Over a month ago, we visited the Design Center of Cebu Showroom and I made a blog post about its beautiful home furnishings here. What more made our tour ecstatic was trying out some authentic Italian foods at the Tavolata Cebu by The Abaca Group, which is a restaurant conjoined among the houses of furniture. It was our last trip on a sunny noon, and everyone was very eager to start lunch after a few hours of walking and taking pictures. Here are 10 must-try Italian foods you should order on your visit there:
Tavolata’s Bestsellers + Offerings
01 | Country Bread
The country bread is grilled and it is best paired with balsamic vinegar (my favorite!), olive oil, and roasted garlic. (P195)
02 | Chopped Salad
It’s a mix of vegetables, some bits of meat, cheese, and topped with a special dressing.
03 | Prosciutto di Parma
This homemade pizza is handcrafted with special ingredients like the Arugula, Parmesan, and Tomatoes. Best when served hot and paired with a hot sauce. (P465)
04 | Formaggi Bianche
Next to Prosciutto di Parma, we tried this pizza and it became an instant favorite for its special ingredients: the Asiago, Pancetta, Potato, and Pepper. (P430)
05 | Linguine and Clams
As the name suggests, it’s linguine with clams mixed in a flavorful garlic butter and finished with parsley toppings. (P430)
06 | Pappardelle
This pasta is filled with veal and smothered in ragu sauce. Definitely tastes exquisite, too! (P595)
07 | Chicken Parmesan
This one was served last among the main dishes and we were all so full we had to do a takeout. Too unfortunate though that I didn’t get to taste it. It’s actually a breaded chicken cutlet completely roasted and smothered in homemade sauce and melted mozzarella. (P895)
08 | Vanilla Bean Cream Brulee
Now we’re on to the first wave of dessert! I was mostly intrigued by this sweet delicacy, and it was also one of my instant favorites. (P195)
09 | Budino di Cioccolato
Next to my favorites is the Budino di Cioccolato. This one has a texture of a mousse, and I love that it’s so soft that it melts in your mouth when taken.
10 | Panna Cotta Nero Bianca
I wasn’t able to try this, but my friends loved it! You’ve got to adore how they presented this dessert. (P255)
We also had a quick chat with Chef Jason regarding their future plans for this restaurant. Apparently, they will be multiplying their establishments under the Abaca Group, so you guys need to watch out for that! They might be opening another type of dining restaurant within the Cebu areas, so it’s definitely something to look forward to.
Aside from the exquisite foods, the interior is also that of a modern restaurant with little flashing light bulbs hanging at the top.
Not only was I able to try good foods, but I was also able to meet a bunch of new friends over lunch. I had a great conversation with Naomi, Nym, and Rachel, and afterwards we went out together for coffee, too. Thanks for the time, girls! <3