Salvatore Cuomo & Bar
G/F Uptown Parade, 9th Ave. cor. 38th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
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We had a get together for a weekend dinner before one of my friend will go back to Japan. We dined in super uber cozy place in Uptown Parade in Bonifacio Global City called Salvatore Cuomo & Bar.
Salvatore Cuomo & Bar originated from Japan, having branches in China, South Korea, Taiwan and now in the Philippines.
This is not my first time in Salvatore. I was here last year with foodie friends. That's why I recommended the dishes what I've tasted before.
🧀 A Basket of Zeppole (complimentary) - 4/5
"I am so addicted with these tiny herb breads. Putting olive oil around of it makes the zeppole more flavorful."
🧀 Quattro Formaggi (4 kinds of cheese pizza) for Php770.00 - 4/5
"Honestly, when I had this pizza before, I don't like it because it's already cold. But when I tried the pizza with honey while it was hot. Gosh! Ang sarap!"
🧀 Butabara Yakitori (Pork Belly) for Php210.00 (2 pieces) - 5/5
"Always be my favorite in Salvatore. The juiciness and yumminess of pork belly barbecue was really appetizing."
🧀 Spaghetti ai Funghi e Salmone Affimicato (Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon, Mushrooms and Olive Oil) for Php490.00 - 4/5
"The oil based pasta was tasteful and I like the texture of the pasta "al dente"."
🧀 Tagliata di Manzo (Ribeye Steak served with Basil and Parmesan Cheese) for Php1,800.00 - 4/5
"The beef was so tender. Best served in medium rare to taste the beefy goodness of the grilled ribeye."
🧀 Porcini e Porchetta (Roasted Pork) for Php720.00 - 4/5
"It was roasted evenly although it's not that crunchy as expected but the pork belly meat was so tender."
Yes! It's EXPENSIVE (Be sure to have money before ordering)! But you will experience superb service from their accommodating staff.
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Cuomo was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary last year. This is a place that I have enjoyed with my friends, but I really wanted my then bf to enjoy the food...
I made reservations for two on a Monday night and that was a good thing because the place was PACKED. We got there a bit late, but our table was still waiting for us. He immediately liked the beautiful industrial interiors... I already knew what to order from our feast the last time, but it was the first time I have tried their cocktails. I would totally recommend the sangria-- it may be expensive, but it comes in a huge glass. He stuck to Super Dry...
We had the caprese con mozzarella di buffala, still light and fresh as ever with sweet cherry tomatoes. He liked the tagliata di manzo, the tender beef steak seasoned with basil sauce and balsamic vinegar... I enjoyed the sprinkling of Parmesan cheese as before. His favorite of the night was the quattro formagi pizza-- with that crisp, delicious crust and the mixture of cheese and honey, this is a real winner. You see the classic combination time and again from French to Japanese cuisine, because it is undeniably good and recognized worldwide. This dish is admittedly expensive, but you pay for the quality. I suppose, as one gets older, it becomes more about the quality rather than the quantity. This dish delivers and that's that.
We ended our meal with Paul Bassett coffee and the tiramisu. I was a little disappointed with the new plating of the tiramisu because it wasn't as neat as before. The taste remains the same though-- really good!
We spent almost three hours talking, laughing, reminiscing, and enjoying our food. That is the essence of dining for me-- enjoyed with friends and loved ones over great conversation, unhurried and unfettered. Every bite becomes better because of the interesting discourse. It's not about eating more food, or being the first to try the newest places, or going to the most number of places. That is merely the social media take on dining...
To be honest, the most memorable dinners I have had were not the most expensive or even at the best restaurants. Some were at far flung areas over candlelight with no ice for the drinks. Some were homecooked made with the simplest of ingredients yet the best of care. Some were spent eating worms, crickets, and salad, not wagyu or foie gras. I always appreciate passion for the craft, funny and interesting people, deep conversations, and novel experiences. There are some things that are universal and good food is definitely one of them.
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Happy New Year!!
I had to write this review, because I was looking forward to trying Salvatore Cuomo for some time now. And finally! Will i be able to start the year right?
Squid ink risotto.
I don't know how to describe this. It feels like rice with soup, almost congee but not mashed. The serving was so small too and the squid ink wasn't flavorful. Sad.
Chicken leg yakitori - mix (salt&pepper, teriyaki)
I like this the most! Hahaha. Came all the way just to like one stick of chicken yakitori. Ang tadhana nga naman. I really love the salt&pepper one though. Must try.
Roasted chicken (?)
Can't really remember what it was, i did remember how dry it was though. In fairness, it wasn't all bad - the skin was crispy and potatoes were good. btw, this dish took so long.
