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THE ITALIAN MARKET by Murray’s New Orleans

A couple of days before Valentines found Kap & I in Resorts World Manila to try some dishes at the newly opened THE ITALIAN MARKET by Murray’s New Orleans.

The Italian Market takes its inspiration from the vibrant food scene in the famous South 9th Street Italian Market in Philadelphia. Unknown to many -including me, the freshest, most interesting Italian-American cuisine can be found in the city of Philadephia.

Handled by young & talented chef, PETER AYSON (of the RED CRAB GROUP as well as the Pink Panda & Hatch 22 fame), The Italian Market aims to introduce Italian-American food, or Italian classics done the American way, to the Filipino market. Think cheesesteaks and cannolis, using American ingredients.

Specialties at The Italian Market include their vast array of pasta dishes and pizza, all given a classic Americana twist.  Another item diners can look forward to are the open-faced sandwiches. We normally associate sandwiches for snacks, but The Italian Market‘s HUGE open-faced sandwiches are very hearty & flavorful, and can definitely stand on their own as full meals.

The Italian Market

2nd Level Newport Mall, Pasay City, Philippines (02) 4038926; (02) 4038926 ;
+63 9175892342


Instagram: @theitalianmarketph


It was a couple of days before the Chinese New Year celebration so the mall was adorned with festive red everywhere! <3 Can you spot my main chinese squeeze? ;P




The interior is warm & cozy. If you have an aversion to heat, do not sit by the stove no matter how much the welcoming sight of fire lures you in. :P



The Italian Market boasts of its special AMBROGI oven which it has imported from Italy. The oven uses three heat sources: wood, gas, and charcoal, which give food a distinct smoky taste. With regards to the chopping knives on the wall, Chef Peter says those represent the Sous Chefs na “na-tsugi“. :P Madami-dami na rin kung ganon.






Spicy Shrimp Scampi 320 php. White shrimps, eve oil, garlic, white wine, sundried tomatoes, and chill flakes.



Steamed Mussels 385 php. Red or white. Spicy or not. Your choice. ;)



Tim Caprese Salad 430 php. Arugula salad, fresh buratta, red beets, roasted pumpkin, toasted pistachios, roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, and spicy balsamic.



Panzanella Bread Salad 295 php. Mixed salad greens, marinated olives, roasted tomatoes, salami, ricotta cheese, torn croutons, and grilled lemon oil.



Perfect Combination Sandwich 750 php. Beef pastrami, roast beef, corned beef, whole grain mustard, sauerkraut, and sweet pickles on the side.



Hand-Carved Roast Pork Sandwich 540 php. Sliced herbed roast pork, braised broccoli rabe, provolone cheese, and pickled peppers.



Pig & Fig 390 php. Prosciutto, red beets, fig jam, apples, arugula, smoked bacon, & cherry roasted tomatoes.



Earth Bread 360 php. Wild mushrooms, goat cheese, arugula salad, & truffle oil.



Lobster Pizza (special request). Not on the menu.



Lobster Macaroni & Cheese 590 php. Baked macaroni, sharp cheddar, buttered lobster, and fontina cheese.



Prawn Society Pasta



Rib Eye Stroganoff 680 php. Pan-seared angus rib eye, peppered linguini, sour cream, mushrooms, asparagus tips, and beef jus.



Shrimp Aglio Olio Pasta 385 php. Pan-seared shrimp, spaghettini, roasted garlic oil, sundried tomatoes, oregano, dried chillies, and parmesan crisp.



Penne Lampredotto 389 php. Slow-cooked italian callos, spicy sausage, mixed beans, peppers, and penne pasta.



Pit-fire Porchetta 475 php. Wood fire roast pork, creamy polenta, roasted tomatoes & green beans, with whole grain honey mustard glaze.



With our hosts, Chef Peter Ayson and Blooey Singson. SPANKY ENRIQUEZ, and ladies: primo cheesecake baker Indulgence by Irene, Joko of ABS-CBN digital, and the very sexy & bodacious Bea of Click the City.



Cannoli Sampler 270 php. Orange chocolate chip, ricotta honey pistachio, and strawberry amaretto.



Humble Pie 295 php. Peanut butter & Dark chocolate pie with Vanilla cream.





The Italian Market by Murray’s New Orleans is the latest member of the growing restaurant chain under the Red Crab Group of Restaurants owned by restaupreneur Raymund Magdaluyo. Other members of the resto group are Clawdaddy’s Great American Picnic, and New Orleans Bourbon Street Steaks and Oyster, both with branches at the Bonifacio High Street.

Thank you so much Chef Pete & Blooey for having us & letting us sample your new fares! <3 We will definitely be back with the kids in tow for those perfectly soft & chewy but crusty wood fire pizza! <3

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  • Reply Noel Q.

    Mayaya nga si The Partner dito, mahilig siya kasi sa Italian food… though I must confess your pics look really tempting, even to a Chinese food lover like me, hahaha…

    Kailangan makapunta na para “in” ako, hahaha…

    March 13, 2015 at 8:09 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Aba ang aga mo today ha Niel! May lakad ka na naman sigurado. Ikaw nga itong super IN. Kabubukas lang kinabukasan nandun ka na haha. Goooood morning! :-*

      March 13, 2015 at 8:20 am
  • Reply ,michconstantino

    Another place to visit with the parentals. (since wala pa ang the partner, the parents muna)… Happy weekend Ms. Jane! :D

    March 13, 2015 at 11:35 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Happy weekend Mich! :-*

      March 13, 2015 at 11:53 am
  • Reply med

    Oh my may kalaban na ang fave kong Italian resto sa RW!!! I shall try this soon……

    March 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply sugargospice

      Oh yes meding! Masarap sya in fair. ;)

      March 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

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