Amare La Cucina: Love the Kitchen, Love the Food
I’m so ecstatic to see the number of Baguio food questers growing. It’s fun to find out too, that there are many more people getting into the business of providing the City of Pines with good stuff to eat.
As I’ve indicated before, Jo has become one of my bona fide Baguio food exploration companions. She’s keeping a look out for newly opened places and it probably works so much better that way since she gets out a lot. (Exercise sightseeing, gooooo, Jo! *me with pompoms)
Last week, Jo sent me a text giving me a heads up for a new pizza place in town. She said it was in Loakan and so I started planning for a joy ride/recon ride with Race back to Loakan. (Who knows, we might find Crazy Chef when we do a second sweep of the vicinity.) It, being a busy week/month (thank the gods for work =D), our reconnaissance trip was put off again and again. Jo asked me later if I found it, saying her coworkers and friends really wanted me to try this new place. (Thank you so much everyone at IHG who’s cheering me on! You guys rock! (“,) Feels a little, too, like Man v. Food minus the gluttonously large proportions of food in one sitting. *harhar)
A few days ago, Beth asked me if I heard about a pizzeria at Engineers Hill. One of her coworkers said, he thought the name of the establishment was Amira. It suddenly got me thinking, the only Amirah I know about used to be Amirah. A followup text came saying, it’s a pizzeria that bakes their pizza in a brick oven. I then wondered if it was the same place that the IHG-ians were talking about. I really, REALLY had to get out and see now. Before the recon day came however, one of my blogger friends sent me a Facebook link. Lo and behold, it’s a pizzeria with a brick oven. \m/ Thank you so much, Sam! You saved Race gas money. Join us in a food adventure – on us. (“,)
On with our Amare experience!
Race and I still did a little checking, the few minutes before we actually met with Beth. It was pretty easy to find Amare La Cucina because the wood fire brick oven pizza (and more) establishment did a really good job of setting up signs to their place. We got there a little before 11:00 a.m. where the owner told us, they’d be open in a few minutes. It was good time to go and meet Beth who’s been craving for pizza.
Back as P2+1, we got one dish from the salads, the pasta, the ribs (the one and only), and of course, the pizza. We also inquired about the size of the pizza and our lady attendant said charmingly, it was something from 12 to 14 inches. =) Remember guys, it’s brick oven baking. We then waited for our food taking little sips of mint iced tea from our glasses.
Okay, I couldn’t sit still. I wanted to see the wondrous wood fire-d brick oven … from the oven door’s side. Good thing, it’s just behind the counter. (You can see the oven and its exhaust from the outside of the pizzeria – first photo in this blog.)
Our salad was then brought to our table. (Big serving platters are in.)
It was a delicious plate of greens. I did want a little bit more of the special sauce but that didn’t really matter once I got to the arugula and the caramelized walnuts. Yum, I thought in getting that nutty flavor in my mouth. Hooray for dried tomatoes, too.
Fresh from the oven, our pizza came.
Ooh, how the aroma filled the air. Salivating for the fragrant pizza, I finished the salad on my plate quickly. In getting a slice, I found it to be both thin (middle part) and thick (ends) crust pizza which is a good enough combination. The bite I took out of it was mildly flavored. But it’s better mild than extreme, nothing a dash of chili oil (which is Amare’s hot sauce seasoning) and a little sprinkling of salt can’t fix. Hhhm, maybe more bacon saltiness? *nomnomnom, chewy dough.
The plate of ribs and veggies was mainly for Race. He fancies himself a rib man now. *snickers
He did give us a piece of the meat and some vegetables. With what I got, I thought the meat was tender enough. Don’t expect it to be fall of the bone because this was cooked in the brick oven too. For a little flavor, dip or pour on the garlic sauce. As for the veggies, it reminded me of the stuffing in empanada. Good, right? Yiiis.
Now, for the pasta.
One of the most excellently cooked pastas I’ve ever had. To think, the noodles were fettuccine. \m/ The sauce: pure tomato with just enough prawns for Beth, Race and me. Dash of salt for Ms. Salty here … me.
My, that was a filling lunch … and all for P1318.50. (They’ve got a 10% off opening promo that lasts until July 27, 2013. )
X marks Amare for good food in Baguio. It’s all about the love of Amare’s kitchen and food … love their kitchen, love their food. Visit them soon!
Food: and a special rating of for the al dente pasta. Hopefully, I can get a taste of the foie gras pizza soon (didn’t see that one in our visit). We’ll be back for some tomato-sauce-y pizzas, too. ***MSG free food! (food offerings are free of monosodium glutamate – as per menu/restaurant staff member. Please ALWAYS CONFIRM with your attendant/server/waiter to be on the safe side. ^^,)
Amare La Cucina
#6 DPS Compound
Baguio City, Philippines
0917 790 0294
UPDATE 12/28/2013: Amare La Cucina is moving to Egi Albergo Di Ferroca Hotel, where Gustaeu‘s is. They’ll be (re)opening their doors and firing up their wood brick oven in January.