Why are all of the main chicken dishes taking so much time to cook? I've been in at least 3 other places where chicken dishes took more than 30 mins?!??? To even an hour or so. Chicken wasn't chicken after all
Lastly, i super duper love their COMPLIMENTARY seaweed bread puffs. I can just come here to eat this hahahahahahahaha
*bow* hi 2017!
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Modern Italian cuisine with a hint of Japanese under the tutelage of Japan’s “Pizza Man”, Salvatore Cuomo. Half-Italian and Half-Japanese, SC is credited to popularizing Neopolitan Pizza in Japan.
I gotta say, the place is swanky. I love the furniture, the seats are comfy, it wasn't crowded, there’s enough room in between tables. They have several sections subtly delineated with the different furniture they use. I really like the interiors. Loved the cutlery and the glasses. You get a loud, Japanese style, Italian language greeting when you enter (of course), and it sounded like they were shouting the number of people in our group.
While dinner service was packed when it was newly opened, we were able to dine here without having to wait for a table for lunch. We visited this restaurant on June 15 based on the time stamp on my photo, I think it was only a few days old then.
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Here’s what we ordered:
QUATTRO FORMAGGIO. 770. Four kinds of cheese, with a side of honey to drizzle on your pizza.
Sarap!!! Neopolitan pizza has a soft crust and limited toppings which allow you to focus on tasting the ingredients. There are actual guidelines before you can officially call your pizza Neopolitan. The honey was a good contrast to the salty cheese. If they had spicy honey, that would be heaven. I had to ask to reheat the honey as you couldn't even pour the honey out of the container when they gave it to us.
RISOTTO AL FRUITTI DI MARE. 750. Tomato risotto with seafood. 2/5.
Not ordering this again. Risotto was too wet. Tasted bland.
BISTECCA FLORENTINA. 500/100g. paid 4500. 2/5.
Showstopper. We were so excited when this came. Came with chimichurri and lemon, which made the meat flavor shine. No complimentary sides. They cooked it right, medium according to our request, you can see it in the photo. Flavor, spot on. Just salt and pepper. But the meat was chewy. For that price I expect the steak to be like eating butter. This was not worth it.
SAUTEED ASPARAGUS / MASHED POTATO. 150 each. 4/5.
I found both sides delicious, mashed potato was creamy. My only comment is, the serving size of the mashed potato was soooo small! Like less than a cup from a baking measuring cup lang. It’s definitely not to share.
Great balls of fried yeast dough. Absolutely free and delicious. I had to ask several times for this as they didn’t seem to serve it. Ended up asking for a second basket.
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I really like this place. I feel so bad the risotto and the steak was not good, considering the steak was 80% of our bill. It was just me, my brother, my Lola, a teen and a toddler. So it was a bit pricy as only 3 of us actually ate the food.
3.5 pero sige, 4 na lang since I like the place. I've gone back a few times with a better experience, which deserves a separate review from my first visit.
Happy New Year |!
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It was my birthday week when the Kaladkarins decided to try out Salvatore Cuomo!!! 🏼
I've been to Salvatore Cuomo once and my experience was nothing but superb! I already had my eyes on their Four Cheese Pizza, their Signature steak, and the desserts especially the Tiramisu because they are all heavenly good! And going here for the second time won't just let me revisit heaven by getting my favorites but also to try out their other dishes.
I arrived a bit late (as always) because of my work schedule that night, but at least, I made it when the pizzas were just served on the table.
Four Cheese Pizza - my uber favorite pizza not just because of the cheeze but also the serving of honey on top makes it more delightful to the palate!
Salsiccia e Friarielli - Pizza with Italian sausage, mozzarella and chili peppers. I kinda like it though I think that it lacks some "catch" to its taste.
D.O.C. - Mozzarella, cherry tomato, and basil. Just light to the palate which makes it delicious and a worth the try!
Aside from pizzas, we also tried the Butabara or the pork belly yakitori and it's reaaallly good!!! 🏼 I enjoyed eating it even without the sauce! 🏼
And for the pasta, we tried Spaghetti Carbonara and Tagliatelle al Ragù di Agnello.
Spaghetti Carbonara - this is quite different from the usual carbonara. The white sauce wasn't too creamy or even thick, but its taste was actually glorious! Big cuts of bacon, that's a check! Pasta was firm and perfectly fits the light taste of the sauce.
Tagliatelle al Ragù di Agnello - Tagliatelle pasta that's long and flat (almost similar to fettuccine) with lamb meat. This one's a lot more tastier than the carbonara, but both are good anyway!
And the most awaited big star of the table was the Tagliata di Manzo. Beef ribeye steak served with basil sauce, lemon, and parmesan cheese. Gotta love this more than the first time I tried it. It was tender as always, and perfect with or without the sauce.
