Il Padrino: A Better Cup of Coffee We Can’t Refuse
Another year, another 365 opportunities … to munch around, and explore, and live! I hope 2017 is starting out well for everybody and that it’s shaped up to be another fantastic year. =)
Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we, with a feature on one of the many, MAAANY Baguio restaurants that opened last year.
Here we go.
I must say that the opening of this cafe and restaurant is probably one of the most anticipated big reveals to me since we’ve seen its construction ongoing as well as we’ve been invited to their pre-opening celebration, months in advance. While Il Padrino resonates more as a cafe, most especially with their #yourbettercoffee tag, we soon found out that it’s an honest to goodness restaurant, with pages and pages of foodstuff to offer on their magazine-looking menu. \m/
With the highnesses of Eats OA and Sir Dean of Watwat World, we decided to start the day off with … pizza – a nice and lemony one with lots of olives and chicken pieces. Wee! I’m not really a fan of white sauce pizza but this was such an interesting and well executed flavor that I’m bound to change my mind about white sauce pizzas now.
We washed the tangy slices we had off with something from their hot beverage selection (because it’s chilly out *hee): Caramel hot chocolate for me and cafe mocha for Race. Luxurious drinks, both of those cups. I found me another hot choco drink fave, while Race quickly quietly savored the flavor of coffee beans sourced locally, from Benguet, in his drink.
Thumbing through the Il Padrino food list, the apricot steak salad caught my eye. Tenderloin pieces in salad, guys, tossed in with fresh greens with apricot mustard dressing. A classy salad if I do say so myself. =D
With the arrival of the Pangwi family, we heard the Il Padrino story [how it came to be, why the resto was named for “The Godfather” movie, other than it’s Sir Ervine’s favorite flick, it depicted the strength of family ties (which the Pangwi family seemed to have in spades)] direct from the horse’s mouth. (“,) With three cafes in the Metro Manila area and three in Pampanga, they felt that with their seventh store, it was time to go back to the City of Pines, Sir Ervine’s hometown.
And so Baguio now has a source for a better cup of coffee with the Il Padrino “homecoming”. ^^, There are also Baguio exclusive drink flavors on their line up, to boot. From the cute sample shots we tried that day, my favorite was the purple yam frappe which was so well crafted, it’s like drinking an ube cake. Two birds with one stone with this refreshment that’s also like a dessert. (Sipping totally beats chewing. *heeharhar)
In Il Padrino’s seventh store, its millennial-friendly ambiance (the other six has an old Italian mansion vibe to it, in contrast), we took the time to get to know the members of the Pangwi family, enjoyed the moment in each other’s company, over great dishes like Race’s beef mozzarella pick (the tenderest tenderloin he’s had he says), over wonderful cups/glasses of coffee. (Sir Dean loved their caffe Americano.)
… and over delectable desserts like their dulce de leche cake. “Best served cold” or at room temp, it was the perfect end to our meal. “Molto lussuoso”, extremely luxurious, cakebread covered with cream and caramelized/sweetened milk. *contented sighs
The Godfather: Part II
X+1 back for more, before the year ended.
This time, Race got a cappuccino … which makes him “strange and definitely like a tourist” for drinking a (huge) cup after 11:00 a.m. =b
I made sure we focused this visit on their best selling dishes and so we got their club sandwich. Deserving of the spot, this must be one of the most scrumptious sandwiches I’ve had to date. Nice sandwich to sauce ratio with lots of stuff in there like ham, bacon, chicken fillet, and veg. *burp
I couldn’t put my finger on the type of mayo they used but that was yum. Like Kewpie, but not Kewpie. If they make it themselves, the kitchen staff surely deserves a round of applause.
Their next best seller is pesto pasta but when I arrived at that page on the menu, every plate in the photos looked so good, I had a tough time settling for pesto. Marinara was calling, marsala was waving its arms, lemon Italian sausage was saying “here, here”. =)) In the end, it was jambalaya that won. A true Cajun recipe; Mamma Mia, that was spicy good.
Good thing, I got a grande sized toffee coffee frappe. With its White Rabbit candy tasting mix, it countered the spiciness of my order very well.
X marks Il Padrino Caffe + Ristorante for a #bettercupofcoffee AND good food in Baguio.
Il Padrino Caffe + Ristorante
Porta Vaga Building, Session Road (beside Tea House)
Baguio City, Philippines
I didn’t realize there were gift certificates inserted in the press kit until I set out to write this feature. Enough for The Godfather: Part III. #happydance
***Thank you so much to Sir Ervine, Ms. Mel, Ms. Michelle, Ms. Marikit and the whole Pangwi family for bringing Il Padrino home. Not only were our stomachs filled but also our souls and minds, inspired and refreshed, meeting you and hearing your story.
Thank you, Ms. Layella, Sir Yuji and Sir Ed for inviting us to be a part of this homecoming celebration. It was a pleasure to meet you all! More power and all the best for the new year!
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