Written by Michelle Tiu / Photography by Eunick Nobe / Graphics by Kyle Rubis
Do you love Italian food, but also want to support local cuisine? Located in San Fernando, Pampanga, Parmisano’s Bistro is the brainchild of 5 people who aim to fuse foreign and local cuisine together (or #GLocal as they call it). The name Parmisano is actually the family name of the sisters turned business partners after realizing that their love for Italian and Kapampangan food must be shared and spread to a wider audience to promote the food culture of Pampanga.
Since Filipinos are known for their hospitality, the owners want to let their guests experience the same type of comfort – from the food to the ambiance of the place.
As you step foot into the place, you will be welcomed by soft music playing in the background. The next thing you will notice is the cozy vibe that the restaurant radiates with its simple but chic interiors. Here, you will find a chill, laidback vibe that you just can’t find in Manila.
Parmisano’s has a wide variety of food, but the best part is that they make sure to keep a touch of “Filipino” in them. Another good thing about this place is that their serving size is good for 2-4 people. Truly, every bite will you wanting for more. Here are some of the dishes you need to try:
Fish Flakes Salad with Malunggay Dressing, Php180
This isn’t your ordinary salad as it uses burong mustasa and pickled vegetables with crispy fish flakes on malunggay pesto dressing.
Biringhe Arancini (Rice Balls), Php210
Biringhe is the Kapampangan version of paella cooked with sticky rice balls, coconut cream, chicken, and spices.
Shrimp Bisque Fusilli, Php265
Parmisano’s Italian take on pancit luglog.
Crispy Porchetta with Tocino Rice, Php490
Pro tip: eat the pork belly, rice, and burong mustasa all in one bite.
Chicken Parmisanos, Php399
Did I mention that the Pomodoro used here is homemade?
Sisig Pizza, Php340
People usually equate Pampanga with sisig, but Parmisano’s Bistro has a better idea. Presenting the Kapampangan-style sisig pizza topped with chicharon pittitian!
Carbonara Pizza, Php340
It’s not everyday that you’ll appreciate vegetables on your pizza, but this one is an exception. It has bacon and burong mustasa topped with root crop chips on thin crust.
Boca Della Verita (Lengua Panini), Php245
Lengua is a Kapampangan favorite. However, here, it is made into a panini served with homemade root crop chips. Have a bite and let it speak for itself!
Cheesy Pudding and Salted Caramel, Php185
Pampanga has established a name for itself when it comes to kakanin, which is usually served as dessert during fiestas or parties. This one is a warm cheesy bread topped with local ice cream flavors like gabi.
What are you waiting for? Tag your roadtrip and food buddies and head to Pampanga for a gastronomic experience! Here’s how to get there:
KM 78, San Agustin, McArthur Highway, San Fernando, Pampanga (across Vista Mall)
Tuesday-Sunday 2pm to 9pm