After filling up ourselves with meat and pasta, we decided to also try two of their best selling desserts.
Tiramisu with Pistachio gelato - Always a favorite! I've noticed that their plating quite changed but I wouldn't mind. It's still the same and heavenly tiramisu that I knew and loved!
Torta Caprese - Tiramisu is probably the most loved dessert from their sweets selection, but I'm also giving love to this dark chocolate cake served with cream and cherry on the side. I like how moist (with a little hints of dense) and dark this cake is. This one deserved the love too!
Since it's my birthday week and everyone greeted me Happy Birthday during my entrance, I was given a complimentary chiffon cake with some greetings! The usual chiffon cake with creamy aftertaste! Thank you, Salvatore Cuomo for this!
Overall, it's a remarkable experience and it's probably one of the best birthday celebrations I had!
Thanks Jayson J Patrick V Kristin A Christina R Dennis O Elaine O EJ B Marc David M and it's a pleasant to meet you Angela Marie C & Josh G!
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Once inside, you'll be enveloped with it's captivating ambiance. The lights hanging down from the ceiling emitted a radiant and romantic glow. These were the first thing that rushed through my mind when I saw the place. I think the servers were trained enough to be in that perfect balance between accomodating and aggresive. They were always ready at the moment's notice. The place was set up well enough so that it wouldn't feel it was crowded amidst the number of people that could dine in.
Once seated, we were given deep fried pizza bread. I could not stress enough to NOT NEGLECT THEM. They were dangerously addicting. I said to myself I'll just taste one, the next thing I know I'm asking the waiter for the 4th basket. Yes, they are that delicious. Don't worry it's free, and I know for others it's hard to, “exploit” these things but they are worth it. I would've made a stronger case if I had a picture, but I keep forgetting due to the fact that I'd rather stuff them in my mouth than to take a quick photo. I'd definitely take it next time around.
We had a lot of orders going around but I think I'll just mention what genuinely made me say “mmmhhh”.
Tagliata di Manzo: “Beef Ribeye steak with Basil Sauce and Parmesan Cheese” - When this landed on the table I already wanted to take a picture of it. It looked so appetizing. I was immediately hypnotized with the way it was presented. You'd have that urge to put a slice in your mouth instantaneously. The taste didn't disappoint the look. Ours were served with lemon as well. The overall experience in your mouth invited you to intake even more.
Butabara Yakitori: “2 piece pork belly”- With how it looked it was deceptively delicious. It did look good, but not great. It becomes great once you put one in your mouth. It was grilled perfectly. Don't worry about the feeling of getting sick because of the grease because there is none. The fat delivered the coup de grace. It erupted eith great powerful flavors of a pork dish.
Salsiccia e Friarelli: “Pizza topped with Italian Sausage, Turnip Leaves, Mozzarella, Chili Pepper”- The pizza was simply amazing. It didn't look fancy in any way but it was flavorful once tasted. The toppings complimented each other instead of overpowering it. You'd expect either the sausage or the mozzarella to win over the other but it didn't. Then you'd expect the combination of italian sausage and chili pepper to deliver a spicy after taste but it didn't as well. It created enough spiciness to linger over a few seconds then vanish upon the next bite. (You can ask for more chili pepper if you'd rather have it spicier)
The other food ordered were good as well but I just chose to focus on those that left an impression on me. The only reason I gave this review a 4/5 was due to the high price of its menu. The food was amazing but I believe I could find a more filling place with the same amount of money.
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father in law's birthday dinner..
mushroom soup tasted like drinking mang tomas
4-cheese pizza best with honey
aglio olio not on the menu but can be requested
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Had a quick lunch with my love! Very nice place, nice
Open kitchen, very chic!
Now the food great bread to start with, had a mushroom and prosciutto pizza and the smoked salmon mushroom pasta in olive oil.
Great place next time we will try the steak!
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I must say, I think I'm giving it 4 s mainly because I had so much fun with the |ooloo addicts! Nakaka-clingy kayo, Jayson J, EJ B, Christina R, Dennis O, Elaine O, Patrick V, Kristin A, Russel F and Marc David M. (Hope I didn't miss anyone.) It's always nice to be with people who also spend more than 10 minutes taking photos of food before starting the meal. Sorry, Josh G cause I practically delay food service time in every date.
Personally, I just found this restaurant too pricey. It was just ok for me. Food tastes great, but I think I can get so much more with the same amount of cash in another place. Plus it's Italian food. (Well slightly Jap-Italian) In theory, Italian food is simple, and Cuomo's food really was just that: simple.
