C' Italian Dining

Pavilion 5, Jose Abad Santos Ave., Clark Freeport Zone, Mabalacat, Pampanga

C' Italian Dining
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  • 4 stars 18
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Category:
Italian
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 10:30p
Phone
+63454990577

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 10:30p

Payment Options

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Most Recent Reviews

Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
7

[Disclaimer: Late post.]

The morning after arriving from Florida-Texas-Japan (too many connecting flights so I’m not really sure which one to mention), I had yet another food trip.

A friend invited me to a Pampanga food trip and I got excited with the thought of eating lots of exotic dishes (as for some reason, I have started to be fascinated and addicted to trying weird and plain exotic delicacies).

However, Mother Nature was against my goal of eating a lot of bugs that day. It was one gloomy Friday. My friend suggested that we go to this place where the guests eat in nipa huts but that idea was deemed "not feasible" since it was raining. 128557

He was raving for C' Italian Dining and I heard from some of my food loving friends that it serves really good food so I decided to give up my I-will-eat-lots-of-crickets-and-what-else-Pampanga-will-offer and we headed to C' Italian Dining instead.

The place was pretty cozy and it reminded me of one of my favorite places in Manila… Intramuros. Upon entering, I noticed a lot of plates on the wall with greetings from celebrities and perhaps restaurant patrons.

The place was almost empty (most likely because it was a gloomy lazy day) so we were able to sit right away. The restaurant also has an ample sitting capacity so I’m sure that even on busy days, you will not have a hard time getting a table. But do reserve to be sure. 128513

I noticed that the prices of the dishes were pretty expensive compared to other Italian restaurants. It made me wonder if this place is really that good. Well, I just have to wait for a few more minutes to find out.

I let my friend do the ordering but I suggested that we get a bowl of soup since it was raining. After a few uhms and ahs, our order list was this: Cream of Tomato Soup (PHP200), Kristina Panizza (PHP810) and Spaghetti con frutti di mare (thank you Charmaine Pineda for pointing that out and to the amazing sous chef Cathy and her team Kim and James).

They served some complimentary bread first with a plate of pesto with olive oil and a bit of cheese. Since it was already past lunch time, we sort of attacked the poor bowl of bread.

Next served was the tomato soup.

It was very creamy yet you could still taste the tomato. It was quite different from the soup I had from other restaurants that serve “watery” tomato soup. The tangy taste was there but there was the subtle sweetness of the cream as well. It was one lovely tummy warmer.

As for the Panizza, it was pretty good. It somehow reminded me of Dear Darla of Yellow Cab thus I couldn’t help but compare the two. The Kristina Panizza of C Italian was tastier though I hoped that they had the chili oil of Yellow Cab to add more taste. My friend even decided to put some tomato soup on his panizza to add taste (and no, I didn’t try it too).

Spaghetti con frutti di mare arrived last and it was then that I remembered that I had to be careful with swirling and slurping down the pasta. (Confession: I tend to make a mess when I eat pasta or ice cream thus as much as possible, when dining, I wear black or any dark colored tops to make those nasty spills less obvious.)

The pasta was quite good. It had this tangy taste from the tomato sauce that I love (hey, that’s how Italian pasta should taste) and the seafood used were fresh.

Overall, the lunch was pleasant. The ambiance was good and the food was great. Plus the servers were really friendly and attentive.

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PC M.
3.0 Stars

Going to Pampanga? An iconic restaurant way up in the North is C Italian. Let me share my experience...

Our orders were:
- Panizza (Margherita and Kristina)
- Pasta (Spaghetti with meatballs, and Penne Roberto)

The panizzas were absolutely satisfying. Truth be told, I was skeptical to try the panizzas at first because Yellowcab's Dear Darla is a favorite of mine. However, after trying their version of the panizzas, I immediately loved it! Thin, not oily, and very tasty. I liked the Margherita more than Kristina.

The pastas weren't any special. The spaghetti with meatballs was too sour, and the meatballs were too floury for my liking. The Penne Roberto, on the other hand, was quite bland so I can't say I liked it.

