I agreed although I was a little worried. Wine and cheese? We're not even dressed properly! My almost four years of hotel experience taught me that one must be dressed appropriately in social functions, and that includes wine and cheese cocktails.
Anyway, "The hell with dress codes", The Hubby said. Even they are wearing casual attire (meaning jeans and shirts).
I heaved a sigh of relief when we got to the place. It's called Galileo Enoteca and Deli, a small Italian deli shop and restaurant. Enoteca means wine receptacle and that's exactly what the restaurant is.
The cellar-like setup almost transported me to Italy. I like the cozy, unpretentious yet relaxing ambiance of the place - perfect for a romantic dinner.
I also like how the servers would address you and introduce the food in Italian. It's sometimes funny because we don't understand Italian and didn't even know if he is already spitting invectives at us, especially we were quite a noisy group.
Half of us (we were 8) ordered the group meal at Php500 per head. The the rest ordered ala carte and ended up paying the same amount plus more because they had a second bottle of wine. Tomadors!
|The boys fell in love with this red wine, Php600 per bottle|
|Assorted Cold Cuts and Cheese, Php600|
|My white wine, for toasting purposes only. I didn't drink :)|
We ordered two kinds of pasta and a pizza. I am not a pizza person so despite the pizza being so tasty and flavourful with it's combination of olives, ham and loads of cheese, I wasn't wowed at all.
|Quattro Stagione Pizza|
The pasta dishes, however, took the home run. I particularly love Penne con Porcini Secchi and Tartufata which is penne in creamy white sauce, mixed with truffles and mushrooms. It's a fantastic dish and should have gone very well paired with my white wine. But having next to zero alcohol threshhold sent me ordering for coke instead.
The other pasta is Spaghetti Arrabiata and it's a spicy number (for my taste).
|Penne con Porcini Secchi and Tartufata|
The night was capped with more wine and lots of laughter. There were also plenty of discussions and insights on wines - their origin, types, age and even prices (especially those bought by then president Erap).
Galileo Enoteca Deli is located at Calbayog Street corner Malinao Street, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City. For reservations, call 532 0482 or 0922 8328071