18 January 2010
Food Trip: Bellini’s
Mr. Roberto Bellini is a real former Italian paparazzo, as evidenced by the numerous photographs displayed on Bellini’s walls. Several photographs are those of international celebrities, famous tenors, sought after musicians, different countries’ presidents/prime ministers, well-known members of royal families, etc.
Bellini’s is highly visually interesting, its ambiance is comfortable yet elegant. Whilst most of the walls are adorned by numerous pictures, some of the walls and ceilings are adorned by paintings. The restaurant’s corners are meticulously designed with Italian ornaments – – say for example a small replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, violins, bottles of Italian wine, a small replica of the coliseum of Rome, etc.
I’ve been to Bellini’s at least thrice — twice at Bellini’s Cubao and once at Bellini’s Marikina (which is owned by Roberto’s son, Daniel, another photography enthusiast.) — and have ordered the same dish thrice (but managed to taste my companion’s food too =p ). I highly recommend Bellini’s risottos, soups, and thin pizzas.
I was in cloud nine. Good food. Great ambiance. Nice interesting photographs. Approachable owner. Reasonable bill.
Risotto ai funghi
Real bliss. Good food. Great ambiance. Nice interesting photographs. Approachable photography-enthusiast owner. Reasonable bill.
Address: Cubao Branch: Cubao Shoe Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Marikina City Branch: 269 JP Rizal St. Sta Elena, Marikina City
Telephone Number: Cubao Branch: +632 913 2550
Marikina City Branch: +632 646 5412
Budget: PHP 250 – 500 per person
Others: I would recommend that you go to Bellini’s during off-peak resto hours. The place could be packed at times, thus making food service slow.
The Marikina branch is managed by the Daniel Bellini, Roberto’s son. He is a nice approachable Italian gentleman. Be prepared to share photography techniques and tips, as Daniel, like his dad, is a real paparazzo too. Check out his work at the Marikina branch.
Does the place look familiar? Yup, One More Chance by Jonn Lloyd and Bea Alonzo was shot here.
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