La Bella Teodora
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan
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La Bella Teodora is the Italian restaurant of the heritage park complex in Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. The place is located in one of their reconstructed "old" stone mansions. It was quite similar to dining in one of Intramuros' old restaurants.
Their menu offered a good range of appetizers all the way to dessert. From the dishes that we got, we enjoyed their Med Salad, Tuscany Dona Theresa Pizza , Chicken Cannelloni, and Carbonara.
While waiting for our meal, we enjoyed their in-house fresh bread basket. Their freshly baked ciabatta, chili bread crisps , and bread sticks were yummy with their dip.
Their Med Salad was good and refreshing with fresh greens tossed with feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and Balsamic Vinaigrette.
The 12 inch thin crust pizza was delicious with their freshly made tomato sauce, mushrooms, capers, Mozarella , and a generous serving of thin Parma ham slices. The only downside was that we found the crust a bit undercooked. It would have been better if the crust was lightly charred to a good crisp. The pizza cost 560.
The Chicken Cannelloni was also good. Fresh cannelloni pasta stuffed with a yummy mix of shredded chicken meat at spices and topped with white sauce and cheese. The downside, we felt that the dish was a bit on the dry side. It would have been better if the dish had more bechamel sauce. For 400, we found the serving size to be on the small side.
Their Carbonara was yummy. The pasta was home made (they used fettuccini ). The egg-cream sauce was nicely creamy with bits of Parma ham and mushrooms.
Just like their other park's dining venues, pricing was again on the mid-expensive side. Our dinner easily cost us 600 each.
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A taste of Italy in Bataan
Headed over to Bataan for the long weekend and of course we had to go to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar! After the hour long tour, we decided to have lunch at their Italian restaurant, La Bella Teodora.
Props for the homey ambience. Felt like we were dining in a home hundreds of years ago haha!
For the food, I forgot what everything was actually called but here goes:
Tomato cream soup - wasn't creamy... It was ok but it was a bit too watery.
Shrimp ravioli in tomato sauce - this was good. My sister loved it! For me, the sauce was a tad sweet though.
Carpaccio with capers, mushrooms, lettuce and arugula - Great, light appetizer. Went really well with the lemon and vinaigrette.
Home made lasagna - I'm usually not a fan of lasagna cause it's just so filling and heavy but surprisingly, this wasn't! Still wasn't able to eat a lot since I had to make room for my favorite...
PIZZZAAAAA ️ I can't remember what this is really called but it had spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella, ricotta and Gorgonzola. So much cheese! But it wasn't "nakakaumay". Really thin slices. The spinach went perfectly with the Gorgonzola. Everything went perfectly together. Next time I'm going back, I'm just gonna try the other pizzas too!
Service was excellent too. The girl who was attending to us knew exactly what we wanted, splitting the dishes we wanted to be split without us telling her, refilling the salt and pepper shakers, etc.
A bit pricey - Manila prices, actually haha but for me, it was worth it!
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La Bella Teodora, or "beautiful Teodora", is a newly opened restaurant at Las Casas Filipinas de Azucar in Bagac, Bataan. It's located in Casa Biñan, a replica of the house of Teodora Alonzo, the mother of Jose Rizal.
The family trooped over to La Bella for dinner as we heard about their thin crust pizzas.
Upon entering, I couldn't help but notice how romantic and elegant the place looked and felt. I could imagine the tables with couples whispering sweet nothings over good food and wine. The italian arias playing in the background added to the romantic atmosphere.
Still reeling from our lunch overload at Cafe Marivent (see related review), we decided to order something light. We decided on the Margherita pizza, the risotto with white wine and parmesan, and penne pasta with meat sauce. For dessert, we ordered the Tiramisu.
To start the meal, we were given complimentary assorted breads which were baked in the restaurant's pugon. The basket had a loaf, flatbreads, and bread sticks. All were really good and fresh.
Then came their famous thin crust pizza. I can imagine why it was famous. It was delicious. The crust was crispy without being too hard. They used fresh ingredients for the topping. One bite = pizza heaven.
Next was the pasta. Just like the dishes in Cafe Marivent, they don't scrimp on ingredients in La Bella. The meat sauce was full of, well, meat. And the penne was cooked perfectly. Not too soft and may konting "laban" when you bite into it.
Then, the risotto. It was my first time. I've always heard of risotto and how it is cooked, courtesy of Gordon Ramsey's Hell's Kitchen. Hehe. That's why when I saw it on the menu, I just had to order it. One spoonful and it was bliss. It was smooth and creamy. I could taste the wine and the parmesan, but not too overpowering. The rice was soft with a slight bite.
The meal ended with the Tiramisu. Perfect ending to a delicious meal.
The family enjoyed every bite!
Oh, sorry for the dark photos.
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