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Restaurant Review: Pigafetta Cebu

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Costollete di Agnello
Costollete di Agnello

Pigafetta Cebu Restaurant Review

Looking for an Italian place at the heart of uptown Cebu City? Read on. Recently, I got a taste of Italia at Pigafetta Cebu, a new restaurant venture by the makers of Zubuchon. Located along Escario street, the establishment’s selection of dishes will surely satisfy your gastronomic desires like what the Venetian scholar and the rest of the exploration crew experienced on a welcome feast 600 years ago.

Pigafetta Cebu facade
Pigafetta Cebu facade

Arriving at Axis Entertainment Avenue, a new lifestyle destination just right across Capitol Parish in Escario, you’ll see a glass-walled 40-seater restaurant in between Starbucks and Burger King with the letters pigafetta imprinted on a black rectangular frame.

Relative location of establishment
Relative location of establishment
Vintage-tiled flooring
Vintage-tiled flooring
Pigafetta Cebu interior
Pigafetta Cebu interior
Table setting and plating
Table setting and plating
Goodies for sale upon entering
Goodies for sale upon entering
Abstract painting on a brick wall
Abstract painting on a brick wall

Brick walls, maps, abstract paintings, wooden tables and metal chairs, vintage tiles, industrial chandeliers, you’ll clearly notice the elegant palette mix of black, white, brown and gray upon entering. With this combination, I won’t be surprised of the romantic transformation of the restaurant at night.


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Industrial lighting
Industrial lighting

A typical meal for two persons at Pigafetta Cebu would cost about 1000 pesos. All prices are VAT inclusive with a service charge to be added to the final bill.

Since we were not very familiar with Italian cuisine, we asked for their popular bestsellers.

For our Antipasti (appetizer) we had Pigafetta’s Mixed Antipasti Planks (farma ham, salami milano, mortadella, salam picanti, black olives, green olives, sun-dried tomato, sun-dried ripe mango, artichokes, capers and arugula) at PHP450.

Pigafetta’s Mixed Antipasti Planks
Pigafetta’s Mixed Antipasti Planks

What I love about this dish was the way it was presented on a plank with a metal frame base and for this dish alone you’ll taste varying flavors that will really set you in the mood for an exciting meal.

Vongole
Vongole

For our Pasta, we had Vongole (linguine with clams, garlic and white wine) at PHP320. The seafood pasta was firm and seasoned just right, and the shells were fresh and clean. The only setback was on the time it took to get the meat from the shell when you commence eating.

Pizza al Pigafetta
Pizza al Pigafetta

For our Pizza, we had Pizza al Pigafetta (house-made sausage, mozzarella and balsamic onions) at PHP380. From its classic slow-fermented Neapolitan style crust made with caputo flour imported from Naples alone, I was already impressed. Getting a slice, you’ll salivate just by looking at the separation of the mozzarella cheese, taking into consideration the generous toppings of meat and spices as well.

Costollete di Agnello
Costollete di Agnello

For our Secondi, we had Risotto con Funghi (arborio rice with porcini and other mushrooms) at PHP 450 and Costollete di Agnello (grilled lamb chops with roasted vegetables) at PHP 590.

Risotto con Funghi
Risotto con Funghi

At first glance, the Risotto looked uninviting but when I tried a spoonful, I was hooked of its mushroom goodness. For the lamb chops, I admired how well it was prepared since it smelled really good. What I did was get a little of everything on the dish and ate it at one go. And it was an explosion of flavors. Although, I wished the lamb could have been more tender the next time.

Tiramisu
Tiramisu

For our Dolci, we had the Tiramisu (a “pick me up” of ladyfinger biscuits, cheese, kahlua and cocoa) at PHP 190. Delectable at first glance, one bite could take you to a happy place. What was good about this dessert was that it cured the pig syndrome, that feeling of drowsiness after having a big meal. Laughs.

Tormaresca Chardonnay
Tormaresca Chardonnay

For our drinks, I had a glass of Tormaresca Chardonnay at PHP 160, a white wine from the vineyards of Italy which was perfect for a light meal.

Brewed iced tea with orange juice
Brewed iced tea with orange juice
Imported wines and ingredients
Imported wines and ingredients

And since it was not enough to flush down the entire course of our meal, we ordered one more red seedless grape shake at PHP 120 and one brewed iced tea with orange juice at PHP 60.

Red seedless grape shake
Red seedless grape shake

Their grape shake was good and was a first for me while the iced tea tasted way better than we expected.

Birthday greeting
Birthday greeting

The service was quick, hassle-free and professional. Since it was my mom’s birthday, the entire Pigafetta Cebu Team made it more special with a birthday song and a candle-lit cake. You bet my mom was surprised and really delighted at the same time.

The King of Sinulog souvenir photo
The King of Sinulog souvenir photo

OVERALL, the King of Sinulog’s first dining experience at Pigafetta Cebu was truly praiseworthy despite the soft opening. Great job to the kitchen staff for the culinary feat, the management and the staff as well for the excellent team effort, I’ll definitely be back for more. Later!

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