Il Pittore Cafe

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For Team Glasses, this one is officially the start of our Maginhawa Street adventures together and for this one, my solo run and looking for a place to eat during the usual snacks in the afternoon. By a quick stroke of luck and proximity to where I was currently staying before my law school entrance exam, I found myself in Il Pittore, which means The Artist or The Painter in Italian. Hidden from view since it’s along the main street but tucked away in it’s own niche, it can be spotted readily enough with their distinctive sign.

Since it was cold outside after the rains, I decided on some soup first. When I visited, soup of the day was potato soup with hints of chopped parsley on top. I must say, that certainly hit the spot with its mild balance of flavors. Warm, hearty, and perfect for the cold.

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Potato Soup

Every thick and hearty soup needs some bread to go along with it. And lo and behold, I struck gold with their bruschetta. Simple ingredients of bread, a splash of vinaigrette, tomato slices, basil leaves, and shrimp, deceiving in its simple appearance, but to put it poetically, each bite leaves an array of colors that engulfs your tastebuds with its punches of flavor. In other words, a masterpiece.

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Brushetta

Throughout my stay, the owners Ryan and Olive were quite accommodating along with the coffee people outside, from what I needed to the story of how Il Pittore came to be. According to them, there’s a studio on the third floor, their fine dining room on second floor, and the actual cafe at ground level. I even got to do be part of the art but with a slight typo on the bruschetta, a perfect end to a great meal. I will definitely come back with Kat for more times to come when we have our Maginhawa food adventures.

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Food Score: 5/5. The food is balanced in its flavors and simple in execution, but their execution is what makes the food stand out and blend with the ambiance of the cafe.

Ambiance / Service Score: 5/5. Hands down, the customer service is impeccable and the ambiance of painted murals and dim lighting make for a relaxed artistic vibe, a place where you can relax, write, and draw in peace.

GERD Score: 4.5/5. While not all the items on the menu are heartburn friendly, there are plenty of options to choose from and still get your money’s worth.

Epilepsy Score: 4.5/5. Well, what can I say? What’s an Italian place without coffee? It’s a necessary thing here. Fortunately, there are smoothies and other drinks to tide people over. Also the ingredients are fresh, with almost no use of preservatives. The use of cured or preserved meats is kept to a minimum here, thus making dining much safer.

Team Glasses Score: 4.5/5. Il Pittore is a great place to eat, write, and create art for anyone with a taste for pasta, bruschetta, and doodling. The cafe’s has room for solo artists and groups of friends wanting their own niche to dine without the wine but in a private and cozy atmosphere.

Hi everyone, we’re taking in suggestions for our next food adventures  whether in Makati, Maginhawa, or anywhere in the Metro. Hope to hear from you soon.

il Pittore Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kismet Cafe

kismet-signboardWhenever we walk from Makati Avenue going to Rockwell, we never fail to see the various facets of life within those streets lit by neon and red lights. But what amazes us about the area is the fact that some of the best food places right in the city are located here. A small artistic café in just by the fringes is no exception.

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Caprese Panini

We’ve visited Kismet twice already and for the first time we went there, we both had different types of panini. Hers was the Oh So Cheesy and I had the Caprese, mini for both of us. Since that was a great date, we went again and this time ordered a Jalopeño Non Quezo for her and a slice of Oreo cake for me.

During the wait, we couldn’t help but be amazed by the handiwork of the artist/s who did the signs and wall paintings. Even with less light, the wall livens up the place and brings back bits of nostalgia from those wanderlust trips to the museum and seeing Persian art, with a touch of western and eastern quotes on the speech bubbles.

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Jalopeño Non Quezo

Food-wise, we had an amusing moment when I accidentally took too much of the hummus and ended up coughing on the paprika. Mea Culpa, but it was a laugh still. Paprika mishaps aside, the hummus was fresh and a notable part of the meal. And during our two trips there, each panini is cooked to the right temperature and the right level of crunch. The Oreo cake on the other hand was a surprise hit because it would match perfectly with coffee, even if we both don’t drink the stuff anymore, or with some tea. Bittersweet mix of the chocolate and the actual oreos on top were satisfying to eat, a treat.

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The slice of Oreo cake

And their note of ‘Please inform us of your dietary restrictions’ on the menu is a nice touch for people who live with some type of condition that doesn’t help them with their meals.

The Food Score:  4.5/5. The selection of food is balanced and definitely something that a foodie ought to consider that they are a nifty café and not exactly a restaurant that serves full meals. Their sandwiches are filling though, so that’s a plus still. Thankfully, there are coffee, juices, and teas that cater to anyone’s needs.

Ambiance/Service Score: 4/5. While the place is aesthetically pleasing hands down, one also has to consider how chaotic it might be to move around once all the tables are filled up.

GERD Score: 4/5. My experiences eating here are great quality and taste-wise. However, there really are items that any person with Heartburn shouldn’t even come close to.

Epilepsy Score: 4.5/5. Sure, there is coffee, but thankfully a selection of teas and juices is also available to those who can’t drink the golden brew. The fact that one can inform the staff of any dietary restrictions is a plus

Team Glasses Score: 4.5/5. For the two times we went here, we enjoyed our meals shared at Kismet cafe and will definitely come back for more.

The Kismet Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato