Carbo-loading, Italian-Style at La Piadina
Last Monday, wife and I were invited for a food-tasting night at La Piadina, a cozy Italian restaurant in Legaspi Village, Makati Central Business District. Their branch at Solaris-One Building is very accessible, Dela Rosa is just a parallel street with Ayala Avenue, and parking is available nearby. In my opinion, I can say that Italian cuisine is healthier, compared with other European cooking, theirs uses a lot of healthy oils, tomatoes and herbs. Long-distance runners and athletes may want to try carbo-loading, the Italian-style at any of the two La Piadina branches. Did I mentioned great pizza and pasta?
We were welcomed warmly and assisted to join other blogger-friends inside and were immediately served with red and white wines. We tasted samples of new entries in their menu starting with appetizers, Spinach souffle with cheese sauce (Sformatino di spinaci e la salsa formaggio) and Egg plant tart (Tortino di melanzane), followed by Fresh homemade potato dumplings in cheesy tomato sauce (Gnocchi alla sorrentina), Penne pasta with ricotta cheese (Pasta “Cacio e pepe”) and Crepe with ricotta cheese mushroom and minced meat (Crespelle di ricotta, funghi e carne macinata).
And finally, what really made our tummies full is a delicious shrimps pizza on a thin and crispy crust that tastes like a veggie cracker! Though this is not new in their menu, one of their hosts offered us to try one, hmmm, yummy!
The food-tasting event highlighted the 10 new dishes of La Piadina’s creator and head chef, Giorgio Matera, who is on a brief visit to Manila. Chef Giorgio is taking time off from his Aoyama (Piadina store) in Tokyo to introduce to Manila a new and exciting set of dishes that best capture flavourful identities of the four select regions in Italy – Puglia, Emilia Romagna, Piemonte and Toscana.