I finally had the chance to spend time with one of my closest friends from High School – Mawee Borromeo. Does her name ring a bell? You might have seen her money making illustrations spread out across Cosmopolitan Magazine, MEG and campaigns from big time brands such as Dove and Goody. The Food for Keeps banner is also a Mawee Borromeo original. Check out her portfolio here.
Mawee and I met back in Sophomore year in 2006, so that’s about 10 years of friendship right there. We literally have gone through every awkward teenager stage one goes through a lifetime. From wearing corduroy hoodies to cloth vests, we got through it alive hand in hand (what are friends for right?) For the long awaited Tita lunch session we opted to eat at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza at Serendra, BGC.
The restaurant provides a mellow type of ambiance that’s just absolutely perfect for our kwento session. We were hungry and needed food pronto so we ordered the first few items we saw on the menu.
Buffalo Mozzarella – Php 245.00 (+ Php 15.00 for bread)
This one wins the lotto. This just became my favorite appetizer. The Buffalo Mozzarella is like a variation of a really thick and rich Kesong Puti. It has that strong distinct kesong Puti taste but firm as a mozzarella. This is perfect with toasted bread on the side to work up your appetite.
Salted Egg Pasta – Php 210.00
Have you guys ever heard of Salted Egg Pasta? (No?) Well neither have I. At first I thought it was a bit odd to have Salted Egg as the main ingredient in a pasta. But it was like love at first bite, it was a nice unexpected surprise. It has that familiar taste of Salted Egg or ‘itlog na maalat’ without overpowering the whole meal.
Prosciutto Pizza – Php 445.00
Who doesn’t love Prosciutto? Thin sliced meat smoked to perfection that almosts melt in your mouth. Thank you Gino for combining two favorites in one. The pizza was so soft and lightly chewy although I did expect the dough to be a little bit thicker.
The most surprising twist to this supposed to be ordinary lunch was Gino’s Spicy Honey. Combining 2 completely opposite flavors to create that perfect harmony to make your taste buds go wild. Who knew drizzling spicy honey all over your pizza and pasta will add that extra kick you never knew you needed? Sweet & Spicy are both distinct flavors; I guess it’s just like Mawee and I, we’re the complete opposites when it comes to, well everything. Yet, we have this amazing bond that no one, and nothing can ever get in the way with.