Daniele’s Italian Flavors (ClicktheCity.com)

(This food feature was published in ClicktheCity.com last November 7, 2011)

There was a sense of familiarity as I entered Daniele’s Casa Mia. The set-up seemed very familiar as well as the homey ambience, and there were a lot of artworks that adorned the space. The paintings on the wall showed colorful scenes from Italy, but the eye-catching pieces were the miniature replicas of famous attractions such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum in Rome.
I voiced out my thoughts saying that the place looks so similar to Bellini’s, the Italian restaurant in Cubao X. When one of the staff overheard my comment, she mentioned that the owner is, in fact, the son of the Bellini’s restaurateur. So that’s why the atmosphere seemed so familiar, as well as the menu.

Tasting authentic Italian Cuisine

There were some items in the menu that I didn’t recognize, much less correctly pronounce, but our knowledgeable server was happy to answer our questions. He even offered an appetizer that was not listed on the menu and we happily agreed on trying it.

While we waited for our food, the real-life Daniele popped up on our side of the restaurant and said hello to us in his native language. I thought it was a nice gesture for the owner to personally greet his diners.

It wasn’t too long when our orders started to arrive. For starters, we tried the grilled porcini mushroom cap that is served with arugula leaves, slivers of Parmesan cheese, and a dip made with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I tasted a little bit of everything in one bite and thought that the serving was just good for one. I would have loved to finish the whole plate but I had to share some with my family.

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