Overpriced food, not exactly what I expected from an authentic Italian resto. Glad I split the bill with four other people though, so it isn't too painful in the pocket 128541

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Avery S.
4.0 Stars

A fine dining restaurant that serves tremendous food! We ordered Slow Roasted Lamb Ribs in Aromatic Spice Rub and Risotto Kristina. This roasted lamb was so so delish! I totally love this dish! On the other hand, risotto kristina was Ok but not really over the top..

I'll definitely come back and try their famous panizza!

Slow Roasted Lamb Ribs in Aromatic Spice Rub (good for 2) P1,100
Risotto Kristina P865
Italian Soda (peach and pomegranate) P100

What to expect from this resto:
✔ great food
✔️ great service
✖️ pricey

fine dining restaurant = pricey food 128540

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Maureen L.
4.0 Stars

Went to the original branch in Clark to have a taste of ---

St Jacques - panizza of shrimp, scallops 11088110881108811088
Perfect combination of seafood

And

Roberto pasta - penne and chicken in cream sauce 11088110881108811088
Similar to carbonara but better

The only downside is of course the price. Spent around P1500 for 2 pax 128563128299

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Don T.
4.0 Stars

Love the panizza topped with fresh arugula! A lil expensive though but when in clark be sure to save some budget for you to try out!

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Anne L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Redge G.
4.0 Stars

Good food & ambiance 128077 The Kristine Panizza was delicious. The spinach ravioli was just okay. Prices are quite expensive though.

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Lena L.
5.0 Stars

Panizza ftw!
Newest location of C' italian dining is at Berthaphil, Clark Field
It's worth the price. 128536128536128536128540128540128541128539
Go visit the cozy place.

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Emerald B.
5.0 Stars

The best panizza I've had so far! And their pasta - tomato & cream based - delicious! Inside is the rustic ambience of its huge gray masonry complementing the colorful paintings, and outside, a romantic garden with beautiful statues made even lovelier by the ambient glow of Christmas lights. The signed plates with rave reviews hung all over the foyer says it all - this restaurant is excellent. To top it all off, the staff is also very friendly & professional. This place is gonna cost you, but you get what you pay for. I believe they moved to Clark now though & finally opened a branch in Manila!

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Chris L.
5.0 Stars

First time to taste a PANIZZA! 127829

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Deni P.
5.0 Stars

Best. Panizza.
If you tasted this panizza first and tried others, you probably got disappointed with the others. The pizza crust is ultra thin, crispy but not tough. The toppings are top-of-the-line. One panizza is not enough. Whenever we are in Angeles, Pampanga, we always drop by for C' authentic italian. They opened a branch in City Golf, which i have yet to try and compare with the one in Angeles.

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Kiko G.
4.0 Stars

We've been hearing a lot of recommendations to try C's Brick Oven Panizzas. We wanted to eat pasta or anything Italian so, trying out this highly recommended restaurant in Clark was perfect.

Our expectations were set that the food is pricey. I was expecting it to be around 500 pesos per dish but when I looked at the menu, ball park figure, P700. Phew!! This better be good.

We ordered Rolls Royce (P845), Penne Roberto (P710) and Spaghetti Con Fruti Di Mare (P710).

Rolls Royce is their house seller for Panizzas. Topped with salami, shrimp, US scallop flakes and sundried tomatoes served with arugula and alfalfa sprouts, it is by far the best panizza that I have ever tasted. The panizza itself was delicious and had the perfect temperature. The arugula and sprouts were fresh adding flavor and texture. Pricey but definitely worth every peso.

Spaghetti Con Fruti Di Mare has salmon, mahi-mahi, prawns and mussels in light virgin oil and pomodoro sauce. I didn't get to try it because it has fish but I did try the pasta to savor a little and it was seafoody good although it's not my cup of tea.

Penne Roberto was delicious and rich because of generous portions of fish fillet, sundried tomotoes, gorgonzola cheese and roasted garlic. The richness of the flavor was too strong though for my Pinoy palate and I wasn't able to finish it but don't get me wrong because I enjoyed eating it.

The prices are not pocket friendly but if you are willing to pay such an amount to experience authentic italian food, then this place is a must try.

