Article by Jerenze Christian B. Cuaki / Photos by Caitlene Lee Uy and Desa Desiree Tayting / Graphics by Andie Poblete
Imagine sipping coffee in the morning, then eating your favorite pasta or pizza for lunch, and having a drink at dawn in an Italian restaurant. Giulius Lapino, the President of Rigatoni Corp (also managing Toni & Sergio and Parmigiano), wanted to introduce this kind of Italian dining culture to the Filipinos because it is not that prevalent in the country yet. This kind of set-up ensures that it’s okay to stay, eat and drink there for a long time.
Mamma Mia, the newest Italian dining concept at the Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, has the name of a cool mom – the life of the party with a big hearty smile.
The design concept is like an Italian villa with a cozy ambiance, complete with vibrant Italian-inspired interiors and furniture and a cool arch outside.
Cool hand-painted mirrors! :)
There’s a huge bar set-up with a complete line of drinks.
With a DJ station inside, the atmosphere changes at night, playing music that will make your dining experience more enjoyable.
Mamma Mia seamlessly combines the restaurant and bar concept into a single venue. That’s why the restaurant offers pasta, pizza, antipasti, bar chow, entrees (fish and meat), desserts complemented with Italian wines, liquors, beers and cocktails. Some of their dishes are served in family sizes, perfect for sharing with family and friends.
Some dishes are cooked in this nice homey brick oven.
Start your Italian journey with these three antipasti (starters): the Caprese (Php450), Italian Bacon and Meatballs Bomb (Php375), and Melon and Pumpkin wrapped with Prosciutto Al Forno (Php425).
The Caprese has some sweet yet flavorful tomatoes with mozzarella di buffala and basil leaves on top, and is drizzled with olive oil. It’s a perfect starter for those looking for something light.
The Italian Bacon and Meatballs Bomb involve smoky yet meaty and filling meatballs wrapped in bacon slices. It’s topped with ricotta cream cheese and served with ramekins of sweet sauce and red onions. This is perfect for those who want a more filling start to their meal.
Tip: Drizzle the sweet sauce onto the bombs for a savory taste.
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