Classic Italian Cuisine at Bistro Casanova (

(This feature was published in last July 9, 2012)

Sometimes the best food discoveries are not found in malls and other big commercial establishments but in quaint, hole in the wall places. My latest food finds are served at the Italian restaurant called Bistro Casanova, which is located in the quiet side of Burgos Circle at Fort Bonifacio Global City.

This charming resto-bar opened in early 2011 and it is the second branch of this now six-year-old brand. The secret to its success is that it offers authentic Italian cuisine. Diners may choose from a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, risotto, entrées, and desserts. Nearby condominium residents would probably enjoy eating there regularly, as the menu has a wide selection of fine Italian dishes.

A slice of Venice

The warm atmosphere welcome me as I entered the establishment. I glanced around the cozy restaurant and my eyes stopped at the focal point of the room—the hand painted mural of the canals in Venice. The vibrant artwork adds to the dining experience, as well as the little décor accents such as the genuine Murano mirror and lighting fixtures.

Most of the dining tables were indoors but the restaurant also has an al fresco area where some regulars enjoy hanging out. Bistro Casanova also has its own telescope, which diners are welcome to use especially on a clear night out. Unfortunately, it was a rainy night when we visited the restaurant so we were not able to go stargazing. But the telescope was not the main attraction, it was the food.

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