Photography by Karlo Cadang
Pasta is to Italians as rice is to Filipinos. In fact, like rice, Italians love eating it alongside various food like chicken and fish among others. Upon their many gastronomic finds, Bar Centrale’s owner Uri Singla and Head Chef Antonio Facchinetti found that the pasta they had in Manila was a little different from the ones they had in Italy. This then became a starting point of their personal mission to serve it as authentic and fresh as they could in the heart of Makati’s business district. Chef Antonio swears to staying true to the Italian favorite and giving reverence to the time-tested dish “the way it’s meant to be cooked”. What’s more is that they even make a full-fledged effort to source ingredients from Italy to the best of their abilities. And so, without futher ado, here are four of the authentic Italian pasta dishes that you can enjoy at the newly minted Bar Centrale on Valero Street.
Gnocchetti al Pesto
The Gnocchetti al Pesto is one of the contenders in the restaurant’s Speciale menu. Instead of the usual pasta, Chef Antonio decided to use the gnocchi, since it’s one of his personal favorites. The gnocchi’s difference from your usual pasta is that it’s made from potatoes which accounts for its chewy texture. Go ahead, dig in, and savor the taste of these “Italian dumplings”.
The fettuccine is one of the more famous kinds of pasta known by Pinoys and Bar Centrale’s version of this dish is one you definitely shouldn’t miss. You’ll get to enjoy this tomato-based pasta with beef, Ragu Napoletano, and spiced tomato sauce.
You might think that this is Ravioli, but it’s actually a different kind of pasta. The Agnolotti is the Piedmont Region’s version of the more renowned Ravioli. There’s even a legend that claims the dish originated from a cook named Angelot. He was said to have created the meal to celebrate the end of a siege. Having just been raided, the chef made use of the leftover meat and stuffed them inside a pasta dough.Bar Centrale’s take on the Agnolotti contains parmesan, sage butter sauce, and crispy prosciutto inside. Slice them open and let the fun begin.
Pici Cacio e Pepe
The Pici Cacio e Pepe is a very traditional Tuscan recipe. Some even claim that it is one of the most ancient dishes of Italian cuisine. It’s no wonder why this dish is also included in Bar Centrale’s Speciale menu. For those who like it simple and no-frills, you’ll love that the Pici Cacio e Pepe’s thick and rounded pasta is mixed in with cheese, butter, and pepper as the dish’s key ingredients.
If you’re craving for an authentic Italian experience, look no further than Bar Centrale. It is conveniently located at Retail B Two Central, 109 Valero, Makati City so you can drop by after a hard day at work.