Weary of my usual Italian food haunts, I rack my brain for restaurants that I have not visited for quite a while. I suddenly remember Caffe Puccini. Craving for something rich and hearty after a fun-filled night, Matt and I decide to drop by one afternoon.
Named after the famous Italian composer of the world's most romantic operas, Caffe Puccini really does feel like a small trattoria with its cute Italian memorabilia on the walls, wood paneling, wide display of deli products, and the roaring fire of the brick oven behind the counter. Very cozy and warm indeed.
For some reason, I have been craving for Italian Meatballs and so I order their version with spaghetti. It was a really good dish, with all the components working well together: the sauce was simple yet flavorful and authentic, and the meatballs were moist. Truly Italian comfort food. I remember liking their pastas a lot, and they have quite a selection, too.
We also had a pizza, which was half Quattro Formaggi and half of the Pizza with beef, mushrooms, truffle oil and egg. It was good, not blow-my-mind good, but I would not mind having their pizzas again. The crust was perfectly done, but the toppings of the Pizza-Flavor-I-Forget was just too all-over-the-place for me. The concept was good (truffle oil + egg = awesomeness), but for some reason this marriage just did not work out.
Their service was, again, just ok. Most of the time I could hear the server's mindless chatter near the counter. Maybe its because of the time- right before dinner service- so there's really just two tables occupied at that point and they're bracing for the evening rush. I don't mind if the staff is relaxed, especially at a casual dining environment, but there is a thin line between laid-back and unprofessional.
Due to a relatively low seating capacity, they're almost always full during lunch or dinner, so do call to reserve.
The Fort Strip
Bonifacio Global City
Taguig, Metro Manila
Tel. no. (632) 8163055.