In Westgate Alabang, there’s a relatively new Italian restaurant called Da Gianni Cucina Italia. You’ve probably heard or read about this from the local show business and celebrity social media feeds that a local A-celebrity owns this restaurant. By celebrity we mean, Matteo Guidicelli. As skeptics that we are, we already have set our own subjective bias that most celebrity-owned restaurants are just mere hypes and are just capitalizing on their fame to lure in customers. Da Gianni proved us wrong. We dropped all our notions, savored each dishes with an open mind, and listened to the Guidecelli’s family back stories on how they curated each menu selections.
Da Gianni is everything you want in a casual neighborhood Italian restaurant —flattering lighting, plenty of exposed brick, terra-cotta floors, and wood tables with just the right amount of space between one another. The best part, though, Alabang’s laidback ambiance perfectly compliments this restaurant’s character. You are expected to stay long, enjoy a hearty meal, and save some space for dessert.
A Story Worth Telling
Da Gianni is named after the Guidecelli’s most loved grandfather who always expressed his wish to put up his own restaurant. This is actually their second, the first one being Trattoria Da Gianni in Cebu. Born in Northern Italy, Gianni grandfather to Giorgia, Matteo, and Paolo, moved to the Philippines in the 1970’s, fell in love with the country, and never left. A family who’s fond of home cooking from their own kitchen instead of eating out.
Gianni a few years later, leaving two of his helpers, Antonia and Jean, with no one to attend to any longer. The idea to put up a family restaurant has always hung over the head of Gianluca. Hence, Trattoria da Gianni (Cebu) was created. Puttin up this first restaurant gave Antonia and Jean something to look after now as they are the head chefs of the Cebu and Alabang restaurants.
FGDO Favourite Dishes
Freshly made kinds of pasta, from scratch sauces, premium Italian cheese and cold cuts, hearty soups, and probably the best dessert selections.
Grilled Tomino cheese wrapped in prosciutto and served with arugula and cherry tomatoes. A perfectly balanced bite of melted cheese, salty prosciutto, earthy meaty arugula, and the acidic cherry tomato.
Organic, grass-fed and 21 days wet-aged beef served with grilled vegetables. Take a slice then sprinkle a bit of Himalayan pink sea salt and fresh pepper.
This casual Italian restaurant is cozy, straightforward, and unpretentious. Their dishes are comforting and the most important part of all is the taste. Come for a strong offering of classics executed really well, with one of the city’s best Caprese salads. No shortcuts and no substitutions. A true Italian home cooking passed on through generations.
Their food is worth the splurge. It’s a great place to treat yourself for a hearty meal, impress your family & friends by treating them for brunch, and dinner dates.
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