NEW: Cheese Menu from Va Bene Italian Restaurant

NEW: Cheese Menu from Va Bene Italian Restaurant

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This restaurant used to be an  “open secret” favorite among a select group of Metro Manila “gourmands”. Celebrities, socialites, politicians would come to this restaurant if they want to enjoy their authentic Italian cuisine in a “no-frills” setting. Alas, no secret as delicious as this could remain a secret forever, most especially because it now has a following that is continuously  increasing each day. That being said, we at Eat’s a Small World is very proud to introduce you to one of our most favorite restaurant – Va Bene Pasta Deli.



Va Bene Pasta Deli

Address: Second Floor, Petron Gas Station, EDSA Corner A. Arnaiz Avenue, Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, Philippines
Operating Hours:  Open daily  from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Facebook Pagehttps://web.facebook.com/vabenepastadelimakati/
Contact Number: +63 2 556 9442

 

The restaurant is conveniently located at Petron Gasoline Station in Dasmarinas Village, EDSA. Parking is free for Va Bene visitors.



Va Bene is located at the second floor. There is a view of EDSA from the restaurant.



Va Bene Pasta Deli is having special promos which you might want to avail of. Most Pinoys are not acquainted with the various types of cheese in the market and Va Bene’s Cheese Menu from February to March 2018 is just the perfect opportunity to educate one’s self about the other flavorful cheeses in a very relaxed setting. This is also the perfect time for families who would want to educate their kids about the many kinds of cheese ready for their taking.

Here are some pictures of the cheese varieties (although there are many more kinds in store for you) that await you at Va Bene.

 

Asiago Cheese

This cheese traces its origin from the Veneto region of Italy. It  is made from cow’s milk & has a buttery taste. We love to nibble on this cheese.

 

Fontina (Mountain cheese) is from the Piedmont region & known as the Italian cow’s milk cheese. It is a semi-soft cheese which is creamy & has a light aroma. It’s very “milky” in taste. We love it on crackers.



Gorgonzola (12 Months) or Blue Cheese as it is more commonly known is a “veined” Italian blue cheese. It is made from unskimmed cow’s milk which can either have a buttery, firm or crumbly texture. It is quite salty, with a “bite” from its “blue veining”. The blue veins are actually mold spores that grew during the ageing process which formed something like veins on the cheese. This is the result of the metal rods that were quickly inserted and removed, allowing the mold spores to grow. Gorgonzola is typically aged for three to four months. We enjoy this on hors d’oeuvres.



You can also ask for olive oil or balsamic vinegar to be poured over the top of your cheese.



Below is the full cheese menu just in case you want to check it out:

On regular “Non Promo” days, you just have to try Va Bene’s fantastic menu selection. Just going through the menu will already make you hungry. For us, we have our personal favorite with regard to pasta, and these are:

Organic Egg Tagliatelle with Champignon and Portobello Mushrooms and Truffle Oil

I don’t usually crave for a specific kind of dish BUT this pasta dish would often drive me crazy that I would subject myself to experience the traffic of EDSA just to have this either for lunch or dinner. The earthy flavor of the mushrooms, most especially the dominant scent and taste of truffle (oil) is just so distinct, so very, very rich. If one is lucky that truffle is in season, slivers of this precious fungus are garnished onto the dish. However, if truffle is not in season, the truffle oil alone (in place of the fine, thin slices of the truffle) is enough to satisfy one’s palate. Its unique flavor is a bit of an acquired taste but to truffle addicts like me, this dish is sure to satisfy one’s taste buds. The version of Va Bene  is  “molto bene” (very good) as a matter of fact, it is “eccellente” (excellent)! Oh by the way, Va Bene DID NOT, DOES NOT, and WILL NOT EVER use “all purpose” cream in any of its white sauces. Doing so is considered a “culinary offense” by ALL Italian chefs and to pasta lovers like me, using “all purpose creme” is a major crime.  They also make their own pasta and this may be verified through their “open kitchen”. So rest assured that when you are dining at Va Bene, the quality of your pasta is “autentico” (authentic)!



Va Bene does not scrimp on their ingredients, just look at the generous slices of mushrooms and creme on this dish! The reason for the rich yellow color of the pasta is because it is “homemade” and the egg used is organic.

 

Ricotta Eggplant Tortellini

The rich taste of homemade arrabiata sauce and ravioli pasta mixed with basil pesto are so evident in this dish. It is like, when the waiter delivered the dish to our table, the aroma alone whet our appetites that we almost forgot to pray before devouring this dish. Yes, this ravioli pasta is as delicious as it looks. Rich tomato sauce poured over the ravioli stuffed with eggplant and seasoned with some other secret herbs and freshly ground pepper is just simply “delizioso” (delicious)!



Did we mention that they make their own pasta? Actually, everything is made from scratch but the kitchen staff are still able to manage fast and excellent service.

 

So now we want to introduce to you the “molto bello” (very handsome) and “di grande talento Italiano” (very talented Italian)  Chef Massimo Veronesi – the man behind the mouthwatering dishes of Va Bene.  Because of his experience in five-star hotels throughout the world, Chef Massimo is unquestionably a true-blue seasoned chef and connoisseur.  He worked for several years at The Peninsula Manila Hotel in Makati before setting up his very own restaurant. Now THIS is why Va Bene’s dishes are as Italian as Italian can be.

 

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Va Bene has a branch in Bonifacio Global City and it is located at Central Square Mall (High Street). When we asked Chef Massimo to open more branches, his reply was “I need to check on the quality of my dishes and opening too many outlets too soon, might jeopardize it. I can’t let that happen. The satisfaction of my guests are first and foremost to me.”



If you are a regular visitor of our website, you would know that we do not usually rave like this about a restaurant. Yes, we do give praises but we would like to single out Va Bene Pasta Deli as one of our Top 10 restaurants (all categories considered) for its food, ambiance and service. To us here at Eat’s a Small World, a trip from Quezon City to Makati and BGC to have lunch or dinner at Va Bene Pasta Deli is absolutely worth it.

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This review is the opinion of the author based on actual experience. The establishments may have changed in terms of ownership, prices, decor, service, food preparation and food presentation after the posting of this review. This is not meant to influence the reader’s decision.

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