Bellissimo Ristorante – Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Bellissimo Ristorante, the name speaks for itself- “Beautiful Restaurant”; it delivers a very beautiful dining experience that is worth repeating.

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Previously located in the busy Tomas Morato area, Bellissimo is now located within the residential area of Scout Rallos Ext. in Quezon City since September 2012. Celebrity couple Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz- Montano developed this place where people can celebrate their passion for Italian food, appreciate art, and enjoy music.

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Upon entering, we were welcomed with warm lights, wooden tables and seats, brick walls adorned with Cesar Montano’s fabulous paintings. His interesting artworks can be a conversation starter, as you wait for your food, with a classical music playing in the background.

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Upstairs, there are rooms for private gatherings or business meetings; Each room has its own design and is named after a family member of the Montano’s which gives this places its own unique charm. Overall, it has a great ambiance for a date night or catching up with friends.

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On the table:

For appetizer, we had a basket of  Italian Bread Stick with marinara and pesto dips.

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Pescatora spaghetti (Php370) is spaghetti enveloped with a tomato based sauce with shrimp, squid, and mussel and Parmesan cheese. This seafood pasta dish is rich, creamy and delicious. This festive dish encompasses a balanced flavor; I like it that it’s not too tangy. The sauce did not overpower the delicateness of the seafood. The pasta is cooked ‘al dente’ – firm to the bite; Good job for this one, chef!

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Cesare Pasta (Php 340) is spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, bell pepper, black and green olives, tomato, capers, basil leaves, and Parmesan cheese. This dish is perfect for vegetarians. It has a light and fresh taste even non-vegetarians would enjoy. I like how the olives, tomato, and bell pepper give a refreshing taste.

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Aglio Olio (Php 365) is a classic Italian dish. It is spaghetti with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and chili anchovies, shrimps, clams, and Parmesan cheese. Alio Olio in English is garlic and oil; if you love garlic then you would love this pasta dish. This dish has my two thumbs up for the night; the garlic infused olive oil creates a gorgeous flavor that tickled my taste buds. Though it is packed with flavor, it does not overpower the sweetness of shrimps and clams. This dish is heavenly and worth coming back for.

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Ali di Pollo (Php 285) consists of 5 pieces chicken wings slowly cooked to perfection and smothered with Original or Hot Barbecue sauce. Although the amount of heat/spiciness is variable, I like the way Bellissimo Restorante’s Ali di Pollo is made; it’s sweet with just a hint of spicy flavor aftertaste.

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The best way to quench the heat is to match it with the Cesare Iced Tea (Php 75). It’s not your regular iced tea as it has secret ingredients that make it interesting.

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Sunshine Pizza (Php 465) is another favorite. It is a thin- crust pizza delightfully embellished with white sauce, mozzarella cheese, bacon, beef, Pocini mushroom, onion, minced garlic, bell pepper, oregano, and olive oil. I’ve tried different kinds of pizzas and this one gets two thumbs up for the flavor. It has superb- quality ingredients the restaurant should be commended for. You will undoubtedly fall in love with this pizza after taking your first bite.

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Bellissimo Supreme (Php 465) is another gourmet pizza cooked from a wood-fired oven. This visually appetizing pizza is loaded with tomato, mozzarella, cooked ham, spicy salami, sausage, mushroom, bell pepper, onion, pineapple, and oregano. I like the texture and taste at every bite. The crunch of the crust and the burst of flavors is ‘Amore’. It’s a feast to the eyes and the stomach.

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Bellissimo Ristorante offers a sufficient selection of wine to appease wine aficionados.

