Wednesday, January 23, 2008

CANTINETTA

2 out of 5 stars

Not impressed with the Rockwell branch. The prices are jacked up to the hilt compared to the Pasong Tamo branch. Maybe it’s because of the rent, but nevertheless, I think they should have taken a bigger cut off their profit. The prices listed are exclusive of tax, plus they don’t offer the three-in-one pasta combination with steak that the Pasong Tamo branch offers. But I’m ranting….. Let’s talk about the food.

In the picture is the Quattro Formaggi Pasta (370 PhP) and the Deliziosa Pasta (420PhP). The pasta may have had the gorgonzola, ricotta, mascarpone and parmesan cheese as is written in its menu, but the sauce was too thick, buttery and heavy. It wasn’t one of those pastas that blew your mind away.

As for the Deliziosa, which contained artichokes, olives and parma ham, it was average at best. One thing that is good is the crust since they have a really good oven. But the artichokes were so obviously canned; and even then, they didn’t bother rinsing the vinegar preservative off too much. The parma ham was generously sliced, but it wasn’t as good as the ones I’ve tried in other restaurants. It was tough; I couldn’t seem to bite through it.

All in all, this restaurant is authentic Italian, but I’d rather go to the following alternatives: Pepato, Galileo Enoteca, CafĂ© Maestro, L’Opera…..or even the Cantinetta in Pasong Tamo! This restaurant has a limited menu like Cibo, yet with the prices of Pepato. Absurd!

But if you want to go check it out, the address is listed below. No need to reserve, unless you have a big company.

ate in:
Cantinetta, Rockwell
Rockwell Drive cor. Estrella St.
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 403-0145
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

other branch:
Cantinetta, Pasong Tamo
Ground Floor Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Pasong Tamo Extension
Makati City, Metro Manila
(02) 892-9873
Su, M, T, W, Th, F, Sa: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

5 comments:

Sakai said...

best mushroom ravioli

whiffandasip said...

I like the Pasong Tamo branch. It has better ambience!!! Oh and check out their Italian wines. They're good value as they are a distributor for a lot of them.

graey eats said...

I agree! I think I did say that in my review...The first time I went to Cantinetta was in the Pasong Tamo Branch, so think how disappointed I was thinking the Rockwell one would be like its predecessor!

Anonymous said...

Nice review. I think the menu link is broken because of the period (.) on the URL...

graey eats said...

Sakai: will try! :)

Anonymous: you're right about that! thanks for the correction!

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