Talk about Italian dishes I’m no expert other than my palate had improved over the years, in some way my sensory organs can identify now how fresh and clean taste should be like. From one bite I can tell the different flavors but not authencity, it’s too ambitious. I leave that to chefs and travelers who experienced the streets of Italy.
Va Bene Pasta Deli at the Petron Service Station at the corner of Pasay Road and Dasmarinas Village in Makati was a very nice find. Though the cozy Italian deli has been there for quite a while now it was only November of last year when we found time to visit. Christmas feels eh so I wanted us to try something else other than the customary Chinese lunch on weekend.
Ze husband sometimes had qualms of my restaurant pick especially if the location is not as impressive as the neighboring Rockwell or the hyped Kapitolyo. For him Va Bene was another of his never-heard restaurants and probably another of his wifey’s blogger project only. Hehehe.
We arrived at the restaurant past 1pm already and because the restaurant is not that big you can already declare a full house. I wanted to sit near the wall but there was group occupying it before this photo so we had to stay at the table next to it. I thought I spotted the former presidential sister at the table near the entrance, well, it’s not impossible anyway only that there were no PSGs around so I discard the idea that it’s Ballsy.
*complimentary bruschetta with tomato salsa
Okay, an intro so long must be good, please note that prior to this dining event I skipped checking out the restaurant’s menu online, I want Va Bene to impress me and it didn’t fail. The wait staff was helpful while I’m placing our orders; he had recommendations and willingly discusses the dishes.
AFETTATI (cold cuts served with homemade pickles and toasted bread). I am a fan of prosciutto, it’s a default that I’ll get it amongst tho I had second thoughts about the Gorgonzola, ze husband would be so delighted if I got this, one of his favorites.
PASTA FRESCA (Fresh Pasta), we got the Potato Candele. Ravioli with bacon, zucchini and carbonara sauce. It was filling and tasty.
Another pasta dish that we got is the Organic Eggs Tagliatelle. Portabello mushrooms, white wine cream sauce, truffle oil. It was so creamy yet no sickening feel after. The fresh al dente pasta was insanely good.
Chef Massimo you own the fresh pasta!
We skipped the main course and dessert because it’s pricey, maybe a second visit is a must plus I really need to get a taste of that Gnocchi, uhm how do you say it? Nyo-key? No-key? 😀
Va Bene Pasta Deli | 2F Petron Gas Station Edsa Cor. Pasay Rd Dasmarinas Village, Makati | T. +632 02 5569442