The unlimited deep fried pizza dough was delicious. Buono! I can certainly say, had they not been generous in giving these throughout the night, I will not be full. So I'm glad they have this cause I somehow I felt the value of my money.
From the 3 pizzas we ordered, I liked the 4 cheese the most, mainly because of the honey. You can make me eat anything sweet-savory. I guess my palette is truly Filipino. The D.O.C. was nice, but not my favorite. I didn't really like the one with Italian sausage.
I absolutely loved the Butabara Yakitori! They were large, very tasty and very affordable! This, I'd come back for! I can imagine myself trying out the whole Yakitori list instead, and maybe enjoy their bread basket and I'm good to go. Though it made the menu a tad confusing, it turned out to be my favorite!
From the pastas, I found both recommended items just ok. The Carbonara was delicious, and the pasta was nicely al dente. I just found again super mahal for the plate. The lamb Ragu was good too, but again nothing too special for me.
We also tried the Rib-eye. We were quite a number of persons so it was ok to split the price, but frankly my boyfriend and I could've finished this plate. It was delicious and all, but again very expensive. I really liked this dish though, the meat very tender and with a nice amount of fat and the sauce did not disappoint.
I may be just in #hampaslupamode that I found everything too expensive, but maybe I'd come back... When I'm rich. (So not anytime soon. Hahaha )
It was an absolutely great night with awesome people nonetheless. I wish I didn't have to leave so soon but I had to take a flight back to Cebu already then. I'm more looking forward to seeing these people again and enjoying more places! Grazie mille, everyone! Till the next meet up!
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I have been wanting to try this place out ever since it opened. Finally got to try it last Monday for Russel's birthday!
Upon arriving, they offered the zeppoles which are really good!!! I don't know how many baskets were given but we were really spoiled! Haha!
Among the three pizzas that we ordered, probably the best for me was the Quattro Formaggi which I liked with honey! 🏻 Although the pizzas were not fresh anymore since we took some time taking photos. The DOC and the one with italian sausages were OK.
Then came the Butabara!!! It was moist and flavorful. Gaaash sarap. 2pcs for P150 I think isn't bad.
We ordered 2 pastas but I liked the Tagliatelle al Ragù di Agnello. The lamb was good! Pasta was not as al dente but the flavor was good.
Then the Tagliata di Manzo was served. It was cooked in a perfect medium rare. Served with lemon, arugula and parmesan, and balsamic sauce. It was definitely the star of the night! ️
And finally, dessert!!!
I need to emphasize that the Pistachio Gelato was THE BOMB! Seryoso. Ang sarap.
Overall, the food was good and the service was definitely panalong-panalo. A little expensive so it's a place I would just go to for special occasions.
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The venue for the surprise birthday celebration of Russel F! After a glass of alcohol at brewery we proceeded here. The place is elegantly designed. I also love the open kitchen. Somewhat reminded me of Todd english.
While browsing the menu came the delicious freshly baked zeppole. Those deep fried dough was so good. I'm not sure how many I've eaten but I think it would be around 10-12pcs. The waiter was also so generous and prompt in refilling our bread basket.
For our dinner we tried out:
For the pizzas we tried Quattro Formaggi (4 cheese pizza), Salsiccia e Friarielle and DOC. Honestly I didn't quite like their pizzas. It wasn't that flavorful. I also didn't like their pizza dough. I had a little hard time chewing some portion of it. As per Tina maybe it was because we took too long taking pictures. So maybe next time I'll eat it while its hot.
Butabara Yakitori - this one is my fave for the night. Porkbelly was so flavorful delicious. Every bite was oozing with delicious smokey terriyaki taste.
For pasta we ordered Spaghetti ala Spuma di Carbonara and Ragu di Agnello. I like lamb flavor of the ragu pasta. For the carbonara nothing special.
Ribeye steak - the star of the night! Perfectly cooked medium rare serving size was big good for sharing. Very tender and juicy meat.
Russ was given a complimentary chiffon cake. For me it was just typical chiffon cake similar to goldilocks. Hehe. Russ also treated us with two more dessert the tiramisu with pistacio gelato and torta caprese (chocolate cake). The tiramisu was really good and for the gelato you can really taste delicious nutty flavor of the pistacio. I also love their moist chocolate cake.
Overall the place is really expensive. The yakitori and dessert are worth the price. For the pizza it was over expensive and didn't quite like it. Be sure to munch on the zeppole they are really what I'm coming back for if ever.
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Finally, we're here at Salvatore Cuomo & Bar after a month of planning. In celebration of Russel's Birthday, Jayson made a reservation at Salvatore Cuoma & Bar.
