(SPOT.ph) Whether it’s cooked in a traditional tangy tomato-based sauce, a rich and creamy one, or something out-of-the-ordinary like salted egg, a pasta dish is just as comforting as the other. Good thing you don’t have to look far to find something good—it’s practically everywhere! Today, we’re zooming in on Quezon City, which is full of amazing food finds. And because pasta dishes are plentiful in the city, we’re helping you identify the best places for noodles for some serious carbo-loading.
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Take your palate on a food trip without traveling thousands of miles—Vanderlust is a trendy bistro that highlights French, German, and Spanish cuisines. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at their under-the-radar desserts and mains that won’t break the bank, but their pastas are a different story on their own. It’ll be difficult to find Cacio E Pepe (P248) as good as is this in QC, highlighting the contrasting flavors of cheese and pepper all in a single dish. Another standout is the Pesto Bianco (P288), with sun-dried tomatoes to give it that distinctive tang, nuts for crunch, and a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing acidity. Did we mention that their noodles are perfectly al dente?
Vanderlust is at 100 Scout de Guia corner Tomas Morato Avenue, Sacred Heart, Quezon City.
There’s a reason why foodies love Quezon City—it’s filled with affordable restaurants! Many would say that you won’t find a more genuine (not to mention wallet-friendly) Italian restaurant in Teachers Village. With whole pizza pies that you can get for less than P300 and pasta plates that don’t go beyond P200, we’ll let you be the judge. The Capellini alla Putanesca (P170) is the restaurant’s version of a simple Italian recipe, with delicate angel-hair pasta cooked with tangy tomatoes, capers, anchovies, and olives. Meanwhile, the classic Spaghetti Carbonara (P180) feels like a warm and familiar hug with its comforting creamy sauce made with bacon and egg. Don’t forget to ask for extra parm.
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Friuli Trattoria has branches at 79-A Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City; and UP Town Center, Diliman, Quezon City.