We found an Italian fine dining restaurant hidden in the Makati Central Business District area and we must say that it doesn’t look like one. Karla and I always pass by Rufino St. and have been curious in this restaurant called La Grotta. One day, we decided to try dining there due to my uncontrollable craving for something Italian.
The exterior of the restaurant was actually filled with Christmas lights. Well, it wasn’t Christmas season yet so it’s really part of their normal look. They have stairs on their entrance and the very first thing you will see is a table and few chairs before entering the restaurant. The moment we entered the restaurant, we were surprised because it somewhat transported us to another world that is so not like the busy restaurants in Makati. It was dinner time and lights were dimmed, candles were lit and flowers were on the table. We immediately thought of this as a ‘date place’. It was very cozy and the ambiance is really superb.
I was craving for pasta so I chose Penne Salsiccie (Php 295). It’s penne w/ spicy Italian sausage, fresh mixed olives in tomato sauce. My oh my, I was astonished by this dish. It was so delicious. I thought that it would be just like the ordinary restaurants I’ve eaten before but this is different. Their ingredients are so fresh plus, they have big serving so no need to add another entree.
As for Karla, she ordered Fettucinni All Grotta (Php 315). It’s fettuccinni pasta mixed with Italian sausage and Italian bacon in Ricotta cream cheese. It’s somewhat like the common Carbonara. It was also delicious.
They also serve freshly baked bread. You may have the option to have butter or olive oil with balsamic vinegar. This is on the house of course.
They don’t have any branches so better visit them at:
AETNA Bldg., V.A. Rufino., Legaspi Village
Makati City, Metro Manila