Location: 2/F Petron Gas Station Edsa cor Pasay Rd. Dasmarinas Vill. Makati ; 3/F, Cinema Level, Central Square Building, Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Contact Numbers: +6325569442, +639177225780
Official Website: www.vabenepastadeli.com
Facebook: Va Bene Pasta Deli Makati
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Va Bene Pasta Deli Makati and BGC Menu
If you want to eat somewhere authentic in cuisine, you don’t go to a place that screams and spells “authentic” all over its restaurant. That’s how I felt as I was browsing Va Bene Pasta Deli’s website and menu before I visited the restaurant. The Italian restaurant right beside the Petron Gas Station in Dasmarinas Village, Makati had swept so many people off their feet that even though Linguini Fini had already opened, Va Bene Pasta Deli still won their hearts.
I was very much impressed that Va Bene Pasta Deli had been nominated in The Miele Guide 2013, Asia’a own version of the Michelin Guide or World’s 50 Best that puts it in the same running with Waku Ghin, Singapore and RyuGin, Tokyo. Why shouldn’t it be? Chef Massimo Veronesi’s extensive 20 years of experience from Bologna, Verona and even Abu Dhabi in various 5 Star hotels and Michelin star restaurants makes Va Bene Pasta Deli a competitive Italian restaurant here in the country. Chef Massimo Veronesi was one of the first to have proven that fresh, seasonal ingredients are key to make great dishes and to never overpower them.
These were the very reasons I decided to visit and try out their pasta for myself.
Va Bene Pasta Deli’s newest branch is located at the Cinema Level of the newly minted Bonifacio High Street Central Cinemas at Taguig, and proves itself to be a tough contender in restaurants that are yet to be opened like Kichitora of Tokyo and Mad Mark’s Creamery.
Once again I am thrown aback by its unpretentious and unassuming restaurant interiors. It is almost unbelievable for the restaurant to be serving fresh pasta. Va Bene Pasta Deli claimed it was the only restaurant in the metro to be creating fresh pasta on the spot — until Linguini Fini arrived.
They served some Melba toasts along with diced tomatoes on the side, a welcoming appetizer for me. But then, anything with tomatoes really keeps me interested. Chef Massimo Veronesi’s wife Carolyn occasionally entertains us, a hospitality that I really appreciate. There was a feeling that I was at home instead of being in a restaurant which is quite how they run things in Italy.
One thing to note, Va Bene Pasta Deli didn’t change their prices. They kept it how it was back at the Makati branch and I think that’s very very important.
Organic Eggs Tagliatelle – P390
Our order of Organic Eggs Tagliatelle first came out. And there was no doubt, the strong rustic flavors of portobello mushrooms, white wine cream sauce and truffle oil started to linger in my senses. This had to be one of the most overpowering pasta I ever had.
While it smelled a bit off, perhaps because of the portobello mushrooms, it wasn’t exactly the same in taste. It was creamy, deliciously al dente and the mushrooms were something I liked. I recommend having this dish to share since it had loads of cream in it, you might get so full after eating one whole serving!
Lobster and Prawns Cappellacci – P550
My friend really liked this dish. To him, it was similar to Va Bene Pasta Deli’s Black Egg Tagiolini except it was in ravioli form and stuffed with lobster and prawns.
Va Bene Pasta Deli nailed this Cappellacci or Ravioli to the lay person. What I liked about the Cappellacci is its lobster bisque sauce. Bisque is normally created to enhance the flavors of imperfect crustaceans like lobster or prawns to make the meat stand out. The colors of the dish are really pretty and it’s highly unusual to be eating black ravioli with orange puree. This puts the rest of the Italian restaurants to shame.
I would have gladly some room for the Strawberries A La Milena dessert that my friend recommended but it was unavailable that day.
It was a refreshing Italian cuisine dining and learning experience for me, one that I would be eager to return to. I still have my eye on the Potato Gnocchi, the Veal Cheeks Ravioli and the Spinach Cannelloni that reminded me of my childhood days which up to now is my favorite kind of pasta. Va Bene Pasta Deli is a welcoming addition to my roster of “To Return” restaurants over the rest that thrives on media hype and sponsored reviews yet falters when the crowd has gotten tired of it.
I can definitely see why people remain loyal to Va Bene Pasta Deli.
Va Bene Pasta Deli Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||(3.5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||(3.0 / 5)|
|Average:||(3.6 / 5)|