CHECK IT OUT: Pito & Mita in the South

Visit this family-friendly restaurant in the south.

Pito & Mita
176 Aguirre St., BF Homes , Parañaque City
Tel. No. 826-3634
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Olive Oil Pasta (P250). Click for more photos.

Pito & Mita opened in BF Homes, Parañaque in August. Serving Mediterranean fare, the homey cafe is the latest addition to the continuously growing food hub in the south.  Pito & Mita is actually short for Papito and Mamita, which the owners (and their children, nieces and nephews) fondly call their parents.

Mediterranean-inspired dishes, classic favorites, vegetarian fare, and recipes from the family of owner and head chef Pia Kasilag fill the menu. One of the restaurant specials called Sopa de Pamplina (P120) is actually their family Christmas soup, a hearty melange of corn, carrots, ham, chorizo de bilbao, and garbanzos--a meal in itself, perfect for cold and rainy days.

The must-trys: The  Sicilian Chicken Salad (P160) with  red grapes, nuts, fresh Parmesan cheese, chicken breast cubes, and tomatoes in lemon-dijon dressing;  Eggplant Lasagna (P180), served in a deep dish layered with eggplant and topped with three types of cheese (Cream Cheese, Mozzarella, and Parmesan);  Steak Salpicao (P230), tender rib-eye cubes lightly seasoned and pan-fried and served with garlic rice. Topping the list of favorites is the Parmesan-Crusted Baked Fish (P220), baked white fish fillet topped with a creamy and crunchy Parmesan crust and served with your choice of Potato Gratin (P180) or mashed potatoes with vegetables. Don’t forget to order their  Bottomless Lemon-Moringa Juice (P60)--sweet, lemon-flavored Malunggay juice--that is both healthy and tasty.

From the outside, Pito & Mita could be mistaken as one of the residences that dot the busy Aguirre Avenue--not surprising since the owners package the restaurant as a family-friendly dining spot.    According to co-owner Paolo de la Fuente, "We’d really like to veer away from the bar scene along Aguirre, and prefer to offer a real dining experience." The interiors are Mediterranean-inspired, with fixtures designed and conceptualized by Paching de la Fuente, niece of National Artist for Fashion Design Ramon Valera.



Photos courtesy of Pito & Mita. Additional photos by Jean Natividad.

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