There are a lot of Italian restaurants in Manila but there are only a few that can be considered good. Trattoria Gourmet is an Italian restaurant we frequently pass by whenever Karla and I are in Shangri-la Mall. It can be considered as a familiar place for me (although I haven’t really dined there for ages) because it’s associated with Gourmet Cafe in Cavite, where my family and I used to dine. That is why I am confident that Trattoria Gourmet will serve us fresh and quality food, just like in Gourmet Cafe. Well, it didn’t fail me at all.
bread basket appetizer with pesto-butter pate
Their menu offers quite a number of pizza and pasta choices. Aside from that they also have beef, chicken and seafood entrees. They also have eat-all-you-can salad which I believe costs around Php 200-250.
We didn’t order appetizer anymore because they already gave us the bread basket, which is by the way on-the-house. The pesto-butter pate tastes good. It’s not too oily and they used fresh basil 🙂 .
I was craving for seafood then and the waiter suggested that we order their best seller, Linguine alle Vongole (clams in white wine, garlic and olive oil). The pasta was very simple and no heavy sauces. That’s how I like my pastas. I’m glad that they placed more than 3 pieces of clams on it because in some restaurants, they would only put quite a number of it. Also, as you can see in the photo above, the clams weren’t tiny compared to others that would easily vanish in your mouth in just one chew.
As for our pizza, the waiter suggested another best seller which is the Boscaiola which has pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, salami, bacon and cheese as toppings. It’s like their “meat-lovers” pizza. Karla wants something heavy that’s why we ordered this. The pizza is thin crusted and they have 2 types of serving sizes: round (8 slices) and square (12 slices). We weren’t disappointed with the pizza. It’s really to die for. One of the best thin crust pizzas I’ve ever tasted.
Most of their dishes are good for 2-3 people, of course depending on one’s appetite. Their price ranges from Php 200-700. If you decide to dine there, a budget of Php 300-350 is enough to enjoy 2 of their dishes.
Trattoria Gourmet, Shangri-la Plaza Mall
5th Level, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Boulevard
Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila