CHECK IT OUT: La Piadina at Glorietta 4, Makati
Go beyond your usual pizza and carbonara combo at newly-opened La Piadina.
2nd Level Glorietta 4 (across Jollibee),
Ayala Center, Makati City
La Piadina, the same company behind the various Piadina food court stalls around the metro, has opened a sit-down restaurant serving hearty Italian fare at the second floor of Glorietta 4 in Makati.
La Piadina’s Capellaci (P300). Click for more photos.
Serving dishes from four select regions in Italy--Premonte, Emilia Romagna, Puglia and Toscana--Chef Giorgio Matera brings over 20 years of culinary expertise to La Piadina’s kitchen. From the rich, bold flavors of Emilia Romagna, home to piadina and cured meats in the North to the olive-oil rich dishes of Puglia (where he is originally from), Matera hopes the dishes from the four regions will encourage Italian food enthusiasts to go beyond the usual pizza and carbonara combo.
The first La Piadina full-service restaurant in Glorietta
La Piadina subscribes to the "no microwave oven" policy because Matera believes in preparing and cooking everything onsite. Most ingredients are sourced from Italy while the ravioli pasta and the piadina bread (grilled bread instead of baked) are made fresh everyday.
Dishes worth trying: Capellaci or homemade ravioli pasta with pumpkin and ricotta cheese filling (P300); Le Linguine ai Funghi con olio di Tatufo or pasta with fresh mixed mushroom with light cream and truffle oil (P320); Il Trancio di Tonno alle Spezie (P370), seared tuna fillet seasoned with herbs and served with baked potato and green salad; and Il Risotto al Pesto con Scampi (P340), Italian-style rice cooked in pesto with fresh shrimp and parmesan cheese.
Chef and owner Giorgio Matera at work
Prices skew a little higher compared to their fast food counterparts but a filling meal will not go beyond the P500-per person mark. Adds Matera, "In the future, we will introduce new food from other Italian regions so there will always be something different to try at La Piadina."