Restaurant Review: Cucina di Francesco

I first worked as a technical support representative in an antivirus company in Libis. The long travel time and shifting schedule forced me to quit my job after a four-month stint. I honestly don’t like going back to Libis, but I make an exception when we go to St. Pio Chapel. As many of you know, my husband and I spent four years battling infertility. Going to the chapel and asking for the intercession of Padre Pio helped us big time in coping with the stress brought by multiple failed fertility workups. That is why when our little darling was born, we promised to bring her every year on her birthday to St. Pio Chapel. Zayne turned two last month, and our first order of business was paying Padre Pio a visit!

We usually proceed to Eastwood after going to St. Pio Chapel. But because we had a full schedule that day (and we also wanted to save on parking fees, haha), my husband and I decided to just grab lunch at the nearest possible restaurant – Cucina di Francesco! We’ve seen this restaurant during our previous visits, but we never really felt the urge to give it a try. But, oh boy! I was so glad that we finally did!!!

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Zayne’s birthday fell on a Tuesday so it’s probably why the restaurant was quite relaxed when we had our lunch. There were available seats on the first level that’s why I didn’t get the chance to check out the rest of the restaurant. I loved the simple interiors of Cucina di Francesco. I honestly don’t know why, but for me, the white brick wall shown in the photo above was so refreshing to look at!

Since it was Zayne’s birthday, we gave her the liberty to choose what we were going to have for lunch. She has been obsessed with pancit for months so she replied, “PANCIT” without thinking twice! She’s now at the stage in which she refers to everything that has  pasta or noodles as pancit. We were in an Italian restaurant so we had carbonara to replace pancit. Hihi. Zayne didn’t mind at all. As a matter of fact, she loved it!

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The creamy carbonara is topped with bacon bits and an egg cooked sunny-side up. The runny yolk definitely made the carbonara extra creamier. Looking at our plate, I was expecting it to be a bit overpowering, but it wasn’t! Saktong-sakto. Walang umay factor! The crispy bacon bits gave more texture and flavor to this pasta dish. My husband, who is a big fan of carbonara, said, “In fairness dito ha! Ang sarap! Hindi halatang 195 lang!”

In a scale of 1 to 10, this carbonara is in the go-on-take-my-money level of awesomeness! Hindi makatarungan na 195 petot lang ‘tong carbonara na ‘to! HAHAHAHAHA!

We were still a bit full from breakfast so we opted to just have a pizza for us to share. We were contemplating on getting Tre Formaggi, but my husband’s taste buds have a love-hate relationship with certain kinds of cheese. Hihihi. Our server suggested we try Quattro Stagioni instead.

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This pizza has four different toppings – mushrooms, olives, ham and artichokes. The subtlety of the cheese paved the way for the varying flavors of the toppings. I absolutely enjoyed eating this pizza! I am just not sure if my husband felt the same way. I’m sure that he enjoyed the slices with the ham and mushrooms. He let me finish those with olives and artichokes. I didn’t mind at all because I love the briny taste of the olives and the earthy and citrusy taste of the artichokes.

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Cucina di Francesco also serves coffee and different kinds of pastries. Zayne was roaming around the restaurant while we were waiting for food to be served. She kept on looking at the different kinds of breads and pastries. And because it was her birthday, she made use of her “pass” and asked for a dessert. If you’ve been following this blog, then you are probably aware of my “No Sugar until You’re Two” rule with Zayne. At dahil two years old na siya, we allowed her to have a cheat day. She kept on asking for an apple pie!

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Zayne didn’t mind the apple pie after one bite. It might be because she isn’t used to eating sweets. I ended up finishing it. Who am I to complain? Hihi! I loved that it wasn’t overly sweet. The apple filling is also very generous.

My husband and I now enjoy our food trips more with Zayne around. It really helped that we practiced baby-led weaning so we can all eat at the same time. It’s just extra challenging for me to document all our food trips which explains the scarcity of my food-related posts. Why?

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This is why!

Cucina di Francesco
RER Compound (St. Pio Chapel),
188 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue,
Bagumbayan, Libis,
Quezon City

* All photos were taken with an Asus Zenfone Selfie

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