The Philippines is a great place to dine. Not only is their culture centered on food and dining, the archipelago is rich in restaurants offering different kinds of cuisine. Its capital is a boiling pot of cultures and foods. One of the more common types of eating establishment is the Italian restaurant Manila is known for. Though there are more formal terms to describe Italian restaurants, I’ve broken them down to three basic types that you would come across in the Philippines.
1. Fast Food Italian – Here are establishments that may serve Italian food on-the-go. I’ve included in this category some pizza places since, in Manila, they serve more than just pizza. Prices here are very affordable but the quality of the food may not be so. Because their customers are most likely rushing, the cooks may not take that much time and effort to perfect their craft. Don’t worry, the food are palatable just don’t expect to be wow’ed by them. You may or not be entertained by waiters and have to pay as you order.
2. Family Italian – These kinds of restaurants usually serve families and groups of friends. They may be characterized by large servings and a cozier atmosphere than the Fast Food Italian places. The prices here are a little higher than the previous type and the food a smidgen better. They may have more variety to their pasta and pizza menu (aside from the basic sauces and toppings). You are waited on by the staff but they may not have a host/hostess. These restaurants are usually patronized during special occasions like birthdays, graduations or reunions so expect a rowdy crowd.
3. Fine Dining Italian – The third kind is the Fine Dining Italian restaurant Manila is popular for. These places usually entail a hostess, reservations, a sommelier and a lot more forks. Their menus are mostly likely filled with dishes referred to by their Italian names. They have a more subdued atmosphere and a higher price list. You can expect excellent Italian food in these establishments. Usually visited by couples and executives, the Fine Dining Italian restaurant is a great place for a complete Italian dining experience.
As was mentioned, the different types of Italian restaurants have more formal terms and characteristics. But because of the globalization of Italian cuisine, these terms are seldom followed to the letter.
Ristorante – A ristorante is a full-service Italian restaurant. It is like the Fine Dining Italian restaurants described above. Usually equipped with a professional kitchen staff, Â knowledgeable wait staff and sommelier, this type of establishment charges premium price for its quality.
Trattoria – This type of restaurant is less formal than a ristorante. Sometimes thought of as a family-owned establishments, they may or may not have a hostess and their food is available for take out. Prices are average and the food are served family-style.
Osteria – Osterias are originally places that offered lodging and then would provide food. Now, osterias are more akin to taverns Â – places where people gather to eat and drink.
Pizzeria – Authentic pizzerias are those which only serve pizza. Nowadays, it’s common to find other dishes offered alongside pizza. They are also an informal establishment with prices in the middling range.