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Saturday, June 11, 2016

It was already pretty late and PICCOLO PADRE was our last stop of the night for our Pampanga Food Trip. I was actually full from visiting a lot of restaurants and thought that I couldn't eat anymore. But when I saw the dishes, somehow I realized that I still have another compartment empty in my stomach.
Located in PRIME ASIA HOTEL in ANGELES CITY, PICCOLO PADRE screams Italian as you enter. The Different art works on the wall and even on the ceiling takes you to a different time and place.
To start the meal, The SEAFOOD PLATTER (850Php) was served. The Pan Fried Chilean Black Mussels were cooked in its own juices with a little help of the olive oil. You can also choose if you would want your oyster Natural or baked. On this instance, we preferred the baked because it was creamier and gave a different flavor profile. The Ahi Tuna was also seared nicely. The baked scallops was also pretty good as they were plump. This would be a nice way to start a meal.
One of my favorite pasta dish would be the GNOCCHI. I was pleasantly surprised that their version of the GNOCCHI was spot on. Usually, this would be served over cooked but not here. Each bite would result into an explosion in the mouth. A little bit al dente just the way I like it. This was served in a creamy gorgonzola cheese sauce with walnnuts.
The deadliest dish of that day would have to be the FOIE GRAS and MARROW SAFFRON RISOTTO (950Php). A combination of everything that would scream perfect. The Foie Gras was just spot on. It was creamy and buttery. The fact that it had bone marrow on the side made each bite smoother. The risotto was well cooked with the saffron flavor bursting in each bite. This was on of my favorites.
In Manila, you rarely see restaurants serving VEAL. Here in PICCOLO PADRE, they have this OSSOBUCO alla MILANESE. Basically VEAL SHANK. Veal could be a little gamey but this was perfect. It was tender and had that perfect bite you would look for. The way it was cook. Just wow.
Dessert was also grand. The Cannoli or tube like dessert pastry was filled with cream that made it a little more heavy. I didn't care as I enjoyed it so.
The Tiramisu had a mild taste of coffee that it made it a perfect ending for a grand meal such as this.
PICCOLO PADRE is a Hidden Gem. This Fine dining and Italian restaurant truly delivers delicious dishes and incredible service to its patrons. The Chef knows how to handle and prepare delicate dishes that would definitely make its visitors come back for more. This is a must visit place when in Angeles.

HOUSE OF CHOPS: Perfect stopover in Clark
CAFE FLEUR by Chef Sau


0919-887-2195; 0917-500-47500
Prime Asia Hotel Narciso Street, 2009 Angeles City
Tuesdays-Sundays 5pm to 11pm

Disclaimer: was invited to this restaurant. wrote this based on my experience.
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Written by Lovely

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