In December alone, we’ve probably EATSperienced around THREE Italian restaurants here in Metro Manila and that’s from Makati and Taguig alone. One old with new dishes and two newbies, one of which is an international franchise, and the second one is a homegrown concept from an Italian family living here in Manila. What we are trying to say is that Italian cuisine has grown to be a big part of us carb-loving Pinoys. Yes, we love our rice and dish combos but we, Filipinos, have grown to love pizza and pasta throughout the years. That’s why we have a great number of both local and international pizza chains all over the country. We also have a number of homegrown Italian food concepts, some of which are still up and running for a number of years now. Well, we can never have so much pizza and pasta. We, ourselves, as EATSplorations are huge fans of anything with noodles, dough, tomato sauce, and cheese. Anything with an Italian influence, bring it on! That’s why in this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing with you our latest EATSperience in Uptown Bonifacio, an Italian Feast at Mamma Mia. Enjoy!
The NEWEST Italian restaurant in Uptown Bonifacio, Mamma Mia!
Located at the ground floor of Uptown Mall, Mamma Mia is one of the many restaurants that is outside the mall. Once you see a picture of a lady flexing her muscle while holding a wine bottle, you’ll know that you are about to EATSperience Mamma Mia. Decorated with hues of orange and green, Mamma Mia gives diners a relaxing vibe that is of casual-dining. It has an indoor and outdoor dining area to match the diners’ preference. The indoor dining area is homey, while the outdoor dining area gives a streetside feel.
Let’s EATSperience what Mamma Mia has to offer!
Since Italian restaurants here in Manila are known for family-style dining, Mamma Mia stands the same. From bread baskets, to starters, to pastas, pizzas and mains, everything that they offer are good for sharing.
Before any of our orders arrived, we receive this bread basket as a welcome treat. Freshly-baked bread with homemade tomato-based dip and the classic combo of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Sweet, savory, and spicy in one bite. That’s what these meaty balls are all about at Mamma Mia. If you are into bacon and meatballs, you should never ever miss out on these badboys. TIP: Try to eat all the components of this dish in one bite for a complete EATSperience.
Sweet in flavor, creamy in texture. This baked brie made us love cheese even more. The fried onions and fresh mushrooms perfectly complemented the flavor of the cheese and the sweet balsamic glaze.
Can you imagine an Italian version of our very own Crispy Pata? Mamma Mia has it! Very similar to our crispy pata, this Stinco di Maiale has a super tender meat and a really crispy skin. That goes with 2 different sauces, one similar to our soy sauce based sauce. And another is their homemade gravy that is on the sweeter side of things, which gave a good balance to the flavor of the meat.
Among the many pizza flavors that we have tried, we never came across a pizza flavor with Pistachio, until we had this Mortadella e Pistachio. A combination of sweet, nutty and savory flavors in every bite. Topped with Italian pork sausage, pistachio cream and crushed pistachio for more of that nutty flavor. To all the pistachio lovers out there, this is a must try!
As the pizzas were delivered to our tables, we were told that the owners wanted their crust to be special. Since they noticed that most Filipinos do not eat the crust, they thought of making the crust more flavorful to make the diners eat it as well. Putting mozzarella cheese in their crust made it creamier and tastier. Aside from the already flavorful pizza crust, topping it with truffle cream sauce, egg, Prosciutto and more mozzarella cheese makes this pizza worth the calorie intake! Sweet and savory notes with that creamy texture. One mouthwatering pizza from Mamma Mia!
By far the best carbonara in town! We kid you not, as this carbonara is made from scratch and is rich and tasty all the way around. Fresh eggs, parmesan cheese, pepper and strips of crispy Italian panchetta. Really creamy pasta that isn’t too rich for our own taste, that’s why we loved having several servings of it. When we dine at Mamma Mia again, this Spaghetti Carbonara ala Mamma Mia will surely be on our list!
We also had their refreshing fresh fruit shakes that helped us wash down the savory dishes. They also serve homemade gelato and some pastries, perfect to end a meal. From starters to desserts, Mamma Mia has it. We enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and how accommodating and good the servers were. And of course, what made our EATSperience memorable was the pizza crust and the fresh pasta! Mamma Mia is truly a place that we recommend for pizza and pasta lovers. So if you are in the area, and are in the hunt for the newest Italian restaurant, head on over to Mamma Mia and enjoy Italian EATS that you surely won’t regret. That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, ’till next time!
Ground Floor, Uptown Place Mall, 36th Street Corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
11:00am to 1:00am
Budget: 1200 php for two