From pastas and ultra-tender Charcoal-Grilled Lamb Chops, to mouthwatering pizzas, to some of the best Tiramisu in the city, Salvatore Cuomo has all things Italian pretty well-covered. The restaurant favors simplicity over whimsy and tradition over fashion yet the food here is never ordinary.
The heart and soul of Salvatore Cuomo remains the same: Neapolitan-leaning dishes like Zuppa di Pesce, Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala, Spaghetti alle Vongole, and thanks to their custom-made, wood-burning oven shipped from Italy, the kitchen has been slinging 10 varieties of perfectly-blistered pizzas, too.
The space is warm, cozy, charming, and entirely devoid of pretension and you’ll want to order a bottle of well-chosen wine (the caliber of the wine list goes without saying) for the table or a glass of Sangria before diving into the food.
Start with Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala; It’s light, refreshing, and delicious. The Tagliere di Affettati is also a must-try. You get to sample thin-slices of assorted premium meats such as the Parma Ham, Neapolitan Salami, and Mortadella Ham.
When ordering, it’s hard to make a mistake amid the menu of old-school classics, like Spaghetti Carbonara and Risotto ai Frutti di Mare (Seafood Risotto). Try the Quattro Formaggi Pizza and drizzle it with Honey or the Porcini E Porchetta Pizza for something straightforward and satisfying; and, get your hearty protein fix via the Beef Rib-Eye Steak or the Charcoal-Grilled Lamb Chops.
These dishes are made from selected high-quality ingredients–some were even sourced from Japan and Italy–so they’re just as impeccable and the attention to regional Italian tradition is just as detailed. In case you needed further proof that Salvatore Cuomo has elevated Manila‘s Italian restaurant scene, order the creamy Amaretto Panna Cotta with Fresh Mango Sauce or the decadent Tiramisu to finish the evening.
Now if you want to dine at Salvatore Cuomo but just can’t foot the bill, your solution is their New Lunch Menu**. You can have the same dish at a fraction of the price if you go between 11:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays through Fridays. The main differences are portion size and price. Lunch entrees tend to be a bit smaller and cost less but they have all the flavour of full-sized meals and you’re guaranteed the same restaurant service experience. This also sounds like the perfect lunch escape from work for those working in the area.
Between the warmth of the restaurant and the compelling simplicity of the food, there is something especially comfortable about Salvatore Cuomo. Whether you’re here for a date night or just a good meal out with your friends or family, this place offers sumptuous, well-executed Italian dishes that you will always remember.