Pastas and pizzas galore!
There’s a lot of delicious food and cuisines out there, and Italian cuisine is pretty high on the list in terms of homey, comfort food, with delicious and fresh flavors. Whether it’s pizza, pasta, bread, or others, Italian food is loved by all.
Everyone’s got a take on Italian food and it can be hard to keep up with places opening left and right. Luckily, we’ve compiled together a list of the best places to get some Italian food in Manila.
Rossini Ristorante Italiano – S Maison Conrad
Owned by the couple behind Buona Vita, a popular Tuscan villa-inspired Italian restaurant in Alabang, Rossini will stand for Italian fine dining with a Mediterranean twist. The restaurant is named after an Italian composer and gourmand.
Mamma Mia – Uptown Mall
Mamma Mia Ristorante E Bar is an Italian one-stop shop brought to you by the creators of Toni and Sergio Gastro Italiano. Serving a mix of traditional and modern Italian dishes that go with morning coffee or late-night drinks, they’re bringing the Italian way to Manila where sitting at the table with your loved ones for hours is the norm. Their carbonara is to die for!
FOO’D by Davide Oldani – Shangri-la Fort
FOO’D is a Michelin-star contemporary restaurant that serves Italian dishes with a modern twist. It aims to provide quality Italian dining at an affordable price. Their 3-course menu starts at P800 only! Read our full feature here.
Fun Fact: 'Foo'd' is pronounced as /foo-dō/, similar to "foo-dough".
Gran Caffe Lavena – Venice Grand Canal
Gran Caffe Lavena is a Venetian-inspired cafe along Venice Grand Canal in BGC that serves authentic Italian dishes, and beautiful pastries and desserts.
Salvatore Cuomo – Uptown Parade
Salvatore Cuomo is a half Italian, half Japanese celebrity chef from Naples, Italy. This is his first restaurant in Manila and his first collaboration with coffee specialist, Paul Bassett from Australia. The restaurant specializes in pizza, pasta, and other Italian favorites.
Ponte Rialto – Venice Grand Canal
Ponte Rialto is an Italian fine-dining restaurant that serves authentic dishes made from the finest ingredients imported all the way from Italy. The restaurant is named after one of the four bridges that can be found at the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy.
Francesco’s Kitchen – Addition Hills
Francesco’s Kitchen is a traditional Italian restaurant serving regional cuisine with a selection of homemade pasta, brick-oven pizza, and more. Due to its situation in a residential area in San Juan, the bistro is highly underrated. For those looking for classic Italian dishes that are both familiar and new to their palates, we recommend the Ossobucco in Gremolada Con Fettuccine Alfredo, and the Ortolano pasta.
Bar Centrale – Salcedo Village
Bar Centrale is pasta bar concept by the beloved Bistronomania food group. Drop by and experience pasta made fresh with premium ingredients, done only by the experts.
Single Origin Osteria – Salcedo Village
Featuring an all-Italian menu inspired by the Italian grandmother of executive chef, Juan Barcos. You can expect to enjoy a roster of traditional and home-style Italian dishes including pasta, pizzas, and Bistecca a la Fiorentina.
Trufa Pasta Bar – Legaspi Village
Trufa is a cozy and rustic Catalan-inspired pasta bar that creatively combines the best of Barcelona and Manila, a fusion of Spanish and Filipino cultures through the art of taste. Its concept revolves around building your own pasta from the choice of noodles, sauces, and toppings.
Grape Escape PH – Maginhawa Street
Grape Escape Wine Lounge + Kitchen is a casual wine and dine experience where you can pair wine with a Spanish-Italian inspired cuisine that offers Brick Oven Pizza and Tapas.
La Spezia – Tomas Morato
La Spezia is an Italian hole-in-the-wall and one of Metro Manila’s best new homegrown restaurants of 2016. It serves timeless pasta dishes and dessert standouts. They recently just launched new menu items including their now signature Italian donuts! Read more about their new dishes here.
Salta! by Pappare – UP Village
Salta! by Pappare serves Italian roast chicken, ribs, pork chops, sausage and steak all cooked in their charcoal fired Rotisserie. They also serve their famous CRABonara, brick oven Neapolitan pizzas and giant sangrias.
Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant – Tomas Morato
Vitto’s is a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant that offers fine wine sourced from all over the world, a great selection of tapas, pasta, pizza and more. Read our full post here.
The Happy Chef – Linden Suites
The Happy Chef Restaurant serves authentic local and international (specifically Filipino and Italian) cuisines to the fast-paced and the well-traveled alike.
Fino Deli – Marikina Heights
“The first wine bar and delicatessen in Marikina City.” Fino Deli brings rustic Italian and Spanish flare in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. They serve wide variety of imported wines, cheeses and cold cuts.
Alabang / Paranaque
Mona Lisa Ristorante – Commerce Center
Mona Lisa is a hidden Italian restaurant with an extensive menu where they have dishes to represent every region of Italy. It’s for the lovebirds who want to transport to a romantic European City. It’s not for the partners in crime up for a grittier date.
Trattoria Altrove – Tropical Ave.
Trattoria Altrove offers authentic Italian dishes, with the signature brick oven wood fired pizza. They also serve Antipasti, Pasta, Risotto, Lasagna, several meaty dishes, home-made desserts. To round up a delicious meal, they offer several kinds of wines & liquors.
858 Tropical Ave, B.F. Homes, Parañaque
(02) 776 4388
Around Metro Manila
Toni & Sergio – multiple branches
Toni & Sergio is an Italian restaurant that offers a gastronomic feast of Italian and Spanish cuisines including pizza, pasta and tapas. The restaurant is from the same team behind Parmigiano.
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen – multiple branches
Authentic Italian cuisine done with homemade love and care has become the calling card of Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen.
Nonna’s – multiple branches
Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria is an Italian restaurant that serves artisanal pastas & pizzas, made fresh daily.
Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana – multiple branches
Motorino serves authentic Neapolitan Pizza made from the freshest and highest quality Italian ingredients and cooked to perfection in their domed wood fire oven. Rated “City’s best pizza” by the NY Times.
Parmigiano Ristorante Pizzeria – multiple branches
Parmigiano Ristorante Pizzeria serves authentic Italian cuisine offering a variety of delicious pizza, pasta, steaks, risotto, and more. Menu highlights include their Salmone Alla Griglia, Truffle Cream Risotto, and 6 Cheese Pizza.
The Old Spaghetti House – multiple branches
The Old Spaghetti House, also fondly called TOSH, is an Italian-inspired restaurant serving pasta dishes made from family recipes. Combining traditional ingredients with a dash of love you get from home-cooked meals, they serve everything spaghetti, entrees, and handcrafted pizza.
Cibo – multiple branches
Cibo is a local restaurant chain by Margarita Flores serving authentic Italian dishes that are tweaked to suit the Filipino palate. Cibo is Italian for ‘food’.
Amici – multiple branches
Amici started off as a friendly neighborhood canteen headed by an Italian priest. From Italian coffee and gelato, they delved into wood-fire oven baked pizzas and homemade pastas. Word got out that this small canteen was serving authentic Italian food and the rest is history. Today, Amici is a well-known Italian favorite for many families.
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