Italian cuisine has been one of our favorites aside from Chinese and Filipino dishes. We love the aroma of olive oil and freshly baked focaccia. So when we heard about Salvatore Cuomo, we were intrigued. Their flagship store recently opened at the Uptown Mall at the Fort, a chic place to spend a night with your spouse over good food and wine. Salvatore Cuomo is a premium Italian restaurant in Manila offering Neapolitan cuisine.
From outside, the see-through glass provides curiosity to passersby. High ceiling, trendy couches, and an open kitchen where chefs prepare aromatic Italian dishes. The restaurant has well-designed interior, a pugon and a bar standing at the middle of the dining area.
For starter we had some warm bread focaccia served with olive oil and balsalmic vinegar and butter. As always, Mrs. Uy requested for parmesan cheese.
Then there’s Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala or Buffalo Mozzarella Salad “Caprese”. The dish reminded us of a salad we had at the event hosted by Olivier and Co sometime last year. The cherry tomatoes complements well with the olive oil and Mozzarella cheese. A marriage of sweet and mild saltiness. It’s a must try!
Next came variety of cold cuts, Tagliere di Affettati with olives on the side.
Then there are two thin, soft crust pizzas, D.O.C (Denominazione Origine di Controllata) Mozzarella, Cherry Tomato, and Basil. The second pizza is the Quattro Formaggi or 4 kinds of Cheese. However, there’s something more special and unique with Quattro Formagi – a pizza glazed with honey. It was pleasing to the palate.
Italian pizzas may look simple but they actually taste good and flavorful. The crusts are thin and soft, ingredients are really fresh and imported from Japan and Italy. Mr. Uy prefers the DOC while the wifey finished more than one slices of the Quattro Formaggi.
We’re all familiar with carbonara, right? It’s creamy and heavy pasta. Surprisingly, Salvatore Cuomo’s Spaghetti alla Spuma di Carbonara or Airy Carbonara Spaghetti has very light flavor.
After trying some variants, Tagliata di Manzo Beef Ribeye Steak with Basil Sauce and Parmesan Cheese got Mr. Uy’s thumb’s up. The meat was very tender and goes well with the basil sauce.