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.
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.
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.
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.