Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Galileo Inoteca

...an Italian treasure in Calbayog! Calbawhata?! Yes, Calbayog, a side street of Libertad St. in Mandaluyong in the area of Shaw and Edsa.

JR loves to eat! but being blessed with good genes JR is not fat and doesnt get fat! ...hehehe... just a side note!

Anyways, this haunt of mine, is just literally a stone's throw away from my condo but its another world inside.... who would've thought that there is this gourmet deli in this otherwise ugly locale! it would've been better situated in posh Makati or snobby Alabang but no! its right in the middle of urban blight! Located on the ground floor of Reyes Gym, it is very discreet. Once inside, you are immediately transported to the wine cellars of Tuscany or the Italian countryside. Brick walls, ambient lighting, wall to wall niches filled with Italian wines and goodies, with painted murals depicting scenes from Venizia and the birth of Venus.... it really is something!

The place is very cozy as dining areas are separated into 5 different salas or salons, providing privacy and ambiance. Start off with a cheese and meat platter to whet the appetite and a glass of white, to prepare for the upcoming fare. If you are in a hurry this is not the place for you as food are generally prepared fresh, thus taking longer than the usual. Freshly made pastas and sauces with herb roasted chicken perhaps? or how about the famed Osso bucco or veal? maybe steak? or just a bowl of fresh greens... You'll never go wrong.

Galileo is a bit pricey so be prepared to shell at least P500 per person for a decent meal, it is ideal for dates and intimate dinners. But i think, the price is just right. A glass of wine may set you back a minimum of P250, not bad. There are set meals too for those "sabog" with the choices, with appetizers and main course with a complimentary glass of wine for about P450. Try it... then afterwards, check the selection of Italian goodies and pastries. Cantuccini anyone?

Overall, i give it 10 out of 10 for the ambiance (even the restroom is nice and goes well with the decor!); food around 8; service i give it a 9 (the staff were very helpful and they even turned on the lights for the different salons when we were posing all over the place, i guess they like it when people take pictures). By the way they change their menu daily, so customers can come back for more and not get tire of the same fare again.

Galileo Inoteca... an Italian haunt in the middle of crazy Mandaluyong!


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