Italy may be on the other side of the globe but that didn’t stop its cuisine from being one of the most popular in the Philippines and the rest of the world! From pasta and pizza to espresso and desserts like Tiramisu, Italian food is undoubtedly a perennial favorite among Filipinos and a staple in local dining.
There are countless Italian restaurants scattered all over the country but for this rundown, we bring you the ten all-time best rated Italian restaurants in Manila based on the reviews from the looloo app!
Did your favorite restaurant make it to the list? It’s time to read and find out! Ciao!
10. Bellini’s Italian Restaurant
Ever since it opened in 1999, Bellini’s Italian Restaurant has been the go-to Italian restaurant for those who want authentic Italian food with the matching ambiance to boot.
Right when you enter Bellini’s you’ll probably feel like you’ve left Metro Manila behind and walked into the streets of Italy. Or, if you’re a diehard Popoy and Basha fan, you’ll recognize it as one of the settings of the movie One More Chance.
If you’re a fan of tomato-based pizza, you’ll hit the jackpot at Bellini’s! Meat lovers will surely enjoy the best-selling Bellini’s Special, which has toppings likes pepperoni, cucumber, onions, salami, and ham!
Bellini’s is located at Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, and at 310 Shoe Avenue, Marikina.
Coming in at number nine, Cibo has become such a staple in the local foodie scene that no list on local Italian restaurants can ever be complete without it.
But would you believe that Cibo is actually nearly 20 years old? Yes, you read that right! Margarita Fores, who was named Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, opened the very first Cibo restaurant in 1998!
Cibo’s wide variety of paninis, pizzas, and pastas will always hit the sweet spot of any Italian cuisine-loving foodie but it’s the dips that are the consistent crowd pleasers. A favorite among looloo reviewers is the Spinaci Zola, which consists of a spinach and gorgonzola baked dip served with crostini.
Cibo has branches all over the metro.
8. Caffe Puccini
Caffe Puccini is probably the jack of all trades among the restaurants on this list. It considers itself a pizzeria, a coffee shop, as well as a wine bar. It may seem a lot but if there’s one thing that Caffe Puccini is, it’s as authentic as it can get on this side of the world. Opened in 2004 by an Italian, Caffe Puccini was named after composer Giacomo Puccini. And yes, he’s Italian too.
If you’re one of the firm believers that there’s no such thing as too much pasta, you’re in for a treat at Caffe Puccini especially if you happen to love ravioli. In her looloo review, Pia R. says that Caffe Puccini does ravioli “really well” after listing four different kinds as her favorites! The best of them all for her is the Lobster Ravioli, which is a tomato-based homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese and lobster!
Prefer pizza over pasta? Try the Pizza Cebu! Topped with tomatoes, mozzarella, mango, gorgonzola, prosciutto, and a drizzle of balsamic reduction, Candy B. says in her looloo review that “they’ve got me at mangga! Surprisingly, it was sooo good! I thought it would taste weird, but it was just like having pinya on your pizza, only much more flavorful.”
Caffe Puccini is located at G/F The Fort Strip, Katipunan Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
7. Bistro Ravioli
This next restaurant on this list proves that sometimes the best things start off small. Coming in at number seven, Bistro Ravioli began as a kiosk in a food court. It became so popular that a restaurant was eventually opened and now, Bistro Ravioli is three branches strong!
Just as its name suggest, ravioli is the specialty of this restaurant. In particular, the Spinach and Feta Cheese Ravioli in Pesto Sauce is a definite winner among looloo reviewers! Other ravioli dishes you can find on the menu include the Italian Sausage Ravioli in Romesco Sauce, Mushroom Mozzarella, and Three-Cheese Ravioli.
But if you think that ravioli is all you can find on the menu, you’re about learn differently! Bistro Ravioli also has other kinds of pasta such as the Seafood Spaghetti (you can’t go wrong with it according to Adrian L.’s looloo review!), antipasti, and even brick oven pizza!
Bistro Ravioli has branches in Mall of Asia, Glorietta, and Greenbelt 1.
6. Va Bene Pasta Deli
The owner’s more than 20 years of experience led to the opening of Va Bene Pasta Deli last 2010. Chef Massimo Veronesi, toured different regions in Italy as a young chef before starting a career cooking for different hotels, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and our very own The Peninsula Manila! Needless to say, he knows his pasta very, very well and at Va Bene Pasta Deli, all the pasta is made fresh.
Each of Va Bene Pasta Deli’s three branches has something different on its menu to look forward to. This means that certain dishes are found only in one or two of the three locations! When it comes to pizzas, for example, the square-shaped ones are found in the Bonifacio High Street branch while the circle-shaped ones are in Circuit Makati!
