While we Filipinos would gladly shell out a substantial amount of money for authentic Italian food, haven’t you ever wished there would be less costly, but equally legit, options here in the country? The pretty expensive costs of sumptuous pizza, pasta, panini, and gelato that give you a true taste of Italy are understandable—you pay for quality, and you get quality—but a haven that would allow you to enjoy Italian treats every day without being harmful to your budget changes the game altogether.
Located in the Burgos Circle area of Bonifacio Global City, Casa Italia looks every bit a welcoming, cozy Italian home with its large glass windows where sunshine brightly pours in, its high ceilings, and its Instagram-worthy interiors—it's elegant but warm, holding your interest even before you see the menu. The Singaporean franchise's gelato display (32 flavors are available in store for you to choose from, but they have a total of 50 flavors, others of which are seasonal) will instantly lure you in, but before you dig into a cup of this heavenly concoction, you just must try their selection of pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and coffee—all made from honest to goodness, top quality ingredients that make for authentic Italian flavor, and created by a team led by their celebrity executive chef who has prepared meals for the likes of Madonna and U2 back in Singapore.
If you ask us, though, what sweetens this whole Italian experience right in the heart of the metro is the fact that their dishes come in good portions that won’t put a dent in your wallet. Here are some of the items on their menu you musn’t miss:
Fish Fillet with Siciliana Sauce (top) and Roast chicken (bottom). The chicken skin has just the right amount of crispiness but the meat is tender and juicy—once you pop you won’t be able to stop. The only seafood dish on their menu also packs in a whole lot of Italian flavor.
Pasta Caprese (top) and Chicken Cannelloni (bottom). Their pasta are freshly handmade and generously smothered with meat, cheese, and sauces, so every bite is a dream.
Meatballs in Pomodoro Sauce (top) and Panini (bottom). Their meatballs come in a hefty serving of meat sauce for you to indulge in, while the paninis are composed of freshly made ingredients as well.
Desserts and beverages. Aside from gelato, they've got cakes and pastries to round out your full meal. In the beverage department, they offer a great deal: Pick a gelato flavor of your choice and they will turn it into a drink, coffee-based or not, your choice.
Gelato. Theirs are smooth, sweet, and creamy in all the right ways—chocoholics will love the Ferrero Rocher, Toblerone, and Dark Truffle flavors, while the more adventurous ones will surely get hooked on the Whiskey and Durian flavors. They also combine their gelato with liquor to create their special concoction called liquorati.
"The soul is Italian food, the executive chef is Italian, but the heart is definitely Filipino—excellent servce service from the heart is our mantra," says Philippine franchise owner Jay Tan. Bring your family, your barkada, and your colleages, because that's how home is supposed to be enjoyed—with the people who matter most to you. Casa Italia is at Shop 5, Forbestown Rd. Burgos Park Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Contact +632-8138138 for inquiries.
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Photographs Vyn Radovan