Grande Torino

59 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig, Metro Manila

Grande Torino
4.0
4.0 Stars

12 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 5
  • 4 stars 3
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 15 Reviews
  • 57 Recommend
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Category:
Italian
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 12:00a
Phone
+639184363796

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Delivery:
No
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Alcohol:
Beer & Wine Only
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Mikkel R.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Mary Love S.
3.0 Stars

Social media makes me fat. There, I said it. Every time I see a food post, I drool and I always end up asking the postee (is that even a term?) where he or she got that particular dish. Soon, I find myself sitting in the same restaurant giddily munching like there’s no end. And it happened again last weekend. Maybe I will lose weight if I stop checking Instagram and Facebook. Hmm… Nah. Even if I don’t check, I sense it.

The stop of the day is courtesy of H’s Instagram post. Her caption made me so curious that I just have to change my plan of exploring Teachers Village to a Kapitolyo food trip. Luckily, J was okay with the sudden change (since we plan on having lunch at Blacksoup Café + Artspace). Sorry J for being a fickle-minded foodie.

Presenting… Grande Torino.

The place was a bit away from the bustling area of restaurants of Kapitolyo. You can surely miss this restaurant if you have no idea that there’s an Italian restaurant in this area as it is slightly hidden with only Smile Elephant Thai Restaurant as the other restaurant nearby.

If I recall it right, there was only one other table occupied when we arrived and it was lunch time on a Saturday. I guess the place is still yet to be discovered.

The friendly waitress guided us on what to order and we went with the following: Patè di tonno(PHP65), 4 Stagoni (PHP490), Filetto(PHP350/100 grams with 300 grams as minimum order), and Green Apple Yoga juice (PHP120) while J had wine.

Service was rather quick. First served were our drinks and I was surprised (and felt rather dumb too) to find out that Italian Yoga Juice meant that the brand is Yoga and it came from Italy. I thought it was something preferred by yogis! The server gave me another glass, this time with water as she mentioned that the juice is too concentrated. It was fine with me though.

Next served was the appetizer. To be honest, the patè lacks taste. I coudn't taste the tuna and anchovies. In short, it was forgettable.

The angus beef tenderloin filet was served next and to our surprise, it was plated in a very simple manner. It made me wonder if that's how steaksshould be served and I was just lack culture in my blood. (Will Yakult do the trick? Fine, it's a corny joke.)

It was split into two as J and I have different preferences with our meat. He prefers his medium rare while I prefer mine medium well. In the end though, both were slightly bloody and quite gummy as well.

The pizza though was good. I was surprised with the size of it as it was pretty big for two people to finish. Indeed, it was greasy but I enjoyed it. I loved the ones with Parma ham and the one with artichokes. I didn't try the one with olives since I am not fond of it. The one with mushrooms on top was slightly bland.

I am still not giving up on this restaurant though. H was very happy with her experience so I will give this another go. But I will definitely skip the Filetto and Patè di tonno. Perhaps pasta this time?

#12Days

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Kwokie K.
4.0 Stars

A nice Italian place along Kapitolyo! We were actually going to another place but the entire building didn't have electricity so we move and found this via looloo!

Ordered the marguerita pizza, the grilled pork chop (no way can I spell or pronounce correctly the Italian menu entry) and the pesto genevese

Pork chop was grilled really well, nice and juicy - the sautéed potatoes side was really good too! The pesto was home made, but the only "downside" was the basil on the pizza having only 2 leaves. 128513 they used dried basil condiments as the main topping. (Hence the 4 stars.)

Will go back again in the future to try the other dishes! It's just a little further in than the usual Kapitolyo restaurants so don't think that you're lost - you're just not there yet.

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars

Had lunch in this little quaint place by Kapitolyo. It's an Italian restaurant which also doubles as a bar at night. Offers both indoor and outdoor seating.

It would be pretty weird to ask them what their specialty is since it's an Italian place - of course they would say that it's the pasta, so I asked what people order other than the pasta and the pizza. They said that it would have to be the grilled items. 128076

Got the grilled pork chops and it comes with a side. I chose the potatoes with parsley. Grilling pork is hard since it becomes tough easy - mine was still juicy and tender. Flavor wise - 128077! The potatoes was nice too, cooked with some olive oil.

