Sunday, June 24, 2007

Chef of Staff

Chef Maurizio Gibillini has got to be one of the most amiable Italians in town. It would be great to go to one of his restaurants to even just converse with him.

Fortunately ... his food is so good , that conversation is simply a plus. Cuisine is his big draw ...

Where have you seen Chef Maurizio before?
Well - he helped open up Pazzo at Rockwell and really drew in the crowds with his gelato. Subsequently he opened up Gelatone at Greenbelt, and Pagliacci at the Podium Bldg. of the Ortigas Center of Mandaluyong.

And the hits keep coming on ...
His 2 month old "baby" is aptly called Maurizio Ristorante.
Located in Salcedo Village of Makati, it promises "true Italian taste" as opposed to Italian wannabes for whom he apparently does not have too much admiration .
He is smug but has every right to be ...
His food is excellent
The ambiance is cozy, warm, innovatively lighted with homeland touches of bar and wine cellar influence.
It's a casually fine touch of Italy ...

As I always do, I benchmarked the beef carpaccio and the spaghetti vongole . I mean heyyyy .... if you can't get those two right , you don't deserve to be Italian ... correct?.

Well - Chef Maurizio is true blue Italian - and you can taste it down to the last al dente strand of spaghetti.
In his characteristically counter-thematic black chefs outfit, Chef Maurizio will lead his staff in making the rounds of the tables to make sure everything is alright. He will drop a few recommendations here and there ... whether pasta, gelato, or wine.
Follow his advice - you can't go wrong.

This is definitely a place where you would be seeing me several times a month.
Perhaps with different "dates "...
Who knows ?
Its Italian ... and that's "amore"

Maurizio Ristorante
138 HV de la Costa St.
Salcedo Village, Makati
(63-2) 7507817 mobile 0917-8802871