New Restaurant Alert: Rossini Ristorante Italiano at S Maison, Pasay
Have a taste of France and Italy.
Rossini Ristorante Italiano
S Maison, Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City
Open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) Italian food isn’t new to the Filipino food scene. In fact, it’s one of the most prominent cuisines available nationwide. But in a market nearly saturated with different takes on carbonaras and fettuccini alfredos, what makes Rossini Ristorante Italiano stand out?
Thomas Moersheim, the father of this brainchild, didn’t come from a long line of restaurateurs. Both he and his wife started off as engineers in the conductor business. "We just love Italian food," he says. But when their favorite Italian restaurant moved to Tagaytay, they decided to open Buona Vita Ristorante Italiano in Alabang in 2009, which only held 20 seats and a limited menu. "Buona Vita was just a passion of my wife and I," he said.
When SM first approached them about opening a branch in S Maison, they were hesitant. "We are the opposite of fast food, we are slow food," Thomas joked. Their restaurant needed ambience, it needed al fresco, and so they didn’t see themselves as a mall restaurant. However, after seeing S Maison and the beautiful view from the window overlooking the bay, they were convinced it would be the perfect place for their restaurant.
Veal Ossobuco Piemontaise
Rossini Ristorante Italiano is a fusion of Italian and French food. Their signature dish, the Filetto Rossini (P1,650), is a dish popular in both Italy in France (in France, it is known as the tournedos rossini). Rossini also happens to be a famous Italian composer who moved to France, serving as the inspiration for the dish.
Carpaccio di Salmone
A good place to start is with their Carpaccio di Salmone (P420), a plate of fresh salmon loin drizzled with dried tomato skins, Parmesan shavings, and a homemade vinaigrette.
Rossini wants you to have fun with your pizza. Instead of eating them in slices, Rossini encourages you to eat them in rolls. They slice their pizzas into thin rectangles, which you top with herbs and then roll up (like sushi) before taking a bite. It's best eaten straight from the oven, and a must-try flavor is the classic Margherita (P480).
Duck al' Orange
Their Duck al’Orange (P980) is another standout. It’s a roasted duck served with oranges and grand Marnier sauce, and paired with potatoes smothered with buttered crumbs and cheese. This dish might be unfamiliar since it is more French than Italian, but it’s definitely worth stepping out of your comfort zone for.
Panna Cotta e Mango
Mousse au Chocolat
Cap off the meal with their Mango Jubilee (P435), a mango flambé with two kinds of brandy served with vanilla ice cream, is both a dessert and a spectacle, with the mangoes prepared right in front of your table. They also have a Panna Cotta e Mango (P265) and a Mousse au Chocolat (P240), which are smaller desserts served in small bowls, both bursting with flavor.
With its extensive menu filled with French and Italian delights, you're sure to leave Rossini feeling satisfied.
Photos by Majoy Siason