Thursday, August 8, 2013

Friuli Trattoria -- for the nth time

Summary: Affordable Italian comfort food. Bring your friends or a non-maarte date.

If there's a restaurant I'd never tire of visiting, it's Friuli. If you're special in my life, chances are, I've eaten with Friuli with you (if I haven't, let's set a date soon).

Friuli is located in the humble street of Maginhawa, QC -- the popular home of many other culinary delights perfect for UP Diliman's stereotypical artsy-hippie-laidback counterculture.  Friuli serves funky and affordable Italian food. Funky because I love the sound of funky, never mind that it doesn't seem to say anything.  And affordable, because it's affordable compared to the there-goes-my-budget-this-week prices of other Italian restaurants you'd find in the posher areas of Manila. It's the perfect place to hang out with friends or to go on a casual date -- you know that type of date where you don't have to care about impressing each other.  Let the food impress you.

Pizza Margherita 

"Simply a combination of garlic and herbs, smothered with two layers of of mozzarella topped with fresh tomatoes."

A favorite. So much so that I don't seem to crave ordering any other pizza flavor. Crust is thin and crispy, and I love the healthy combination of tomatoes, herbs, and garlic.

Friuli Pizza Margherita
Pizza Margherita - P180
Angel Hair Puttanesca

Olives -- check. Italian sauce with fresh tomatoes (not sweet Pinoy style) -- check. This pasta dish is simple yet tasty. I think you can request for normal spaghetti noodles for this recipe, but I personally love the texture of the thinner Angel Hair pasta.

 Puttanesca - P130
After Eight Gelato Cake

If you love dark chocolate and mint, don't miss out on this. Melts pretty fast, but you'd want to eat it pretty fast, anyway. See, the cake in my picture is melting already!

After Eight - P85
Nero Tartufo 

Since I love dark chocolate, the Nero Tartufo has to be part of the mainstay desserts. The Nero is a ball of thick dark chocolate dusted with cocoa powder. You'll either be pleasantly or unpleasantly surprised with the cherry center. This dessert is still worth ordering even if you don't like cherries (I don't).  You can easily weed out the small cherry and give it to your friend. If you're not a fan of dark chocolate, you can get it's white version, the Bianco Tartufo.

Nero Tartufo - P100

Aside from pasta, pizza, and gelato; Friuli also serves tea, soup, and appetizers. I suggest getting a reservation beforehand since the place tends to get full, especially on weekend nights.  Also, don't expect clean tablecloths and a quiet ambiance all the time. If you want a quiet meal and a sure parking space, I suggest going here for lunch or for an early afternoon snack. Or you can always have your meal to-go and eat your pizza and pasta in the comforts of your own home.

I've visited Friuli many times. But since it's my friend's Leo's birthday today, and all my Friuli pictures are from Leo, and eating is all about relationships; here are some of my eating-at-Friuli-with-a-friend-named-Leo pictures:

Friuli Trattoria is located at 79-A Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City. It's open from 10am to 2am daily. For reservations, call (02) 434 1416.