Every day for five days, you’re stuck in a routine of work-home-work-home. By the time it hits Friday, you’re racing out of the office right on time. Whether you love your job or hate it, Friday afternoons are a big reprieve. You want to relax, unwind, forget about work for the next few hours, bond over boys, food, taxes and the like with your best friend. You don’t want to wait after dinner, you want to drink right now.
We’ll let you in a little secret ladies, we know where you should head to. It’s Bella Notte at Finestra Italian Steakhouse in Solaire Hotel. Their goal is to let ladies like us have Bella Notte that’s translated into “beautiful night” in Italian and there’s no better way to start that but here in Finestra. For Ladies night, they have two offerings, the Aperitivo and the Serrata Tra Raggaze.
To start, What is Aperitivo? Aperitivo is similar to the American “Happy Hour”, but it means much more to the Italians. Aperitivo is a northern Italian tradition, where you have a pre-meal drink with light snacks or finger food that’s designed to stimulate your appetite for dinner.
The moment you step into Finestra, the first thing you’ll notice is the bar where they have the Aperitivo at Finestra. The long marble counter topped with various cheeses, dips, and cold cuts. Right behind that is the bar counter with their wide selection of liquor.
Take your seat, and ask Carl what he’ll recommend for you. Make sure to mention your there for the Aperitivo and help yourself with the cheese and cold cuts counter.
His first recommendation was the Gangster Martini, this light, and fruity cocktail has hints of pineapple and almonds. It’s refreshing and very easy to drink.
The next was the Negroni, it’s a gin-based drink topped with orange zest. The orange scent fills your nostrils every time you take a sip. It’s a bit stronger than the two other drinks.
The last drink we tried was the Limoncello Sangria, it was sweetly fruity and very easy to drink but watch out it does have a bit of a kick, after all, limoncello is 90% alcohol.
As your sipping on these appetizing drinks, they’ll serve you a number of different bar chows and finger food.
What stood out to us was the Truffle Arancini, Foie Gras, and the Osso Buco. The Foie Gras simply melted and sent our tongues into overdrive as it creamy and rich texture created a momentary happy explosion in my mouth.
The Aperitivois available at the bar on Fridays from 5:30-7:30 pm, and is Buy One Take One for Ladies for only 1,288php inclusive of service charge and tax.
Since this is a pre-dinner meal meant to stimulate we now head into the main dining area. For the Serrata tra Raggaze which literally translates into “Ladies Night“, they have a three-course offering.
As you look around further, you feel that you’ve stepped into Old Hollywood, with the high ceilings, a grand hanging chandeliers made of Murano glass, and a jazz singer.
As you make your way across the room, you notice the open kitchen with the flames burning but their excellent exhaust system has removed any remnants of any smell you usually have from cooking.
As you wait for your first course, you are given a bread basket, where they will have already prepared the dipping sauce. Unlike other establishments, they have already placed the butter on each of the slices of bread when it’s served. It was warm, soft chewy and very appetizing.
Finestra’s Serata Tra Regazze comes with excellently prepared 3-course meal
- Starters: Alaskan Crab Cake or Rocket Salad
- Mains: Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna or Porcini Risotto w/ Foie Gras
- Desserts: Baked Alaska or Tiramisu.
The Food Experience
The Alaskan Crab Cake was filled with thick chunks of fresh crab, with hints of old bay and lemon that was well complemented by the Italian slaw.
The Rocket Salad was well balanced, fresh and delicate.
For the main course, you have the option of Grilled Yellow Fin Tuna or Risotto Porcini.
The Grilled Yellow Fin was cooked beautifully with hints of pink in the meat and topped with breadcrumbs and crushed Jamon that gave another layer of flavor to the tuna.
The Risotto Porcini, on the other hand, was rich and decadent. We were in for a surprise when there was a piece of beautifully cooked foie gras on the top. Each bite was so sinful and it melted in your mouth.
For dessert, you have the choice between Baked Alaska or the Tiramisu. Baked Alaska, was cold and sweet, exactly how we want our dessert
The Tiramisu, on the other hand, was full flavor. You can taste the different notes of coffee, rum, and cream in one full bite. Another value add to the whole experience was their complimentary collection of fine chocolates, a dark wooden box of chocolates would be brought across the room and offered to those dining, pick any you want and enjoy the after-dinner chocolate.
The Serrata tra Raggaze or three-course meal made especially for Ladies night is priced at 1,830 PHP inclusive of tax and service charge.
Bella Notte at Finestra was truly a great experience. From the moment you enter the door, you are welcomed into this world of glitz and glamour and given the royal treatment. This is THE experience you want to have on your ladies night. A night of carefree worry, care, laughter and delicious bites. Now we have to wait another work week but we’ll be sure to be back again.
Finesta Italian Steakhouse
- Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque
- Reservations: +632 246 90 72
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