Tags: #1, adventure, affogato, al dente pasta, al gamberi, al gamberi pasta baguio, amare affogato, amare baguio menu, amare beef carpaccio, amare dessert, Amare foie gras pizza, Amare kitchen and food, Amare La Cucina, amare la cucina foie gras pizza, amare la cucina foie gras pizza baguio, Amare La Cucina menu, Amare menu, Amare menu Baguio, Amare open 11 a.m., amare pizza making, Amare three cheese pizza, Amare video, ambiance, Amira, amira baguio, Amirah, Amirah Baguio, aromatic pizza, arugula, Bagio city eatsploration, Baguio, baguio affogato dessert, Baguio Amare, Baguio amare kitchen and food, Baguio Amare La Cucina, baguio amare la cucina restaurant, baguio amare pizzeria, Baguio amare restaurant, baguio beef carpaccio, baguio best restaurants, Baguio brick oven pizza, Baguio City, Baguio City eatsploration, Baguio City Philippines, baguio eat, baguio eats, Baguio eatsploration, Baguio eatsplorer, Baguio eatsplorers, Baguio foie gras, Baguio foie gras pizza, Baguio foie gras pizza amare, baguio food, baguio food adventure, baguio food adventures, baguio food blog, Baguio food blogger, Baguio food establishments, baguio food guide, baguio food map, baguio food photo blog, baguio food quest, Baguio food quest companion, Baguio food review, Baguio food reviews, baguio food trip, Baguio foodie, Baguio foodie blogger, Baguio foodies, baguio foods, baguio guide, baguio guide what to eat, Baguio IHG, Baguio MSG free food, baguio new restaurant, Baguio pasta, Baguio Philippines, Baguio pizza, baguio restaurant blog, baguio restaurant blogs, Baguio restaurant connoisseur, Baguio restaurant food, baguio restaurant guide, baguio restaurant map, Baguio restaurant review, Baguio restaurant reviews, Baguio restaurants review, Baguio restaurants reviews, baguio restaurants to eat, baguio ribs, Baguio salad, Baguio where to eat, bake, beef carpaccio, behind the counter, best, best kept secret, best restaurants in baguio, Beth, better, binge, blog, blogger, blogs, blogs about baguio food, bona fide Baguio food explorer, breakfast, brick oven, brick oven baking, brick oven chimney, brick oven exhaust, bubbling cheese, business, businesses, caramelized walnuts, CBG, center, charming attendant, cheer on, cheering with pompoms, chest, chests, chewy dough, chili oil, chili oil dispenser, city, city center, City of Pines, comfort, comfort food, compare, comparison, comprehensive baguio food blog, comprehensive details about Baguio food, comprehensive information about Baguio food, connoisseur, cook, Cordillera Bloggers Group, cost, costs, craving, craving for pizza, cravings, customer, customers, dash of chili oil, dash of salt, delectable, delicious, delight, delights, dining around baguio, dining out, dinner, discover, discovering, discovery, dish, dishes, DPS compound baguio, DPS compound barangay, dried tomato flavor, dried tomato garnish, dried tomatoes, eat, eat baguio food, eat out baguio, eat-in-baguio, eateries, eatery, eating out Baguio, eating out in baguio, eats, eats baguio food, eats baguio foods, eats in Baguio, eats in Baguio City, eats-ploration, eats-ploration baguio, eats-plore, eats-plore baguio, eatsploration, eatsploration baguio, eatsplore, eatsplore baguio, eatsplorer, eatsplorers, eatsploring Baguio, empanada, espresso, establishment, establishments, excellently cooked pasta baguio, exercise sightseeing, exhaust, explore, explore Baguio city, explorer, explorers, famous restaurants in baguio, fancy, fantastic, fettuccine noodles, filling lunch baguio, find, find good Baguio food, find good food in Baguio, flavorful, foie gras, foie gras pizza, foie gras pizza baguio, follow the signs, food, food adventure, food adventures, food and drink, food business Baguio, food establishment, food establishments, food industry baguio, food quest, food trip, food trip in baguio, food trip with Xine, food trips, foodie, foodie trip, foodie trip Baguio, foodies, foods, fragrant pizza slices, funds, garlic sauce dip, gas money, gastronomic, get well, get well soon, gluttonously large proportions of food in one sitting, good, good Baguio food, good eats, good eats Baguio, good food, good foods, good stuff to eat in Baguio, great, great time, guide, guide to restaurants in Baguio City, hidden, hot sauce substitute, hotel, hour glass, how to go to amare baguio, hunt, IHG, inside the cucina, Intercontinental hotels group, intercontinental hotels group baguio, join food adventure, joy ride, Karla, keep a look out for newly