Being an urban dweller who presently works for a group of restaurants in Metro Manila, I never intended to look for it. But I think I found the best Italian restaurant in the Philippines. It is not located in Manila but can be found in Angeles, Pampanga. Yes, the Pinoy palate capital of the Philippines is where the best Italian restaurant is located.
It’s simply called C’ Italian Dining. They have the best and most unique pizza ever which they call Panizza. A thin-crusted square hybrid pizza sliced in long rectangular cuts that would be best enjoyed if topped and rolled with fresh arugula and alfalfa sprouts. The perfect harmony of flavors and textures of the dish was just like experiencing a great opera. While eating my share of Panizza my bones were shouting “Bravo! Benissimo!!!” It’s no wonder we finished three whole pizzas in a matter of minutes!
It seems that the servers actually saved the best for last for they served us the best spinach ravioli and the unforgettable penne in chicken and parmesan cream sauce. Both dishes were simply phenomenal. The tastes were no longer mere flavors, but more of a lingering voice forever engraved in my mind.
Fattening, yes! But a small price to pay for such a delightful pleasure. A bit of caution to all those who plan to drive all the way up to Pampanga and dine in this restaurant. Be careful for you might get hooked, all your senses and even your soul will never forget the rich taste of C’ Italian Dining perfection.
Grabe! Kasing sarap ko ang pagkain doon!