We accidentally found Bellini’s Marikina during our last visit to Lia’s pediatrician for her measles vaccine. Actually, our finding it was not really very accidental since we knew Bellini’s is around the area, as was mentioned to us by our good friends Abet and Hash, who had their anniversary dinner same day Bellini’s celebrated their first anniversary in Marikina. (The original Bellini’s is in one of my favorite places in Metro Manila – Cubao Expo, formerly known as the Marikina Shoe Expo.) 😉
Bellini’s Cubao, November 2009
Bellini’s is right across from the nearest and perhaps only available parking space in the area. I must say Marikina is such a nice city because it seems like a bigger and more spacious version of Quiapo. I always make it a point to buy fruits from the market across the clinic where fruits are cheap! This time around, walking from the clinic to the parking space, we also accidentally found a nice store to buy cheap brandless diapers and baby wipes. No need to go to Quiapo! Hoorah for that!
This is what you will see when you get inside. Though this is the view from my table, as you can see the doors on the left side. 😉
It was about eleven in the morning when we got to Bellini’s and it was empty.
A closer look at the painting on the wall.
Upon entering the doors, wall painting on the left, more tables on the right.
Photo wall on the right. Did not get to see a closer look though. Here, Ryan is showing Lia the photos while I eat.
The well-trained staff assisted us with our menu choices. We ended ordering the appetizer, which looked good on the table from where I was sitting.
Little window at the back is the kitchen. The chef was making pizza. 🙂
Appetizer (composed of five different kinds of food); P300, small
If you know me, you will not ask me what these are, since I am absolutely stupid when it comes to food. I just eat away and don’t bother to know what I am eating. These appetizers were good though! Real good! I thought to myself, “Maybe next time I go to Bellini’s and just order the appetizers.”
And of course, since this is an Italian eatery, we ordered pizza and seafood pasta.
Lia looks like she is absolutely enjoying the food.
We had a hard time though with their high-chair since it was not ideal for kids of Lia’s age group.
Us wearing our current favorite dresses. Lia is salivating on, either the food or the high chair. Though, literally, she was salivating on the high chair.
While we were eating, an Italian came in, we think Bellini’s son, came knocking at the door. Yeah, he actually knocked. Then he was chatting with the staff and then us. He even ran around my table to pick up the fork I accidentally dropped on the floor and immediately replaced it himself.
When we left, he was standing by the table of an elderly couple who came in about thirty minutes after we did, chatting away.
Our bill was about P1,100. Ryan said afterwards, “I think we’ve found a better Italian restaurant than Cantinetta!”
I shouldn’t even have to say that I love Italian and Mexican food. It might just be worth mentioning too that I do not eat Japanese food at all. 😉
“Yeah! We love this Italian eatery! You should come!” – Lia
For more on this Italian restaurant, read what this blogger had to say.
Also, read what Anton has. It’s informative and so much better than this post. Hahaha! Not that I’m competing, I am just documenting my otherwise boring life. 😉 Haha.