opened places, life, life in excess, like empanada stuffing, list, Loakan, location, location Amare Restaurant Baguio, location in baguio map, location of baguio restaurant, love the food baguio, Love the kitchen baguio, love their kitchen love their food, lunch, man vs food, many Baguio food questers, Marianne's salad, Marianne's special, mark, marks, memories, memory, menu, MIA baguio, mildly flavored pizza, mint, mint iced tea baguio, missing in action, monosodium glutamate free Baguio, MSG free, new in town, new in town baguio, new in town pizzeria, new pizza place baguio, newly opened establishment, newly opened establishment baguio, newly opened where to eat in baguio, no MSG in Baguio eats, no MSG in Baguio food, no MSG in food, no.1, no1, open for business, opening promo, origins, outskirts, oven chimney, oven door, oven exhaust, P3, P3 food trip, pampering, passion, passion for food, pasta, Philippines, photoblog Baguio, photos, pines, pizza, pizza pasta skewers baguio, pizza size, pizzeria baguio, pizzeria brick oven, pizzeria brick oven baguio, place, places, places to eat, prawn pasta, prawns, price, pure tomato sauce, put off, quaint clock, quest, quests, Race, rating, ratings, recon ride, restaurant, restaurant new in Baguio, restaurants, revisions and additions to the menu, ribs, ribs and veggies Amare Baguio, salad, save on gas money, scrumptious, search, searching, secret, service, shrimp pasta, signs to Amare La Cucina Baguio, simple, snack, snacks, special salad dressing, spot, spout back to bottle, sprinkling of salt, staple, taste, tasty, the spot, thick and thin crust pizza baguio, time, tips, tips dining out Baguio, tre formaggi pizza, treasure, treasure chest, treasure chests, treasures, treats, tried, tried all Baguio restaurants, truffle shaving, Try, try eating at Baguio restaurants, vanilla ice cream espresso poured over, well placed signs, where to eat, where to eat in Baguio, where to eat in Baguio City, wood fire brick oven Baguio, wood fire brick oven pizza amare, wood fired ribs baguio, woodfire brick oven pizza baguio, woodfire food, x, x marks baguio food in baguio map, x marks baguio restaurants in baguio map, X marks the spot, Xine, xmarks, xmarks baguio, xmarks baguio food, xmarks baguio restaurants
Search for Good Baguio Food
X Marks the Spot for Good Baguio Foods is a personal blog. Everything posted in this blog is PERSONAL OPINION DERIVED FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE and since TASTE can be pretty SUBJECTIVE, should NOT be taken as THE NORM or the LAW OF DINING around in the City of Pines.
Its (prosaic =b) contents are meant to help with the question “san tayo?”/where do we go? in relation to eating out in Baguio, to ENCOURAGE EXPLORING (eatsploring) and TRYING NEW THINGS offered in the City of Pines.
By all means, eat where you want to eat and eat what you want to eat. May you have a great experience with all the places you visit and may all the restaurants you go to deserve a ton of treasure chests! (“,)
(Also, if you have any second thoughts about a certain place you arrive at, please DON'T LET THIS BLOG BE THE REASON YOU ARE FORCED into ending up anywhere. If the restaurant doesn’t have what you want, please FEEL FREE TO WALK AWAY.)
Who Picks Up the Tab? ^^,
Relive Recent Eatscapades =)
- Season’s Eatings Continue to 2020: Menus for Your Reference
- Seasons Eatings 2019: Menus for Your Reference
- With Master Tea; 1,2, Tea; and Nham Cha; Let’s Have A Tea Off!
- Pho Hanoi: Home of Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine in Baguio
- Baguio Good Eats Online
- Celebrating National Sardines Day with Mega Brand Sardines
- Mario’s Sunday Lunch Buffet: Baguio Sundays Made Special
Food Trip Archives
Where to Eat in Baguio
- ***TabLe of bLoG ConTenTs*** (1)
- **iNFoBiTes for Dining in Baguio (94)
- *Comfort in the Familiar a.k.a Xine's Favorites (",) (94)
- Accommodation Dining (Eating at Baguio Hotels, Inns, etc.) – Is It Worth It? (75)
- Baguio Breakfast Buffet Bonanza (9)
- Baguio Diner Dash Competition (5)
- Baguio Food Photo/Blog (80)
- Contrasts & Comparisons (17)
- Fine & Fancy … Dress to the Nines Dining (or not, if you don't want to =b) (32)
- Food for Thought a.k.a Think Before You Eat (5)
- Healthy Eats, Shoots and Leaves …and then some (17)
- New in Town (150)
- NotabLe eDibLes Ű (25)
- Origins (21)
- Staple Foods Baguio (51)
- Uncategorized (28)
- Updates & Supplements (103)
- ~*Intermission*~ (46)
- ~ScrumpTiouS GiveAwaYs!~ (13)