I’ve had antipasto on the brain ever since Marketman’s EB. My craving reached its peak today: I just had to have it, even though it was only 4:30 in the afternoon. The day wasn’t going to end without my having a plate of salty salami, assorted cheeses, and grilled vegetables.
At the suggestion of my ever reliable foodie partner in crime (hi, Kaie!) I buckled up Boo in the car and we hied off to Pasteleria.
Located right across the San Antonio church in Forbes Park, Pasteleria La Nuova is what I consider to be ”˜the cozy little neighborhood restaurant,’ never mind if that neighborhood is the richest neighborhood in Manila.
This little place can get really busy during lunchtime. Because of its diminutiveness, there’s a good chance your dining companion won’t be the only one listening to your animated banter. And since this is Forbes Park after all, every meal I’ve ever paid for in this restaurant has been over P500.
But don’t let too-close-for-comfort conversations and pricey prices deter you. Pasteleria has plenty to offer. Their pastas are comforting, stuff you can really dig into. On the menu, they’re (very helpfully) listed under “cream based,” “oil-based,” and “tomato-based.” People go for the soups and various risottos, while others sneak out mid-afternoon to energize with an espresso and a slice of cake.
Since it was just Boo and me, I ordered the Gran Misto di Antipasti (P550). It isn’t on the menu, but just tell the waiter if you want it. My eyes, sadly, are always larger than my stomach. I would’ve liked to order the seafood pasta, but Boo wanted a tomato-based one. Interestingly enough, the noodle dish I ended up ordering for her was exactly like the one I had at the EB ”“ penne with roasted eggplant, feta cheese, and pine nuts ”“ Penne Alla Calabrese (P341).
It takes a while for the Antipasti to arrive since they really make an effort to present it prettily. While waiting, Boo and I scarfed down the Italian flatbread served with tomatoes in olive oil and basil, and a small portion of paté. When Boo saw that the flatbread was triangularly shaped, she delightfully cried out, “Pizza!”
As you can see, the Antipasti really is worth waiting for. Good enough for two men, a small horse, or one ravenous chick like myself, it’s got three different kinds of cold cuts, cheeses, and a tiny heap of mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and olives in the middle. Ah, mine, mine, all mine!
Pasteleria La Nuova
San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park
817-8568 / 867-2370