Bellini's Italian Restaurant Cubao Expo

Friday, June 12, 2015

Famiglia at Bellini's.

After appreciating the 3D artworks at Art in Island the best option to dine or hangout is at Cubao eXpo, a stone's throw away from the actual museum. Cubao eXpo is formerly the Marikina Shoe Expo, it has evolved into a bustling community of restaurants, specialty boutiques, bars, art galleries and thrift shops. Bellini's might be the most famous of them all.

Bellini's Italian Restaurant is quite an iconic restaurant because of the famous Star Cinema romantic movie 'One More Chance'. Remember the hangout place of Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz), Basha (Bea Alonzo) and friends where Popoy blurted out his famous line 'Bash! Hindi mo ba alam yung 3 month rule? Lahat ng taong na inlove at nakipagbreak alam yun.'-ouch! Yes. This is the exact location.

Aside from the movie, this restaurant is also famous for its ambiance and food. The place screams Italy. The colorful Italian murals are a spectacle to the customers who dine here. It's as if we were in an extension of the Italian gallery of Art in Island - hehehe.

It was jam-packed when we went there, good thing we were still able to get good seats (at the back of the famous Fontana de Trevi- no other than.

Bellini's is owned by an Italian local named Roberto Bellini. So you'd know that they serve authentic Italian dishes. We ordered two pastas, two pizzas and a whole chicken.

Maremmana | P400
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushroom, bacon, Italian longganisa, sweet onion

Quattro Formaggi | P330
Four cheese

Spaghetti allo Scoglio | P310
Seafood Pasta without shells

Polpette | P350
Meatball Pasta

Pollo Arrosto | P630
Whole roasted chicken

With no doubt, everything tasted good and filling. I liked the Spaghetti allo Scoglio, it's just simple and the taste is not overpowering. I also liked the Quattro Formaggi Pizza because I love cheese. 

A plus when Mr Bellini himself invited me to take a photo with the chair where John Lloyd Cruz actually sat, he also cared to take a photo of me before I left the place.

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