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Was able to try this uber famous place a couple of weeks ago when we went to Clark. We decided to try it on our way back, like a heavy meryenda meal.
Upon opening the menu, I was a bit taken aback by the prices. They were a bit steep for a resto located right beside a gas station. But, we were there already so whatevs. We got the most affordable panizza which was Php700 and an order of Ravioli which I think was Php800. Thankfully, they had complimentary bread with olive oil and pesto which we loaded up on (in case d kme mabusog, haha)
The panizza arrived and it was actually not bad in size. But it was delicious! You can really taste the freshness of the cheese and the crispness of the crust. The ravioli was very good as well, the spinach and ricotta filling was very good!
Surprisingly, the meal was enough for 4 adults.
Final verdict is, it's a very good, authentic restaurant. Just be ready with your cash ü

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Melanie Z.
4.0 Stars

My friends and I had a random Pampangga food trip... Our first stop was at C's at clark freeport petron station.

We ordered the Katrina panizza. Before that, they served us warm bread and some pesto dip. It was good. Promptly came our panizza. It was long strips... Crispy on the sides but had enough cheese to roll-up nicely with a good amount of arugula and alfalfa sprouts.

It was a bit pricy but I think we got good value for our money. Want to try the one at City Golf.

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Sheila S.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Ginny B.
5.0 Stars

saraaaappp!! i don't normally eat arugula, but this time, i didn't mind at all. their panizza is so good! pricey, but worth it.

ordered their penne roberto (cream based) and i loved it too. careful though if you hate bleu cheese because this has gorgonzola (which is a bleu cheese). good thing i've learned to like 'amag cheese' haha.

steak was okay, i liked the potatoes that came with it.

lighting of resto was too dim, aircon was directly behind me and water refill was slow, but whatever.. 2 thumbs AND 10 toes up because they've got the best panizza!

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Anthony Matthew C.
4.0 Stars

On a random trip up north, I finally got to try C' Italian, the origin of the famed Dear Darla pizza of Yellowcab.

It doesn't look much from the outside but inside, it's got quite a posh interior. You are greeted by a wall of plates signed by different famous people.

They first serve you warm bread with a basil, olive oil and parmesan cheese dip. Our orders were the Rolls Royce Panizza and the C' Italian Bruschetta.

The Rolls Royce Panizza came first. It costs around 900+ but it serves 3 people well. Still quite pricey but you can immediately taste the difference of the quality versus a Yellowcab dripping with that much oil. Their serving of alfa-alfa and arugula was more than needed.

The Bruschetta came in last. It costs around 400 pesos. I liked it. But you have to be a fan of tomatoes, olives and cottage cheese to appreciate it. It was quite fresh though.

The only failure I had in my experience was the service. I asked for water and my usual chili oil a couple of times before I got them. Restaurants with that added 10% service charge should really do well with what we paid for.

Overall, I'd go back to this restaurant. Take your family with you on a trip up north. It can also be a good date idea going here.

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Michelle B.
4.0 Stars

Delicious panizza. The crust is better than yellow cab's dear darla. We tried Astra, Margherita and Kristina. The pesto with Parmesan in oil that they served with bread as appetizer was so good. The 3 pastas we tried were just ok. Quite expensive but good for big group dining.

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Kristine T.
4.0 Stars

Second time for me and a first for my Hubby and friends. Didn't have a blogger's taste the last time I was there so here goes my round 2.

Price was extremely expensive. But then again, price and willingness to spend more is relative to the occasion and company.
Place quite dark, restroom old and unclean and interiors doesn't coincide with the menu tag.
Food was exceptional. Bread was an assortment, hot and bottomless with their pesto dip that was enough to get you through the wait. Flavor was not of the ordinary. Taste was distinct and you know that is was specially prepared to perfection by an experienced Chef. Presentation though felt short, could've been better to justify the cost.

It was a delightful dining experience but the total, harmonious, consolidated grading for this taking everything in considerations would be 4 stars!

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Dom G.
4.0 Stars

Authentic Italian dishes at reasonable prices. Must try would be their pizza that you roll up with arugula leaves and other types of greens (I love eating but hate cooking so not really too familiar with what those greens were).

Service is polite and swift.

Expect to shell out approximately 500 per head. Well worth it of you ask me.

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