We were just right on time when we arrived together with Christina R Dennis O Angela Marie C Josh G Jayson J and Elaine O. The server/receptionist assisted us to our table. I like the table arrangement and set-up of the place. Warm lights over the combination of classic and modern design of the restaurant. A very classy one. Huge and spacious too. It's really a proper place for Russel's Birthday celebration.
While waiting for the others, the staff served the complimentary bread. I like the dough with herbs, very addicting that I want to eat more of it after.
Zeppole - ️️️️ 4/5
Then Patrick V and Russel F arrived... We tried the pizza, skewers, steak, pasta and dessert.
Quattro Formaggi (4 kinds of cheese pizza) served with Honey for Php750.00 - ️️️ 3/5
Salsiccia e Friarielli (pizza with Italian sausage, turnip leaves, mozarella and chili pepper) for Php680.00 - ️️️ 3/5
The award winning D.O.C. (Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, Basil) for Php820.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
"The pizza is too pricey, there's nothing special in their pizza" so-so lang ang taste for me.
Tagliata di Manzo (Beef Ribeye Steak with Basil Sauce and Pamesan Steak) for Php1,500.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
Butabara (2 sticks of Pork Belly Skewers) for Php150.00 - ️️️️️ 5/5
"This is really good, must try in Salvatore Cuoma & Bar"
Spaghetti Carbonara for Php480.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
Tagliatelle Al Ragu Di Agnello for Php580.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
Then a complimentary cake for the birthday celebrator served. We the celebrants digged in too.
Chiffon Cake with Whipped Cream for Php350.00 - ️️️ 3/5
And... Marc David M arrived wearing the noticeable Looloo hoodie. LOLs
Then we tried other desserts like:
Tiramisu served with Pistachio Gelato for Php380.00 - ️️️️ 4/5
Torta Caprese (Chocolate Cake) served with Cream for Php380.00 - ️️️ 4/5
All-in-all, expect the restaurant to be pricey. The place is beautiful, classy and cozy. They also provide excellent service.
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Well, my long awaited visit to this Italian fine dining has finally come true. This is actually the "main event" last Monday as we celebrate in advance Russel F nth birthday.
It was indeed rainy that night, making its al fresco area empty; however the romantic regal vibes of this "bar" is immensely radiating from outside.
So the group from the brewery Christina R , Angela Marie C , Josh G , EJ B, Elaine O , Dennis O were still a bit alcohol driven when we went here. And yes, having to drop my name for reservation confirmation had us seated right away (note that i booked this before august!) but worry not--the bar is not that jampacked anymore (or is it because it's a rainy Monday night--hey but it's payday!) what to worry about is ATM. If you got no cash, the nearest is at the uptown mall itself na. (They accept cards but cash is just a must during eatups, you know)
The place inside is more regal and less romantic. Dress Code maybe a bit up a notch than your usual work clothes but if matami naman kayo, carry naman. So yeah, i did withdraw cash from uptown mall pa. Happy to see workaholics around the area Kristin A and Patrick V (ows?! LOL) arrive after my short walk.
Free as appetizers. This a must try. Actually, there were two kinds of bread served to us. The other one was ignored but the zeppole was just a hit! Dip it in olive oil, or ask for black vinegar--even the honey that goes with the quatro formaggi was good with it.
Good thing the appetizers kept us busy. Then the birthday boy arrived just in time for the pizzas!
quattro formaggi at PhP750
Four cheese. It's provolone, fontina, gorgonzola and mozarella-- yup no cream cheeses. These just tastes good with the honey! You could also ask for more honey, you sweet tooth!
Salciccia e Friarielli at PhP680
This is italian sausages, turnip leaves, mozzarella and chilli pepper. This is the only meat pizza that we had. The sausage is smoky as usual.
DOC at PhP820
Simple mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves. This pizza will never go dry at the cherry tomatoes will always bring its juice to action.
So for the pizza dough-- i think i like this better than the CPK--just eat it right away so it would not get hard. Problem is we took time to take photos (problems of a foody blogger). Then it took time for the other entrées to come out. They bombarded us with more zeppole. We were worried we might get full but that's no problem. We really loved the zeppoles
yakitori butabara at PhP120 per 2 sticks
Amazing they offer yakitori here. Yummy fatty and moist as opposed to izakaya sensu's dry but tender yakitori. The sauce that goes with is also is flavorful. Bagay sa fatty oil na lumalabas in every bite.
spaghetti carbonara at Php380
If you go for quality, choose this. The spaghetti was 100% aldente. The bacon were scanty but big pieces. The béchamel was 10% runny. Lol.
tagliatelle al ragù di agnello at PhP580
I go for taste. This pasta served was not aldente but it's hotter and tastier. The lamb was dominant after tasting tomatoes and a little soggy pasta.
tagliata di manzo at PhP1800
The main protein for tonight-- it was served with lemon and arugula and parmesan cheese and basil sauce. super moist and tender. Parang some parts were medium rare.
Of course the padre de pamilya arrived sporting the looloo hoodie papi Marc David M hahaha! Always grand entrance
Well, birthday boy decides to use his cuomo GC for our desserts!
Tiramisu with Pistachio Gelato at PhP380
They got new presentation and it's no longer in a porcelain container. The pistachio gelato was similar to casa italia's rich pistachio taste! I wonder if they get it from CI?? Hmm... But no questions it was a great pair! (Mind me i could still find better tasting tiramisu)
Torta Caprese at PhP380
Or chocolate cake with frozen whip cream in a glass. The cake was lovely. Heavy, moist and dark!
Chiffon cake with whip cream at PhP350
This was Cuomo's birthday gift to our birthday boy celebrating his nth bday! The chiffon was a little dense but it was not cloying! The whip cream was lovely as well.
We ended up singing a birthday somg in italian--not! Kidding aside, the dinner experience was perfect. Though we waited for some time for some entrées to be served, the service was great. Jenoah the server (thanks EJ i did not forget the servers name) always refilling our goblet with water and unending supply of zeppoles.
We spent around 650 each which was really not bad (i wonder if we spent more sa bondi)
I love that they have a fast wifi we were able to post pics fast too. Then there are a few power outlets too. The place could accommodate around 100 pax. The best CR ever! High tech. Lol. They also got an assistant waiting for you at the CR doors. The bar looks really cozy and royal.
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Il pranzo era delizioso. 🏼
Our sister treated us to one hefty lunch. She ordered on our behalf so I'm not what exactly she got for us.
Everything was delicious. I really liked the seafood soup, I think it's called Zuppa di Pesce. Also the pizza and pasta were scrumptious as well. Will try their steaks next time.
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It was a gloomy Saturday afternoon and we wanted to eat somewhere south for our special day. I've been hearing a lot about Salvatore Cuomo from the interwebs and from the #kaladkarins (sorry for being MIA! Extremely busy!) and since we're both suckers for Italian food, we braved the Saturday traffic.
We got there a little past 2pm and we completely forgot that their menu is different during those times. It was fine, because they're still serving their Quattro Formaggi but too bad we weren't able to try their Carbonara. It was a slow afternoon and only a few tables were occupied, so we got accommodated immediately. I've been reading a few bad reviews about their service so I think I can't compare to what we experienced, considering it was off-peak at that time. But I find the service stellar. We were taken cared off really well and we didn't wait too long for the food. Plus the Piolo Pascual's son look-a-like waiter seemed to know how to read minds; he's there a right away bringing whatever stuff we were thinking of asking for.
Now, the food:
Fettuccine Bolognese - this was quite tasty. It's simple, straightforward, but cooked perfectly at the same time. The bolognese had the right tang and consistency, while the freshly made fettuccine was al dente. It was sorta bitin, but the taste made up for everything.
Quattro Formaggi - We both were hesitant to try the pizza with honey, so we asked Piolo's spawn not to pour it yet. First, we tasted it without the honey. It was perfect. It has the sharpness and saltiness from the cheeses,and the crust, just the way I like it. It was worth every toothache (I was scheduled for a periodontal surgery the following day, so it was a bit painful pa, pero kebs!). Of course we had to try with honey, we drizzled a little over half a portion of the slice, and as our teeth sank in, we understood why people love the combo. It worked. We didn't finish the entire pizza with honey because we want our pizza with old school, but now we totally get it.
Tiramisu with Pistachio Gelato - a few people here already know that I'm not fond of sweets. And there are only a handful of desserts that wow me. This dessert is an addition to that list. Grabe. The best tiramisu I ever had. But the clear winner on this dish for me was the gelato. My god, if they sell a tub of this, I'd buy it and finish it by myself. Walang girlfriend girlfriend! It tastes like real pistachios! I wanna know who made the gelato and I would give her/him (?) a kiss! Oo kahit lalake pa siya!
We would definitely go back here. We still want to try their other pizzas, and their carbonara too. And that dessert made in heaven will always be worth the trip!
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We enjoyed everything we ordered especially the Quattro Formaggi Pizza! So cheesy good! The service was fast, attentive and accommodating. We like the ambience, although acoustics can still be improved. Been here thrice already and food seems consistent. 🏻
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Super impressed with this place from the venue to dinning and food! Loved the little selection of complementary bread basket! I could probably eat 3 baskets of them!
I ordered Café latte- the taste reminds me of a nice Italian restaurant I used to go to in London that serves a good coffee in Harrods. It took me a while to remember and think of where I tasted that similar taste.