Will go back with the wife and try the other dishes!

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Rein M.
3.0 Stars

A quaint and cozy restaurant along West Capitol Drive (the less crowded street in Kapitolyo). The interior is like a wood cabin.

Their food is quite expensive. Pasta dishes cost around P250 and up. Twelve inch pizza will cost you P300 and above depending on the toppings.

Will I come back? Probably if I'm not too hungry because servings are quite small.

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Veanney V.
5.0 Stars

Dined in solo cos I was craving for truffle cream pasta and no one was home plus my bf was too lazy to come over to dine with me. HAHA! Sadly, they did not have anything with truffle on their menu but they did have something "creamy" which lead me to ordering their best selling carbonara.

They make you choose the type of pasta that you would want to go with your order. I asked for their recommendation: spaghetti. The pasta was al dente (firm) just the way I like it! The owners were kind enough to offer me truffle oil to gratify my truffle cravings for a minimum amount of... P30! They gave me the whole bottle! I almost finished it 128557 I know truffle oil is an atrocity to gastronomy but it was the closest thing to truffle shavings 128557

After almost glugging down the entire bottle of their tartufo bianco. I decided to order a scoop of their gelato. (Cant pass on a wonderful italian creation!) I ordered salted caramel as it was their best seller and it was the most appealing to my palate after having tried all of their flavors (abusado? Hahahaha).

Ambiance is really really nice. It feels like youre in a different place! Reminds me of old swiss inn's vibe, but better! The owners were wonderfully accommodating as well as their staff. They're also of Italian origin. One of the 2 Italian dudes there has a Filipina wife who co-manages the resto. She's very kind AND pretty!

I've been finding the time to revisit this place with my boyfriend so we could eat by the bar for a different dining experience. Hehe.

PS
They also have a wide selection of wine if you're into that 128539

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Edwin I.
5.0 Stars

I'm loving Grande Torino's Black Risotto. I still can't get over their delicious rich seafood dish. The rice dish was cooked in sweet black squid ink, butter, and spices. Their use of vino blanco added a divine sweet flavor to the dish. The squid pieces were so tender. The arborio rice grains, perfectly cooked to a nutty, chewy consistency with that requisite creamy consistency. The dish, in all its richness and flavor, was perfect for sharing.

The dish is not listed in their menu. It is one of their new dishes created in time for the Lenten season. Grande Torino's gracious and friendly owner, Farrah, recommended this meat-free new dish concocted by her Italian husband and brother-in-law.

I asked her how they managed to maintain the tenderness of the squid bits. She explained that aside from not over cooking the seafood, they buy their seafood ingredients freshly caught and packed in ice. They don't freeze the seafood thereby retaining the freshness and tenderness of the meat.

I'm keen to come back pretty soon to try their other new seafood dishes. Their Seafood Risotto (clams, squid, shrimps) and Seafood Pasta (crab, fish fillet, squid, clams) sounded real good.

Grande Torino's Black Risotto comes highly recommended to foodies who enjoy risotto dishes and to foodies who want to venture on seafood dish indulgence.

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Annallie Mae Y.
4.0 Stars

Yummy food; staff excellent!

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Benedict T.
2.0 Stars

Nice quaint place in the more quiet side of kapitolyo. Ordered a minestrone, carbonara pasta, puttanesca pasta, a marinara pizza and the beef scallopine. Unfortunately nothing worth coming back for...

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Kai C.
4.0 Stars

First time to try this few weeks ago!

The place is quite hidden haha now I'm starting to believe that good food are found on secret places haha!

Ofcourse we tried, Carbonara with cream! It's really good huh! 127775127775127775127775 and a bit different from the usual. They topped it with guanciale - cured pork cheeks as I thought of bacon. Haha! They also have Carbonara without cream will surely try it next time.

We ordered Margerhita Pizza, what was really the hit was the dough! It was realllllly ugggggh so tasty! I asked the waitress on how its made, she told me that it was a recipe of the owner not the usual dough used in any other place. It's really delicious this is a must-try! I am not really a fan of real tomato based pizza but ill give 127775127775127775127775 stars!

Service was great, the waitress was so kind I left my phone then she was rushing to our car just to give it back haha! Thank God!

Will go back for that Carnonara without cream haha!

