Caffe Puccini

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Exterior (front)

Exterior (front)

 

Italian cuisine never fails to come up with new ideas to make ancient recipes sparkle with wonderful flavor.

Known for its simplicity, it can yet boast as one of the richest and most varied cooking in the world. Not surprisingly, many Italian dishes have only four to eight ingredients that make up the basic fare.

I am always on the look out for authentic Italian restaurants. It is a delight to discover some of them in my foodie explorations. Caffe Puccini is one such truly homey Italian cafe with its unmistakable lovely and romantic ambiance.

 

Interior

Interior

 

Together with my lively friends, we tried out this enticing joint. We started our meal with a basket of freshly baked bread served with liver pate. The smooth and rich liver pate served to our liking was a great complement to the light and airy bread. It was enough to sate our appetites. But voracious eaters as we were, we yearned for more.

 

Complimentary bread basket

Complimentary bread basket

Liver pate

Liver pate

 

We became excited to try something new and opted for the Arugula and Mango salad with balsamic vinegar. Arugula, which has a fresh peppery mustard flavor, is an herb that’s gaining wider acceptance as a key ingredient in fresh salads.  The mango added in it gives a sweet, juicy and refreshing kick to the dish. Far from filling our hungry tummies, it served to tease our appetite instead.

 

Insalata di Rucola Mango

Insalata di Rucola Mango

 

Then came the more difficult part, that is, to choose from among the wide array of pasta being offered to the delight of the group. Being a pasta lover myself, I had to decide first which to choose from, what with the tempting choices being presented before me all craving for my attention. The choices consisted of whether I would have a tomato-based, or cream-based, or oil-based pasta. Without much ado, I settled for Fettuccine with mushrooms in truffle oil. It turned out to be a great choice because mushrooms really do go well with pasta. The pasta itself was well-seasoned, cooked al dente and had a rich and full-bodied flavor.

 

Fettucini con Funghi e oglio de Tartufo

Fettucini con Funghi e oglio de Tartufo

 

Caffe Puccini is also known for its risotto, a rice dish flavored with a variety of ingredients cooked with broth. This is a nice spinoff from the usual plain steamed rice or fried rice. It is a playful mix of cream, seafood, cheese and spices simmered in perfectly cooked rice that made it aromatic and flavorful. Indeed, it would be more difficult not to be truly enamored by this dish.

 

Risotto Spinach & Gamberetti

Risotto Spinach & Gamberetti

 

The menu says it all from classic pizza and pasta dishes to seafood and steak. A distinguishing feature is the “make-your-own pizza metro” with length that can range from .5m to 1m long. Overall, the experience was worth the money we spent as all our expectations were met. Now I know why it remains on top of many people’s favorite list of Italian restaurants that offer authentic Italian cuisine.

 

 

Caffe Puccini
  Unit 12, The Fort Strip Bonifacio Global City
  Taguig City, Metro Manila
  Philippines
  (02) 816-3055
  http://www.caffepuccini.com

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose, we paid for our meals.

3 comments

  1. lorrie morales says:

    What makes Caffe Puccini on top of my list is the way they remain true to their claim of not just serving the finest Italian cuisine but also one of the most friendly place I have been to. Kudos and More power!

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