Va Bene Pasta Deli has branches at Circuit Makati, Bonifacio High Street Central Square, and Dasmariñas Village in Makati.
5. Trattoria Altrov’e
If you’re familiar with the local dining scene in Palawan, chances are you’ve heard of Trattoria Altrov’e by now. But if you’re one of those who’ve yet to try this restaurant, don’t worry because Trattoria Altrov’e has a branch here in Metro Manila!
Trattoria Altrov’e is known for its delicious brick oven pizza that’s cooked Neapolitan-style. Not quite sure what Neapolitan-style pizzas are? Imagine a pizza with a thin crust and a soft, nearly melt-in-your-mouth center. That’s exactly what it is! Yum!
Not a big fan of pizza? Trattoria Altrov’e also has pasta and risotto on its menu!
Trattoria Altrov’e is located at 858 Tropical Avenue, BF International, Las Piñas.
4. Mama Lou’s
Would you believe us if we tell you that Mama Lou’s has been around longer than you think? Yup, it sure has! Mama Lou’s actually began as a French-Italian restaurant in BF Parañaque called Cafe Francais before it was rebranded into the Mama Lou’s we all know and love today.
Whether you prefer tomato, cream, or oil-based sauce, Mama Lou’s has a variety of pasta options you can choose from. For pizza, the best selling Mama Lou’s Special, which is topped with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, mango, arugula, and balsamic cream, is a surefire hit! Not in the mood for pizza and pasta? Mama Lou’s has a number of meat, poultry, and seafood mains to offer!
If you’re up for adding a touch of another European cuisine to your meal, Mama Lou’s keeps the memory of Cafe Francais alive with the French dishes on the menu! Escargots, anyone?
Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen has branches in BF International, UP Town Center, Nuvali, and Evia Lifestyle Center, Las Piñas.
3. My Kitchen by Chef Chris
It may not be the first place that comes to mind when we think of foodie destinations here in the metro but Manila still has its fair share of delicious finds. One of them, believe it or not, is found in the area of Paco. Landing in at number three is Oasis Park Hotel’s My Kitchen by Chef Chris!
At the helm of this restaurant is Chef Chris Lochner, who owns C’ Italian Dining, which you can find in Clark, Pampanga! While My Kitchen has everything you expect to find in an Italian restaurant (such as the pasta, antipasti and risotto), the panizza or rolled pizzas (which are called The Original at My Kitchen) and the Grilled Angus Flank Steak are the ones that earned the rave reviews from looloo users!
Jackie S. says that the flank steak is “worth every penny” in her looloo review. As for the panizza, Shayna T. describes Chef Chris’s take on these rolled pizzas in her review as the best she’s ever tasted!
My Kitchen by Chef Chris is located at Oasis Park Hotel, 1032 Belen Street, Paco, Manila.
2. La Nuova Pasteleria
Coming in at second place is an Italian restaurant that has been around since 1978! La Nuova Pasteleria may be nearly 40 years old but it has consistently dished out Italian comfort food that has generation after generation craving for more.
Are you a fan of truffle pasta? According to many looloo reviews, you’ll find the best one at La Nuova Pasteleria! “The aroma alone will have you salivating,” Ian O. says in his looloo review. Jaya M. agrees in her looloo review, adding that the Tartufo is just oh so good, it’ll “make you regret not ordering two of this for yourself!”
La Nuova Pasteleria is located at San Antonio Plaza, McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati.
1. Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria
Before you start doubting your geography knowledge, yes, Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria isn’t found in Metro Manila. As a matter of fact, this gem of a find is located in Nuvali.
So why is it on this list? Well, its 4.9 rating (out of the perfect 5!) on the looloo app makes Nonna’s more than deserving to clinch the top spot as the all-time best rated Italian restaurant!
Nonna’s (nonna is grandmother in Italian) is actually from the same owners of Mama Lou’s and has a more industrial, laidback appeal to it. But this isn’t the only thing that differentiates Nonna’s from its sister restaurant. Nonna’s pizza offerings have a thicker crust which differs from Mama Lou’s thin crust pizzas. Pizzas at Nonna’s are served with a chili honey sauce for an additional sweet and spicy kick.
looloo reviewers recommend getting the Prosciutto Arugula (pomodoro, mozzarella, parmesan, prosciutto, and fresh arugula) as well as the Tutti Formaggi (mozzarella, gouda, honey goat’s cheese, parmesan and blue cheese), which is a “must order for pizza and cheese lovers” according to Abe C.’s looloo review.
Have you ever had mushroom chicharon before? This twist on one of our favorite pulutan is also a must order when you dine at Nonna’s!
Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria is located at G/F Solenad 3, Tagaytay Road corner Nuvali Boulevard, Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Laguna.