, semi-dried tomatoes, oranges, olives, arugula, lemon dressing
Lobster & Prawns Cappellacci
Lobster bisque sauce
Black Ink Tagliolini
Seafood, marinara sauce, light tomato cream sauce
Organic Eggs Tagliatelle
Their signature bestseller. Portobello mushrooms, white wine cream sauce, truffle oil
Check out all-new dishes that are only available at Va Bene Circuit Makati branch for now!
Zucchini, gorgonzola, mint, salami Milano, mixed lettuce, homemade pickles
Shallots, parsley, tomato sauce, capers. Other popular small plates you can order are the Mushrooms Bruschetta and Butter Squash.
Tomato, gorgonzola, mozzarella, parma ham, arugula leaves
Basil Panna Cotta
Calamansi sorbet, fruit salad
Caramelized walnuts, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce
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