The Pizza Salsiccia e Friarielli (italian sausage, turnip leaves, mozzarella & chilly pepper) was just perfect. Love that little chewiness of crust
Marge suggested carbonara in pasta and again... It was just perfect! The real classic style of carbonara. I haven't have carbonara this good for a long time. Last week I had an instant carbonara but got it burnt for the second time I will never trust instant pasta carbonara packets anymore.
Dessert: we had Tiramisu with green tea ice cream.
First time I had green tea ice cream was at Nanbantei of Tokyo which is sooo good!
Last time I ate Tiramisu or every time I eat tiramisu was always disappointing for my taste buds. So one day I decided to make my own tiramisu and that was the only time I was able to eat tiramisu that is more than a dollop.
Salavtore Cuomo Tiramisu is just that one tiramisu that I wouldn't mind having it again next time I visit plus with greentea ice cream! Just perfect.
Would be good to try some other food on the menu next time! I will go for the steak next time!
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Salvatore Cuomo has been making a buzz ever since they opened their doors a few weeks ago in the newly established, Uptown Parade in BGC! It's one of the most awaited restaurants being owned by the Italian-Japanese celebrity chef, Salvatore Cuomo himself. Founded with its name as the Pioneer of Neapolitan Pizza in Asia, the Italian restaurant with Japanese influences has finally made their way to Manila to bring in the most acclaimed pizzas!
I was more than happy to be invited by Laine V, together with the #TeamClingy bunch to be one of the firsts to try their specialties and pizzas about a few weeks ago!
Dastine S and I were running late so we missed some of the dishes that were served earlier that evening. But it's okay, we're just in time for having a wondeful feast of glorious food as they serve the Pizza and the Steak!!!
Quattro Formaggi Pizza - Four kinds of cheeze on a thin-crust pizza dough freshly served from their brick oven and then poured the fresh honey on top of it! WOW! I'm instantly sold! The universe knows I love cheeze so much and this kind of creation makes me love cheese even more! And the fresh honey makes this dish even more special that will surely hit the spot on the first bite!
Spaghetti alla Spuma di Carbonara - Foamy egg on top of their airy carbonara for that light taste! My usual problem with carbonara is that it's super rich because of the thick sauce and it gets cloying as I eat it, but this one's different story. It's rich and flavorful even without the sauce so it's not too heavy!
Tagliata de Manzo - This one's a sure hit for meat lovers, well, for steak lovers like the bunch of people I'm here with! Rib eye steak in medium rare which has been always my preferences when it comes to doneness! Good to eat on its own and perfect to eat with the balsamic sauce! It's also less seasoned to make the flavor stood out naturally when seared! 🏽
I'm really liking everything so far, especially the Four Cheese Pizza, and afterwards, two of their sweet offerings were served on the table.
Torta Caprese - Dark chocolate cake that's rich and good for sharing to avoid the overwhelming taste if you wish to eat it alone! It may not be moist but you'll surely love the pure dark chocolate flavor! #TeamDarkChocolate
Tiramisu with Pistachio Gelato - The tiramisu was light and wasn't too sweet which makes it a better pair to the Pistachio gelato on the side. Such a great combo to fire up your sweet tooth and ask for more!
I can't choose which one's my favorite among the desserts, since both are just really decadent and tempting! So, I'll just choose both in this case!
The place itself was dressed in industrial theme like most casual restaurants with cozy vibe and warm ambiance! Perfect for any occassions especially with your twin flame!
It has been a fun-filled night with food and great company. It's been ages since the last time I saw this bunch and was really thankful to Laine V for making it (a reunion) possible!!!
Thank you, Salvatore Cuomo for having us try your glorious food! I will surely be back for their pizza and desserts! 🏽
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Yet another restaurant concept that has recently landed in The Philippines. This is an Italian so called celebrity chef that has expanded from his home (of Japan!) to open up a flashy modern industry looking restaurant in the BGC area.
I have a very late lunch on a Sunday afternoon at around 3 PM. As I can see from all the plates and glasses on the tables, the restaurant has been very busy a little bit earlier but most costumers have already left.
The place is big and open and I have to say very “sexy”. It looks clean. Waiters and waitresses are everywhere and the open kitchen is for a chef like me, a dream kitchen. It is open so the costumers can see the food being cooked and also the chefs can see the costumers eating the food they are preparing. Of course I want to sit close to the kitchen so I can observe the small details that perhaps only a professional chef can see. However this is not possible, the friendly head waitress informs us. We have to sit in the bar area because the dining room is being cleared down and getting ready for the evening rush. I understand this. No problem. Actually, I have a very good view of the kitchen from the bar area also. We sit down in; I must say very comfortable armchairs. Perhaps these arm chairs are better to relax with a drink in your hand than to eat in. We order one pizza, One Minestrone Soup and one mushroom risotto. Our plan is to save room for desserts and coffee later on.
