Sumptuous, unforgettable Italian food at La Piadina

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Gnocchi alla Sorrentina (Fresh homemade potato dumplings in cheesy tomato sauce) This is one of the best dishes I’ve tasted! The gnocchi is soft and creamy.

Food is like language, you use it to communicate your passion.
– Chef Giorgio Matera

Observing Chef Giorgio Matera at the kitchen can be interesting. He’s exacting and precise. He can be tough and might raise his voice at times but once you see him in action and taste his wonderful dishes, you will understand why.

Passion is energy and it must be shared, he added. He’s a chef who has been in the food industry since he was 15 with a stellar career working in one of Europe’s top luxury hotels and restaurant chains, serving European and Hollywood celebrities and catering for Italian national events in Japan. He was even awarded as an Ambassador of Italian Food and Culture says a lot about his passion for good Italian food.

That’s what I have realized after that delightful evening of partaking in the new menu of La Piadina, an Italian restaurant with two¬†branches in Metro Manila that he founded with his wife in 1997. The food was so wonderful that I was still thinking about the memorable experience the next few days.

Introduced just last November the new dishes focus on the regional cuisine of Emilia Romana, Piemonte, Toscana and Puglia, where the chef hails from. These savory dishes and a dessert will surely make you appreciate an expanded understanding of Italian cooking.

La Piadina, by the way, uses only fresh ingredients. It has a no commissary, no microwave policy and you are assured that each dish you order is freshly cooked from scratch. Below are the dishes of the new menu.

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Sformatino Di Spinaci E La Salsa Formaggio (Spinach souffle with cheese sauce)
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Lombata Di Pollo All Arancia (Seared chicken fillet in orange sauce)
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Rutolo Di Maiale (Pork fillet in herb salt)
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Risotto ai Funghi e Olio di Tartufo (Italian style rice with fresh mushrooms, parmesan cheese and truffle oil). Another recommended dish. I like its earthy taste with each arborio rice plump with flavor.
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Dessert of Tortino Cioccolato And Crema Inglese (Chocolate souffle with creamy white sauce). Bittersweet and great with the creamy white sauce.
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Pasta “Cacio E Pepe” (Penne pasta with ricotta cheese)
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Crepelle Di Ricotta, Funghi E Carne Macinata (Crepe with ricotta cheese, mushroom and minced meat). I love this savory meat dish that has a complex texture and flavor. Highly recommended.
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Tortino de Melanzane (Eggplant tart)
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Pesce Spada (Grilled fish fillet with cherry tomatoes, olives and fresh thyme). Fish that is really tender and good.
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Chef Giorgio Matera busy preparing the dishes for guests

La Piadina
Branch 1: 2nd Floor Glorietta IV, Ayala Center, Makati City
Branch 2: Ground floor Solaris One Building, 130 Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
(T) +63 2 5013788 / +63 2 5013203 / +63 2 5013206
http://www.lapiadinarestaurant.com/

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications.

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