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Bellissimo Ristorante – The Chef in Action

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The Staff with Mr. Cesar Montano and Sunshine Cruz-Montano

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The Staff:

Christina D’ Souza – Head Chef

Ryan Tolentino- Asst. Chef

Chuck Dennis Amante- Asst. Chef

Giovanni Loyola- Asst. Chef

Lara Patricia Tio- Bartender

Margarette Cuerda- Server

Patrick Sison- Server

Jayr Muega- Server

Suzette Antigua- Cashier

Marivic Vargas- Secretary

Perla Corpuz- Asst. Secretary

The menu

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What I wish they could improve on is to extend their entree selection, perhaps Roasted Chicken or Baked Salmon, other than steak or ribs to provide more options for guests. On the bright side, I commend Bellissimo Ristorante for their wide selection of pizza and pasta.

To conclude, I would say that Bellissimo Ristorante is a restaurant that not only serves food with excellent quality but beyond that, it is a venue for sharing the passion for good food, art, and music. It’s a clap, clap, clap for Bellissimo Ristorante for great food, outstanding staff who are attentive to the customer’s needs, and cleanliness of the place.

We’ll definitely visit this place again…soon!

Bellissimo Ristorante

Contact Numbers: 4123553 / 9273162

Address: 135 Scout Rallos Ext. Brgy Sacred Heart, Quezon City

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Domino’s Pizza Buy 1 Take 1 Promo (Philippines) 2012

It’s CUSTOMER’S APPRECIATION MONTH!!!

Let’s all pizzalebrate! Domino’s Appreciation month offers you BUY 1 GET 1 EVERYDAY! All Sizes, All Flavors.

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Silver City- 576 3030

El Molito- 553 3030

SM Las Pinas- 519 3030

A-venue 795 3030

SM Sucat- 794 3030

Retiro- 567 303

 

 

Shakey’s Prima Lasagna Bundle

I’ve been craving for lasagna since last week. Happy to find out about this promo. Wohooo! This awesome bundle is good for 5 persons and it’s only for Php 995.

Chip in Php 199 each, and you get to enjoy a large thin crust Italian Sausage, 5 pc Buddy pack Chicken n’ Mojos, a pitcher of Coke, and of course… the Prima Lasagna Platter.

Now that’s a great deal!

 

What are you waiting for? Stop staring at your computer screen. Go to shakey’s now.   🙂

 

*photo taken from shakeys facebook account

Gateau de Manille Bakeshop- Katipunan Ave.

I was craving for one of my favorite cakes from Gateau de Manille, White Chocolate Mousse, so I asked my brother to drive us in Katipunan Avenue. Without hesitation, he got the keys and drove to the bakeshop in no time. Thanks bro!

Here are some of the cakes on display. We bought White Chocolate Mousse mini (php 95), Oreo Cheesecake mini (Php95), and Blueberry Cheesecake mini (Php 95). They all taste good but we love the white chocolate mousse most.

The photos below were taken using Ipad. Yeah, I didn’t bring my cam. 😛

If you want delicious, moist, and delectable cakes that will tantalize your taste buds, go to Gateau de Manille. Awesome cakes at affordable price.

Plus, they serve rice and pasta dishes and other kinds of desserts too (pre-order).

The bakeshop is open Mondays to Sundays from 9am to 9pm.

Gateau de Manille

Address: 117 Katipunan Road, Quezon City, Philippines

Contact Numbers: 9116547/9116750/9128573

Facebook: Gateau De Manille

Chef d’ Angelo- Eat All You Can promo

Absolutely delicious and affordable meals only from Chef d’ Angelo. Get ready to be tummy-filled!

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe- Katipunan

How do you relax after a long day? As for me, I just eat and eat and eat. It was a bit more challenging this time because the fridge is empty and no one cooked dinner. My friend M and I have been working in front of the computer for hours, we definitely deserve a good meal. To give our strained eyes a break, I asked her out for dinner. We hailed a cab and drove along Katipunan Avenue. The sign Mom & Tina’s caught my attention. In an instant, I told the driver to drop us there. I heard good things about this bakery cafe and I thought we should give it a shot.

