Ristorante di Verona brings a piece of Italy to the Philippines – Manila Bulletin

Pampanga-based restaurant serves only the best of Italian cuisine and fine dining service

Whenever the word Verona enters a conversation, one quickly thinks of the setting of the world’s most famous love story, “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. But for locals and tourists alike in Clark, Pampanga, Verona means a great Italian feast is about to take place.

Last June, the luxury hotel Swissôtel Clark opened its brand new restaurant dedicated to serving only the best of Italian cuisine and refined gastronomic service. Dubbed Ristorante di Verona, the culinary concept is an ode to one of the northern Italian towns that diners are sure to fall in love with.

“After months of smooth operation, and as we continue to deliver unique dining experiences to our customers, we look forward to your continued support as we open our 10th restaurant in Clark’s vibrant new destination—Ristorante di Verona,” said said Tarek Aouini. , general manager of the Swissôtel Clark.

It is led by chef Alessio Loddo from Sardinia, Italy. This is not the first time that the internationally acclaimed culinary master has introduced good Italian cuisine to Filipinos as he has run many Italian restaurants in the country including Tosca Italian Restaurant at Dusit Thani Hotel Manila, Waterfront Cebu City , the Crimson Hotel Filinvest City Alabang and the Taal. Vista Hotel in Tagaytay, before joining Swissôtel Clark.

Chef Alessio Loddo

Guests are instantly transported to Italy with its warm, romantic setting. The creative nature of its interior adds to its charm. Diners know they’re ready for a party as they’re greeted by the restaurant’s open bar, offering a number of handcrafted drinks and specialty cocktails. Complementing its elegant wooden fixture is the display of wines rich in flavor from various regions, including a 1958 Pio Cesare Barolo from Italy and a 1990 Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1er Cru Classe from France.

Manila Bulletin Lifestyle got a taste of what Ristorante di Verona has to offer. And for us, the best way to start the restaurant’s Italian feast is to taste its own balsamic reduction. Perfectly associated with its fresh bread and olive oil, the balsamic reduction is fragrant and light with fruity notes of its main ingredient, grapes.

Although a relatively new concept, its skilled chefs are quick to show off their Italian culinary prowess. Their Bruschetta is a celebration of fresh produce and many textures. The antipasto dish features a combination of crispy toasted sourdough bread and ripe tomatoes topped with 36-month-old parmesan cheese with a drizzle of olive oil and pesto to complete the savory experience. On its side is a tomato terrine, with tomato flavored gelatin adding another layer of texture to the dish.

Our main course showcases Italy’s passion for seafood cuisine. Its seared sea bass fillet has a crispy exterior hiding moist, flaky meat within. The natural taste of fish is complemented by the smoky flavor of pepper cream and salted zucchini.

What’s an Italian feast without pasta and pizza? Our desire pushed us to choose the Cannelloni di Magro. Spinach cannelloni stuffed with ricotta cheese is baked in a bed of tomato sauce and cheese. Our pizza choice is the Pizza 4 Formaggi, made with four kinds of cheese – mozzarella, gorgonzola, scamorza and taleggio – made creamier with bechamel sauce. Both dishes are truly elevated versions of Italian comfort food that Filipino diners will find it hard not to fall head over heels for.

Last on our Italian food journey is a risotto dish that spotlights Italian sausage. Chunks of Luganega sausage swim in a velvety rice mixture with a bright yellow hue thanks to the spice of saffron.

Ristorante di Verona outdoor dining setup

Diners can also choose to enjoy their Italian cuisine outdoors. Ristorante di Verona offers a charming open-air setting where guests can dine while savoring a beautiful view of the Zambales mountain ranges. Just imagine having dinner there at sunset, it’s a classic love story scene.

All in all, dining at Ristorante di Verona brings a piece of Italy to the Philippines with its beloved mastery of cuisine. While Romeo and Juliet met a tragic end to their story in the legendary city, at the restaurant of the same name, diners can expect a lot of happiness for every plate that graces their table.


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