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Caruso Ristorante Italiano

I love Italian food, but the rest of the GOppets tend to go for other cuisines over Italian so my needs wants take a back seat most of the time. When we were invited by Caruso Ristorante Italiano, I was happy because I knew I was in for a really big treat with my favorite antipasti, pizza, and pasta dishes. Helooooo carbs! And let’s not forget wine. Coz Italians drink wine with just about anything & everything! ;)

Caruso Ristorante Italiano was named after Enrico Caruso -an Italian operatic tenor, because the owners Emilio Mina & Dario Gardini love the opera. In fact, you can determine this just by looking at the distinguished interiors, classic settings & operatic music softly playing in the background. It’s fine dining all the way, the perfect date place. Dreamy, elegant, and romantic. Especially at night I’m sure.

What’s more, with 2 Italians at the helm, Caruso Ristorante Italiano serves AUTHENTIC Italian food. Dining there is like being transported to the land of art, culture, food, shopping, and fun-loving people. Buon Appetito, I would say!

A little Italian trivia: Did you know? Italians are one of the most romantic people! It’s a common stereotype. CLICK BELOW to find out more.

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Caruso Ristorante Italiano

210 Nicanor Garcia St. Bel-Air, Makati (02) 895-2451
MONDAYS TO SUNDAYS 11:30 – 2:30 Lunch; 6:00 – 11:00 Dinner


Caruso Ristorante Italiano is in SPOT.PH’s top 10 list of Italian restaurants in the Metro! Do check it out HERE.



For a limited time only, Caruso Ristorante Italiano mixes Food & Art. A filipino competition for young contemporary artists was held recently & elimination is on-going. Do enjoy the art exhibit proudly displayed in one of the private rooms-turned-gallery until the end of May, 2015.



Our lunch started with a glass of sweet sparkling wine.



Now when you start any meal with good wine, you KNOW that you’re in for a delightful time!



Complimentary from-the oven-to-our-table bread with olive dip. A preview of wonderfully fresh carbs to come.



Misto di Affettati Italiani e Verdure Marinate. 1,630 php. Platter of typical assorted Italian cold cuts.



What could be more fit for an italian appetizer than a platter of meat. The olives & artichokes give added flavor to this lovely antipasto.



Bufala Caprese 640 php. Fresh mozzarella cheese with fresh tomato & basil.



Crepe Mushroom. 680 php. Rolled dough stuffed with porcini mushroom. All-creamy goodness.

For kiddie meals, you may request for a character pizza for the young ones. Caruso Ristorante Italiano‘s menu is really for adults -unless your children are used to eating grown-up food, so parents will appreciate this touch of whimsy greatly. It also gives them a chance to enjoy their meal without the guilt because there’s is something even for the bello/bella. ;)


Cheese Pizza 600 php. Combination of tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, shaped in the form of a cat. <3 I was hoping for a pig, but the pig gods weren’t cooperating that day! :P



Margherita Pizza 630 php. Combination of tomato sauce & mozzarella cheese topped with fresh basil. I am fond of chewy dough and this one was super chewy, served hot & fresh from the oven. I also like my pizza bare so this was perfetto!



Garganelli Porcini 620 php. Home made pasta garganelli with porcini mushroom. Tagliatelle Tartufo 630 php. Home made pasta tagliatelle with truffle cream, parma ham, and asparagus. Gnocchetti with 3 sauce 590 php. Home made gnocchetti made from potato with 3 different sauces: pesto, tomato, and 4 cheese.






Jumping Rice or Risotto Zafferano. Pan-fried risotto saffron. First of its kind. First for me at least. You’ll lie the crunchy texture.



Lapu-Lapu Alla Favignana 830 php. Grilled Lapu-Lapu fillet with capers and green olives sauce.



Stinco d’agnello Brasato in Vino Rosso 1,360 php. Lamb shank in piemonte style with red wine sauce – Australian meat.



With EJ Santos who handles the PR of Caruso Ristorante Italiano, and one of the 2 owners, Mr. Emilio Mina -our gracious host & is very active in Caruso, welcoming his guests in engaging them in conversations.



Most of their desserts are home-made, with a couple imported from Italy here & there. But we opted for the home-grown ones based on their italian family recipe. And these did not disappoint! <3



Panna Cotta 320 php. The classic Italian panna cotta.



Tiramisu 320 php. The classic mascarpone.



Fragoline. Home made pastry cream flavored with vanilla & strawberries.



Mousse di Cioccolato 290 php. Home made Chocolate mousse with special biscuit from Saronno.



Caruso has a branch in Station 2, Boracay and is opening its 3rd branch in McKinley Hill soon! Many thanks to Caruso Ristorante Italiano for our sumptuous & authentic Italian lunch. Next time I’ll go back for that elusive piggy! <3

And hey, if you guys have some time to kill, or are in the Makati area tonight, why not head on over to Caruso Ristorante Italiano and sample some authentic italian pizza as you sip a glass of wine & admire paintings from young Filipino artists with the PIZZA, PAINTINGS & WINE semi-finals painting event exclusively for TONIGHT!

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