I have three go-to Italian restaurants here in Manila: Va Bene when I want something quick, La Nuova when I want to enjoy a quiet meal by myself, and Caruso when I want friendly service and white tablecloths.
When my Ninang Ann Marie and cousin Cherry requested for pasta during their recent
trip to Manila, Caruso was the first place that came to mind. The Italian restaurant has
been there forever. And the secret to its success: Consistency.
I noticed through the years that a lot of Caruso's diners are families. In fact, we also invaded the
restaurant for a family celebration few years ago. Read about Felisse's birthday dinner here.
But it is also perfect for romantic dates. Request for the nice table by the piano. ;)
Our dinner at Caruso felt like we were eating at our favorite uncle's home.
Dario, one of the owners, went around the tables making sure guests were happy.
He also recommended this lovely bottle to go with our dinner
What I like about Caruso is the simplicity and freshness of its food. The pastas are homemade, the ingredients of good quality, and the flavors honest.
Fresh mozzarella in caprese style
Beef carpaccio with shaved parmesan
Homemade ravioli with spinach and ricotta cheese in brown butter and sage
Garganelli with porcini mushroom - so earthy and creamy
Spaghetti vongole with just the perfect amount of heat. My favorite of all!
Grilled lapu-lapu fillet with capers and olives
Lapu-lapu in tomato sauce with capers and olives
Beef tenderloin with rosemary
Even the side of potatoes tasted fantastic!
After dinner, our server parked the dessert trolley right next to me and asked if I was
interested in any. Umm… No???
Unfortunately, the desserts left much to be desired.
The Torta Millefoglie was soggy
Strawberry Pie needed oomph
Tiramisu was not bad, but not the best
This one saved the meal. It was the creamiest, most luscious panna cotta in the city.
I normally don't like light-colored desserts, but this is a winner in my books!
Perfect with a good cup of Italian coffee
As always, I enjoyed spending time with family
Make sure to say hello to Caruso owners Dario Gardini and Emilio Mina and
expect these charming gentlemen to make you feel right at home
What?! There's a Caruso in Boracay??? Also opening soon in
McKinley Venice Mall!
See my previous post on Caruso here.
Caruso Ristorante Italiano: 210 Nicanor Garcia Street (formerly Reposo), Makati City. Tel: +632 859-2451