Caffe Puccini: Standing the test of time 

Caffe Puccini is one of the old pillars of the ever changing Bonifacio Global City. Even surpassing, other establishments in the Fort Strip like Tony Romas, Embassy, and Draft. I’ve noticed it always changes restaurants every few years that now we have new comers such as The Original Thai BBQ, Puzzles, and Ogawa. No matter what the change Caffe Puccini has stood the test of time.


The name Puccini was taken from famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, where some of the murals inside the restaurant are taken from his operas Bohème, Turandot, and Madamba Butterfly.


Once inside you can feel this classic Italian vibe from the furniture and light fixtures where they use classic chandeliers and wood to accent the interior.

The moment you are seated, your server will immediately put a bread basket with 3-4 kinds of freshly baked bread, pâté and marinara sauce as your appetizer.

Pizza Al Tartufo Nero, 670 PHP

I really liked this pizza. The assorted mushroom, on the mascarpone cheese with black truffle bits was very balanced and was very good with honey. The crust was light, airy and chewy.

Pizza Puccini, 670 PHP

 

I have to be honest, I thought the balsamic reduction on top made the pizza a bit too sweet for my taste that it overpowered the prosciutto. However, it was still very good.

Aglio Olio Gamberetti, 450 PHP *disclaimer this photo is only half the order

 

When ordering pasta anywhere, remember to ask for fresh pasta when they have it available. The fresh pasta was really complimented by the simple olive oil, garlic and tiger prawn. It was tasty, and the noodles were springy. Fresh pasta really makes a difference.

Vongole, 435 PHP

In contrast in the Vongole they used dry pasta. The olive oil, white wine, and clams complement each other but lacks that extra punch that you have when you eat fresh pasta. It’s still a good dish though.

Petto di Pollo Ripieno Arrosto, 670 PHP

The chicken breast was cooked well and complimented the spinach and ricotta cheese in the center. However, the ricotta was lost in terms of flavor. The mash potato was creamy and was very good with the gravy. Not my favorite dish of the night.

Tiramisu, 285 PHP

Tiramisu is actually one of my favorite desserts and I was excited when I found out it was their specialty. Unfortunately, I don’t think we got a fresh batch since the bottom part of the cake was an it frozen and the melted water diluted some of the flavors.

Panacotta Alla Vanilla, 240 PHP

This was very creamy. I really liked the flavor and smooth consistency however it was really heavy. Regardless, we still finished it.

We actually ordered several more dishes like their calzone but I wouldn’t recommend it. The biggest downside is they don’t have their own rest room so you will have to go outside using a restroom ticket you can get from the servers.

You go to this restaurant If you’re on a first date, Sunday lunch with your soon to be in-laws or if you’d want to buy dinner for your parents. The interiors and corner location for their Al Frescò area gives you an honest view of Fort Strip. You can people watch while enjoying their espresso. The place has been here for years and it’s a true testament that fads and out of the box concepts that are popular now won’t be able to show longevity as they have.

Overall, Caffe Puccini offers a casual Dining experience to their customers that highlight their classic Italian dishes, and their excellent hospitality. Their consistency in flavor have kept their patrons coming back for their pasta and pizza. I know I’ll be back, remember to get fresh pasta coz it really makes all the difference.


Caffe Puccini

Unit 12 The Fort Strip, 28th St corner 7th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Contact number: 02 8163055


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