After our order has been placed and we have been served our drinks we are being offered to switch tables. The first table we have been using is at the window and after a few minutes it starts to feel quite hot on my back. This is being noticed by one of the managers and he offers us to sit at another table more in the shade. Great! But now things start to get a little bit funny and I notice the challenges ahead for the managers as well as the owners of this new restaurant. To make it short the serving staff are really bad. It is quite a struggle for our waiter to clear the table that we are supposed to move to, and a few moments later transfer our food and drinks that is just being served to the first table to the second table. He needs help by 3 or even 4 other waiters to assist him. Our waiter, that reminds me a little bit about Edward in the Movie “Twilight” or a Japanese Manga caricature because of all the white powder in his face did clearly not pay attention during the pre-opening training.
Later on, I discover that the tables that had been used for lunch are not cleared even when we leave the restaurant, almost one and a half hour later. There are for sure a lot of training that needs to be done here. The managers and owners have a giant task ahead of them.
What about the food? I am very happy with the food. By some reason the pizza comes first. I would have preferred to get my soup followed by the risotto first. The pizza is made of great ingredients. The bread of the pizza is crispy and the edges slightly charred just the way it should be. The Mozzarella cheese is also of a very good quality. I do not think that the prize of 680 PHP is expensive at all. On the contrary I actually think that it is a bargain. However my friends around the table start comparing this fantastic pizza with the pizzas from Shakey’s. I don’t listen to my ignorant and less knowing friends, and just enjoy the food. The mushroom risotto is also very good. A nice flavor of especially the cepes in combination with the butter and cheese. And as far as I can tell, there is not one single drop of any horrible truffle oil that many restaurants in Manila add to their mushroom risotto so they can charge an additional 200 pesos. Those restaurants should be sued! Instead I have a wonderful, not really big, portion of a creamy, well tasting and smelling risotto to enjoy. The Minestrone was perhaps nothing special. It is made of a nice tasting broth but I miss the pasta and cured pork, like the ham, as well as the beans that is very common to serve in traditional Minestrone soups. When eating this soup it feels like I could have done it better myself at home.
The desserts are very nice. We have a Tiramisu that is very tasty served with pistachio ice cream that is also very nice. We also have a very simple Chocolate Cake called “Torta Caprese”. This tastes like something that an Italian grandmothers recipe that has been handed down through generations. I like it but again my less knowing foodie friends thinks it is nothing special. Let them spend their money in Red Ribbon. I think the chocolate Cake was very nice. Even though it is served with a Maraschino cherry!
I also have to mention something about the ambience. As I mentioned earlier the dining room is very sexy. The music is so called ambient, not too loud which makes it easy to hold a proper communication. There is a piano in the bar area that unfortunately was not used during my visit. I think that this is a place that will be popular among the rich and beautiful people in Manila. The problem with these people is that they do not stay that long in one place before they move on to the next. And the biggest problem is that they do not know so much about food (like my friends). This is unfair to the people in the kitchen doing a very good job in promoting Italian cuisine in Manila.
A few days after my visit, when writing this review, it feels like the food actually deserves better. Now this beautiful creations drowns in the cold atmosphere of the dining room and the unprofessional waiters. This type of food should be served in a smaller, more cozy atmosphere somewhere in the backstreet’s as they were intended to. Not in a giant nightclub place where it is now.
I am aware that my rating might be a little low. I will be back in a couple of months or so. If the food is just as good as, or even better, and the managers and owners of Salvatore Cuomo have trained their front of house staff better I have no problem to change my rating to a higher one.
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High ceiling, a beautiful chandelier, and modern, sleek furnitures welcomed me as I enter the doors of Salvatore Cuomo.
I just wanted to try their Tiramisu for dessert, as I read mixed reviews about it. I need to judge this, I told myself. However, the staff who assisted me suggested to try their Afternoon High Tea Set. She said this contains small orders of Tiramisu, green tea macaron, chiffon cake, cream, and other stuff that I forgot. So yeah, I ordered this set.
Their green tea macaron is actually good. I also liked their panna cotta. So for the tiramisu, not really good for me. I'll just stop there. Their biscotti was delicious though!
If there's one thing that's really commendable during my stay here, it will be the service. Really accommodating. Very friendly and approachable staff. They even gave me tips and suggested some items for my next visit in this restaurant. They kept on refilling my glass with water. I liked that they were all smiles every time.
P.S. You can choose coffee instead of tea in their Afternoon High Tea set. I actually asked for their flat white. And I loved it.
I'll be back to try their pizza!
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