It is not surprising to see how this canteen-turned-business entity has been offering authentic and delicious Italian food through the years. Founded by Fr. Gianluigi Colombo, Italian priest and Don Bosco Publishing Press operations manager, the known restaurant has been providing that Italian delice and atmosphere from its “turo-turo” (i.e. restaurant stand) days (June 1994- June 2001) serving the employees of the press to its establishment as Amici di Don Bosco serving nearby school students that leads to its gradual growth to broader markets (June 2001-present). Wood fire ovens (like the ones found in pizzerias in Italy and other parts of Europe like France) and homemade pasta further add authenticity to dishes and desserts. The casual Italian dining culture and experience is established through the restaurant’s colorful, dynamic, and welcoming personality, paired with accommodating staff attending to each diner’s concern (both giving the feeling that the customers are dining in an Italian-based pizzeria).
The following are the sumptuous dishes I experienced as a first-timer. