In celebration of Louie’s 30th birthday last Wednesday, we had dinner in Galileo Enoteca, the first restaurant that came to his mind after a long day at work. “Galileo Enoteca Deli” literally means Library of Wines. He had been wanting us to try and experience dining in their uniquely decorated wine cellar style dining rooms, where the walls are covered with bottles of high quality wines. We heard that this restaurant in Highway Hills does great food, in a cozy space, and they treat you like you’re a lot more important than you are. If you’re in need of a place to take someone special, set your course here.
Review of Galileo Enoteca (Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City)
Galileo Enoteca Deli and Restaurant looks like a production. One glance and you’ll know for sure that it specializes in wines, cheese, assorted cold cuts and meat, and antipasti boards. It’s a classy hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant with a sophisticated vibe. The lighting is dim, setting the mood up for intimate dining, where events like Valentine’s Day, a first date, an important anniversary, or a proposal would be perfectly spent. There’s quite a number of communal tables for larger groups, too.
For our starter, we warmed up with the hearty and healthy tomato-based Classic Minestrone Soup (PhP 290) made with fresh vegetables, Parmesan cheese, and parsley. This soup was filling and it had robust layers of flavors, making each spoonful enjoyable and comforting at the same time. The complimentary bread was served warm and freshly baked. Yum!
Vincenzo’s Cotoletta Alla Milanese (PhP 490) looked too foreign on the menu, but it turned out to be a familiar dish that’s remarkably good. It’s chicken cutlet dredged in bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. It’s an easy dish to love! Imagine a flavor and texture festival that blends crispness and juiciness, and you got it. Fries and salad on the side were also tasty.
A seemingly gourmet dish, the Risotto ai Funghi Porcini (PhP 440) consisted of lush and creamy arborio rice matched in heaven with an earthy flavor of porcini mushrom and an incredible pungent aroma of truffle oil. It was toothsome, exquisite, and almost intoxicating. If you’re a fan of truffle, please do give it a try! Consider sharing it, though. 😉
Price for Value:
Galileo Enoteca Deli and Restaurant is your best bet when in the mood for elegant dining, Italian wines and delicacies. Prices are beyond moderate but the delightful food, beautiful setting, and attentive service makes the experience well worth it, especially for a special occasion. Galileo Enoteca has Wine Wednesdays, when you can get all wine bottles for half the price with a purchase of their Cheese Buffet or any entree. This deal makes it a great place to get a little tipsy, too.