Inside has a cozy country feel—with wooden tables adorned with flowers in bronze cans, cushioned seats, dimmed lights, with walls decorated with blue and white china and lace doilies. The area is quite small, seats are close together one could actually hear the conversation from the next table. The place is a perfect after school-hang out place for students from nearby universities. Families and friends can enjoy great tasting homey comfort meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

On the table:

While waiting for our meals to arrive, we quenched our thirst with ice cold blue lemonade (bottomless: Php70) and lemon iced tea (bottomless Php 70). The waitstaff was kind enough to give us a glass of water together with our drinks.

We skipped on soup and salad and starters; I chose a pasta dish and a potato instead. As recommended by the waitstaff, I ordered Shepherd’s pie and Chicken Spinach Lasagna… their bestsellers.

Shepherd’s Pie (P195) is a casserole made of ground beef and mushrooms in a creamy tomato  based sauce topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. It is served with 2 garlic cheese rolls that best compliments the creamy and meaty taste of the dish. It is a delightful potato dish that is a meal in itself.

The Chicken Spinach Lasagna (Php 175) consists of homemade spinach pasta with chicken, tomato, and cream sauce. It’s so flavorful and filling. I could actually feel the warmth and texture of the lasagna, beef, and mushrooms as I savor every bite. This dish is lip smacking good! It came with 2 garlic cheese rolls.

M wanted to eat rice, so we ordered for Salisbury Steak (Quarter lb- Php230) as recommended by the waitstaff. It wasn’t disappointing, as we enjoyed the grilled sirloin patty, mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables. They give a generous serving of gravy that covered the patty and mashed potato. It came with a cup of rice that we could hardly finish. The serving is good for sharing. I like this dish the most. It is insanely delicious!!! It’s no wonder this hearty meal is one of their bestsellers!

We had no room for dessert, but I could not resist the cakes and pastries displayed on the counter. We shared a cup of Toblerone Walnut Torte (Php 110). I wanted to see what’s underneath so I tipped the cup over and let the cake fall on the plate.

The cake looks kinda messed up now. Hahaha… Well now we can see the layers of meringue, chocolate cream, whipped cream, walnut and small toblerone chunks. Sweet Heaven! Definitely a must try!

If you are for warm, homey, rich, and hearty meals, head on to Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe. I give it a clap, clap, clap, for their great tasting food.

Mom & Tina’s Bakery Cafe

Address:  2/F Regis Center (Katipunan Ave.), Quezon City

Best Food Forward 2- Food and Travel Series

With the overwhelming success of the very first Best Food Forward held last 2-3 April 2011, and due to insistent public demand, BEST FOOD FORWARD is back!

I couldn’t contain myself when I received an email about this great news! I am one of the thousands of foodies who enjoyed the BFF event last April and I can hardly wait for the next one. Best Food Forward 2 will definitely be more exciting as the best Food and Travel deals in the country will be offered by BFF2 participants.

BFF2 is set to be staged on March 24-25,2012, 10am to 8pm, at the NBC Tent. An approximate number of more than 5,000 participants are expected for this 2 day food and travel fair.

***If you are a foodie and you want to try out sumptuous dishes… you should mark your calendar and don’t miss out this gastronomic feast. New and upcoming products will be offered on the event. Definitely a lot of food choices to enjoy.

***If you are a traveler wanting to grab the greatest travel deals… don’t think twice… mark your calendar and get ready to pack your bags for some summer fun.

***If you are a food entrepreneur and you want to showcase your product. This is the perfect place for you to shine as foodies, media, family, and friends will all be attending this grand event. Whip up your best recipe because we all want to fill our tummies with the best food in town.

***For families and friends who want some place to bond and enjoy the summer season, I promise you total satisfaction as fun activities and booths will be available for you and your kids to enjoy.

SEE YOU ON MARCH 24-25, 2012!!!

To learn more about the event, you may contact:

Timmie Hilado


Organizer

Best Food Forward

Tel  +632 2119644      

MobileNo  +639177941984      

timmiehilado@gmail.com

bestfoodforward2@gmail.com