Va Bene Pasta Deli – Petron, Dasma, Makati
I remember the first time someone told me about Va Bene, I thought it was really funny there was this authentic Italian restaurant right by the gas station outside my village. I’m so used to thinking of convenience stores and the standard fast food joint when nourishment and gas come up in the same thought bubble. I mean, I did get a 1.5 liter bottle of Coke just three days ago when I loaded a full tank at Shell.
When you get to this particular Petron station, you’ll find that the commercial establishments are aplenty. There’s your standard convenience joint, a coffee shop, a yogurt place, cake shops, a ham store, a shoe repair shop, some fast food joints, a doctor’s office and lastly, Va Bene Pasta Deli, which arguably boasts some of the best pasta dishes in Makati.
I was there at lunch on a weekday and was greeted with a lot of empty tables. To me, this isn’t a bad sign, it just means I’ll probably get faster, better service. The space is small and the walls are adorned with numerous awards Va Bene’s received throughout its lifespan.
My childhood friend, Alex was here for work from Singapore and I hadn’t seen her for months so it was nice to catch up. I picked Va Bene not knowing that she stopped eating white carbs so that day had to be an exception.
For starters, we were served some bruschetta. This is a freebie everyone gets after ordering. This simple appetizer consists of bread, fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil olive oil, and parmesan. It gets pretty addictive once you start eating it but because it tastes so fresh and light, you end up finishing it all and not feeling very full afterwards. This is a good thing assuming you have a big appetite and a full pasta order awaiting.
What sets Va Bene apart from other restaurants is that they make their own fresh pasta daily. The restaurant is run by Chef Massimo Veronesi who was the chef of Mi Piace Italian at the Peninsula for 5 years before starting Va Bene. Alex had the Blank Ink Tagliolini (Php 390) with seafood marinara in light tomato cream sauce. Despite breaking some diet restrictions, Alex was really happy with this dish. The servings were generous, there was enough pasta, sauce and seafood to fill her up. I managed to have a bite of this and thought it was excellent. I think the squid ink pasta gives the marinara a bolder seafood flavor.
Here’s what I always get: Organic Eggs Tagliolini (Php 390) with portobello mushrooms, white wine cream sauce and truffle oil. It’s basically my go-to truffle pasta. Whenever I’m craving that, this is the only place I want to eat it. Noodles are al dente, the cream sauce and mushrooms are a predictably safe albeit winning combo for comfort. It isn’t doused in truffle oil but the general whiff and subtle aftertaste is there. If you only need to try one dish there, it’s this.
I know a lot of people who are fond of their ravioli dishes but generally, if pasta’s what you’re looking for it’s really hard to order anything wrong at Va Bene. The only real issue I have with this place is that parking is so terribly difficult so hitch a ride with someone or commute so that doesn’t need to be a problem. If you’re looking for authentic Italian food on a fairly decent budget, Va Bene gives a bang for your buck.
Va Bene Pasta Deli
2/F Petron Gas Station, EDSA
Dasmariñas Village – North, Makati
I think I’ll be in the area this weekend, so I’ll definitely check Va Bene Pasta Deli out. Will take your word for it and get the Organic Eggs Tagliolini! 😀 Imma bring the boyf here too since he’s a big fan of Italian cuisine.
Btw, it was so nice meeting you last night! 🙂 Hope to see you again soon!
Nice to meet you too! I had a lot of fun last night so I hope to bump into you in more events. Haha
Awesome! Lemme know if you guys like it too. 😀
I enjoyed the pasta for being fresh and handmade– the texture was really great.
I ordered the
Ricotta Eggplant Tortellini and Alguien had the Papardelle. Both were very salty Which is saying a lot because I like boldly seasoned food. My guess is both were slow items and kept getting reheated? Either way it was a bit of a letdown. Your order looks delicious though!
Should you ever have the hankering to replicate that at home, try to get your paws on a jar of salsa tartufata–it looks like this http://bit.ly/1cZyZpk– a bit pricey, but goes a long way. Heavenly on bread too.
🙂 just dropping by. this made me hungry.
Hi Nayna, I neglected my blog for a bit so I just saw this now. Sad naman that the food sucked when you checked it out. I don’t like it when food’s too salty so yikes. Get the organic egg pasta next time, never fails.
Where do I get salsa tartufata in Manila? Do they have it in Santi’s kaya?