The search is over! I have finally found my favorite Italian restaurant in Makati City. C’ Italian Dining is located in the heart of Salcedo Village, right beside the Salcedo Park. It may look intimidating from afar but once you enter and take a seat, you will feel right at home! The servers are very accommodating and the chefs make sure that you get the most bang for your buck without burning a hole through your pocket. With it’s original branch located in the Culinary Capital of the Philippines (Pampanga), this branch does not disappoint as it does not only bring with it reasonable prices and smiling faces -it has also brought the it’s signature creation, the Panizza, to Metro Manila.
I always thought that Pizza was my favorite Italian dish but after having a taste of the Panizza, there is no going back. A Panizza is exactly like a pizza except it is made with a mix of Panini Bread Dough and Pizza Dough. So it is a much thinner crust with a little less toppings but so much more flavor. It is served with a side of Alfalfa Sprouts and Arugula Leaves which you will have to place on top of your slice and roll up to enjoy.
That is not the only great thing about this restaurant though, click below for my recommendations.
This one was definitely the star of the night for me. It had so many different simple flavors that literally roll up into on great Panizza. For some reason, when it is rolled up, you tend to taste everything so much more. Maybe it’s just me but I swear I could taste the creamy cheese, juicy shrimps and slight sweetness of the sundries tomatoes much more when I added fresh alfalfa sprouts and arugula leaves. It has all the basic flavors but don’t forget to put some chili oil when preparing to roll your Panizza because it doesn’t make it spicy as much as it enhances all the flavors.
*But if you are allergic or just not a fan of seafood, I suggest having the Kristina which is Bacon, Ham, Caramelized Onions, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Mushrooms
The Kristina was also very enjoyable because of the right balance of flavors. Saltiness from the bacon, sweetness from the caramelized onions and the cheese that pulls all the ingredients together with its smooth and creamy texture.
I mentioned in my previous blog post that the best truffle pasta is in La Nuova, however, should you not be able to make it to that side of Makati, this one definitely does not disappoint. Made with truffle oil and truffle cream, each part of the dish is generously covered in the pasta sauce giving each pasta noodle a burst of flavors.
This is just the basic spaghetti and meatballs but what makes this stand out is the fact that they make their pomodoro sauce inhouse so you can taste the freshness of their ingredients. The tomatoes in their pomodoro sauce are quite noticeable and add a slight burst of flavor once you bite into it. It’s a great dish to order if you’re craving for a classic.
Again, using their delicious homemade sauce, they make a killer seafood pasta with all the goodness of their imported seafood. They include a generous amount of each seafood so that you have a little meat in each bite.
This pasta was definitely my favorite because I’ve never come across a pasta sauce made with Gorgonzola and Parmesan cheese. I could honestly do without the Chicken Fillet because to me, it was just getting in the way. The cream sauce had a subtle sharpness to it so your first bite is a little surprising. Give yourself 2 bites or so to allow your mouth to adjust to the flavors and I can guarantee you, this will be your favorite dish too!
I love how they cooked the steak from well done on the outside to medium rare and rare on the inside, making sure that each person there could get their preferred slice. It was juicy and flavorful. The meat was not rubbery and was quite easy to chew. All in all, it was a good steak but it didn’t stand out among all the other dishes.
I’m actually pretty difficult to please when it comes to cheesecakes because I’m not just looking for the flavor, I also need the right topping to cheesecake ratio, the right texture (for both the cheesecake and the topping), as well as the texture and thickness of the base.
I found myself enjoying the Lemon Cheesecake of Italian because they seem to be able to provide me with everything I look for. The topping was spread out evenly so that you can have it with each bite you take. The base was not thick and crumbly, it was well packed together and had just the right amount of thickness to complement the flavor of the cheesecake. And finally, the cheesecake itself was not to sweet, smooth, and oh so creamy. Definitely making this my go to place for cheesecake.
We also had the Tiramisu but this tasted just okay, nothing to write home about.
Italian Soda is basically just carbonated water with flavored syrup. You wouldn’t think something as simple as this could be so good but it is actually quite a refreshing drink to have alongside all the heavy Italian Dishes. They have many flavors available here like Watermelon, Cherry, Lime, and even Kiwi.
Overall, my dining experience here was great and though the place does look pricey, I was pleased to find that the food was not overpriced. If you are going in a smaller group, my favorites were the Rolls Royce, Penne Robert and Lemon Cheesecake so I would definitely recommend trying those out!
C’ Italian Restaurant
Address: L’ Ermitage Apartments, 115 L. P. Leviste Corner Toledo Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Phone Number: (+632) 2469069 ext. 131
Operating Hours: 11:00AM – 11:00PM