Cucina Rusticana: A Taste of Rustic Italian Homecooking in Makati
It was payday Friday for us two days ago, and to celebrate, we wanted to try out new restaurants but don’t want to travel far. Fortunately, our neighboring village of San Antonio boasts of interesting places to eat.
I always pass Kamagong St. everyday on my way to work and was excited to see this new restaurant with a huge sign that says Cucina Rusticana. Compared to the other restaurants that we frequent in San Antonio, this one looks intimidating from the outside. Usually, when we are looking for a place to eat, we just drive around in shorts and slippers and were having second thoughts on entering this one. Actually, we tried to go to another restaurant near Sacred Heart, but its already closed so we went back, and to our advantage, we were the only guests.
Contrary to my impression, the interior is very homey. I like the brick wainscoting and the rustic Mediterranean yellow painted walls. It’s nice that the walls are filled with art, although I would have chosen a more consistent subject to compliment the Italian vibe, but I commend the management for supporting local artist.
The waiting staff was very accommodating and made us feel at ease. We browsed thru the menu and ordered ourselves 2 different pasta dishes. We tried the Spaghetti Puttanesca and the Cream Sauce with Chicken. The food was great. The cream sauce was light and savory, and the Puttanesca was rich and fresh. I later found out that they make their own pasta by hand or import direct from Italy. It reminded us of the food programs hosted by great Italian chefs in Lifestyle Channel and the Asian Food Network.
Our favorites would be the dessert. The Chocolate Rum Panna Cotta is too good to share. The Tiramisu is just as sinful!
Those are just a few of what the restaurant is offering. We will definitely be back to try more.
Cucina Rusticana is located at
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