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Joseph C.
5.0 Stars

rib eye wagyu, carbonara, risoto - excellent food and service! nice. authentic italian food. italian owners also have a hotel in El Nido.

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Joey S.
5.0 Stars

This carbonara (with cream) was exquisite! What I originally thought to be bacon was actually guanciale (cured pork cheeks). Perfect blend of saltiness and smokiness. The best carbonara I've had. Next time I'll try the "original" version (without cream)

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Maoi A.
5.0 Stars

Authentic pesto and great service!!!

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Joey S.
4.0 Stars

The Diavola Pizza is a combination of tomato, mozarella, calabrese (spicy salami) and chili. The tomato sauce is obviously homemade but just lacks a bit of savoriness and depth. What saved this pizza was the superb spicy salami. The spaghetti all'arrabiata was rich in flavor without overpowering the taste buds. The tiramisu was okay. It could've used a bit more coffee liquet. Overall though we enjoyed the wonderful meal.

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Edwin I.
4.0 Stars

Grande Torino is the newest kid in the Kapitolyo Foodie strip . It pretty much offers "lutong-bahay" Italian cuisine . A place that offers a straightforward menu of Italian comfort dishes ranging from appetizers, pizzas, grilled meats, coffee. At night time the place doubles as a bar. This place adds to the list of different food specialities within the Kapitolyo area.

Grande Torino evokes a rustic homey taverna. Named after Turin, the northern part of Italy near the border of France, where the owners come from. From their use of unfinished rough wood, stained glass door, a bar, and a gas griller in the middle of the indoor dining area. Indoor seating is adequately small. More outdoor al-fresco seating which is used for night-time customers who wish to come and enjoy their alcoholic offerings. Italian and Philippine flags adorn both the inside and the outdoor facade of the restaurant. Framed photos of scenes of snow covered mountains in Torino hang about the walls.

The restaurant is owned and operated by a team consisting of two Italian brothers together with one of the brother's Filipina wife. They originally moved to the Philippines to open a B&B in El Nido , Palawan. After a few years, decided to venture into the food business in Manila through this establishment.

Decidedly, the stand outs this visit were their Risotto Milanese, grilled Beef, and Marocchino. Their Margherita Pizza , Pistachio Gelati, and Bolognese were ok.

I liked the Risotto Milanese. The arborio rice nicely cooked into a nutty, chewy, yet sticky consistency. The broth of Parmegiano , saffron, white sauce, all nicely brought together with a delicious hint of white wine. Further topped with grated Parmegiano. In all its richness, the dish wasn't overwhelming.

The Margherita Pizza was ok. The crust was ordinary although I could tell it was made from scratch. The tomato sauce was just right and a bit on the bland side. The thing though that Made the pizza better was their use of loads of Mozarella cheese that nicely melted into a stringy goo.

The Grilled Beef was good. Beef spiced with minced herbs freshly plucked from their outdoor herb flower box. Drizzled with olive oil and grilled to my preferred cooking using their indoor grill.

Their Bolognese, was ok. I guess I was expecting something more savory and saucey. Theirs was lightly sauced but did have a lot of ground flavored meat. I adjusted the dish to my liking with more parmesan and chili flakes.

Their Pistachio Gelati was ok. It was creamy but was missing the chopped pistachio bits that I was perhaps looking for. For only 80 bucks a scoop, I couldn't complain more.

I did love their Marochinno. It is an Italian coffee prep. It is basically similar to a cappuccino. Served in a nice small cup, the cup is initially dusted with cocoa powder. After which, a shot of espresso or ristretto is poured into the cup. Topped with latte foam and further dusted with cocoa powder. I loved the nutty, creamy, coffee beverage that had a nice bitter cocoa kick.

Service is engaging and friendly. Farah,the Filipina wife, pretty much makes customers feel at home. She even offered her assistance should we plan a trip to Italy or El Nido. Her Italian brother in law, Luka, heads the kitchen and whips their house specialties.

Based from my first visit, I think this place has a lot of promise. Pricing is on the average . Pizzas and pastas between 200-300. Grilled meats and fish depend on the weight.

Will do come back to try their other grilled dishes and more of their Risotto. Moreover, would come back for their good Italian coffee preps. Aside from more of the good Marocchino, I'm eyeing their Bianchi Cafe and their espresso spiked with Italian liquor.

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