When I came back to El Nido after not being there for a year, I found myself lost in all the new establishments. I went to my favorite restaurants first, of course. But the first “new” restaurant that I found myself in was Trattoria Altrov’e, right at the corner of Calle Hama and the street where I used to live in 2005.
It’s a restaurant open only for dinner and located on the second floor. By the entrance on the ground floor is the pugon (brick kiln or oven) and the pizza preparation area. Guests have to leave their footwear at the bottom of the stairs and climb up to get to the restaurant.
It’s a small place and can get really full quick. Prices can be steep, a pizza can cost up to Php400+ BUT it is really, really good.
I fell in love with this place the very first time I went there.
My favorite place table was on the raised platform right by the windows and near the bathroom because it was very cozy! I loved the low tables, and the pillows on the floor.
It was great for just hanging out. Aside from the fact that they have really good customer service, i.e. they provided Lia with coloring books and crayons every time we were there, Lia also loved the bathroom! It has got to be the most comfortable bathroom in all of the establishments in all of El Nido town. Lia loved going to the bathroom all the time! It smelled nice, had rugs on a clean dry floor, and toilet paper. It’s clean and spacious. Outside, by the door, they have a sink with a mirror, liquid hand wash, and a towel to wipe your hands with.
They have pizza, pasta, risotto, desserts, and drinks on the menu. We always had pizza every time we were there. And the pizza is really good. I’d recommend this place anytime to anyone.
According to a review on Virtual Tourist, Altrove has the best pizza in town!
“This restaurant is located along the main road. You can’t miss it, as you see the brick oven facing the street. You have to leave your slippers at the entrance and enter barefoot. The floor is made of dark hardwood as are the walls. The ceiling is lighter and high with 2 ceiling fans cooling the guests. The CR is perhaps the cleanest in town. They have nice ambient music and serve delicious food. The ingredients are mostly imported. Their pastas are mouthwatering and the pizza is to die for! ”
I had loved eating in El Nido. The restaurants are pricey but I loved eating out. (Yes, I spent a lot of my money on that!) When I first came to El Nido last July, I was looking like this:
And before I left in September, I was already looking like this:
Boy, was I ecstatic about that weight gain! 😛
When Lia and I go there, just the two of us, our bill’s usually about Php600. But the pizza can be so filling that when our group went there for dinner last September, we had pizza, two pasta, and drinks all around, our bill only amounted to Php1,300+. That is not expensive at all for a group!
My friends and I loved this restaurant. What I loved about going out in El Nido was the good food and the company of good friends. That’s what I really miss the most.
The owner, Martin, and the manager, Žiga, are both Slovenian though (not Italian!) and at least one of them can be seen everyday at the resto, making sure that everything is in order and that guests are getting seated, orders are being taken, needs are being attended to and food is being served quick. Lia and I went there once when it was raining really hard, and the staff met us at the stairs with an umbrella. I appreciated that gesture very much! Even Martin himself played with Lia while we were there. Lia called him “scary man” though, because they were playing the scary monster game. Martin is quite nice though. Really, one should dine at Trattoria Altrov’e even once, when one finds himself/herself in El Nido.
Find Trattoria Altrov’e on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrattoriaAltrove
Here are some more photos from their Facebook page: