We all know Parmigiano Ristorante Pizzeria as one of the best Italian restaurants in Manila. They serve authentic Italian cuisine using imported ingredients, with competitive prices. Last March, they opened their newest branch in the south of the metro named Villa Parmigiano. I was invited here along with other southie bloggers and influencers to try out their menu.
Here’s my experience/review of Villa Parmigiano in Alabang West!
Italian Food at Its Best
I really enjoy Italian food, and I have high standards for Italian restaurants compared to others. I like how it’s usually made with simple, fresh ingredients. A good portion of bread makes for a great starter, a well-made margherita pizza can rival the usual overloaded pizzas that we Filipinos are accustomed to, and freshly made pasta with olive oil can be a filling meal. So I was looking forward to see the menu here at Villa Parmigiano.
Villa Parmigiano is a villa-style restaurant located in Alabang West, along Daang Hari Road. They have unique interiors featuring high ceiling, large windows, and a grand staircase that leads to a mezzanine, which can be booked for private functions. They also have alfresco tables for those who prefer to eat outside (I read that it is nice here particularly during sunsets).
This branch has exclusive items in their menu, which you can’t find in other branches, such as the Pizza dela Nonna.
We arrived here after lunch and I was surprised that the restaurant was full. First, we were served with a basket of complimentary bread with dips, a custom in Italian restaurants. Followed by Insalata di Tortilla e Burrata, which is a mixed greens salad with burrata cheese. Both were good.
For the pasta, we had Fetuccine Alfredo. This is prepared in a parmigiano wheel, and when you order you can watch how it is done. We watched the Italian head chef, Chef Mario, light up the cheese wheel using alcohol and then pour in the pasta until it is coated with the scraped cheese. It was mesmerizing to see and one of the highlights of our dining experience.
How was the pasta? It looked simple but it was delicious.
Another pasta that we tried is Ravioli di Zucca e Ricotta, which is homemade ravioli filled with pumpkin and ricotta in truffle and ricotta cream sauce. I think it’s my first time to have raviolis these big. The truffle sauce was particularly good.
For the pizza, we tried three different items: Prosciutto e Stracchino, Pizza dela Nonna (an exclusive in Alabang West branch), and Pepperoni e Burrata. Of these, I particularly liked the latter two. Pizza dela Nona has very nice flavors, and Pepperoni e Burrata is delicious as well — plus I enjoy cutting up the burrata cheese and then spreading it out. Haha.
Their pizzas are reasonably priced too (around P500-600+ per pizza).
We also had Bistecca Alla Florentina, which is grilled Italian porterhouse steak. This is one of the more expensive items in their menu (P590 per 100g / each serving is about 800g to 1kg), but the serving is huge and good for sharing. All I can say is: it was perfect. I’d say that if you can splurge, this is one of the must-try foods at Villa Parmigiano.
The last item in our main course is Cernia al Forno, or whole roasted red snapper. My companions who weren’t eating meat enjoyed it. I only took a bite because I didn’t feel like mixing the taste of fish with carbs at that time.
For dessert, we had small cakes. I liked that these aren’t particularly sweet, with mild flavors. If you prefer stronger flavors, they also have a gooey chocolate cake.
I find the food served at Villa Parmigiano to be excellent overall. Their location and menu is ideal for couples and group dining, so you can bring your family or friends over for a nice Italian dining experience. I think getting in this restaurant can be challenging if you’re a commuter, but it’s easy if you have a car and they have plenty of parking spaces as well.
About Villa Parmigiano
Villa Parmigiano is located in Alabang West, just beside Burger King and McDonalds.
Address: Daang Hari Road, Alabang West, Las Pinas City
Schedule: Opens daily from 11AM to 11PM
Disclaimer: Our meal was provided for free. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you been to Villa Parmigiano in Alabang West? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments section below!
Katherine Cortes is a long-time backpacker and a freelance writer/editor. She likes beaches, snorkeling trips, and relaxing staycations (preferably with bath tubs!).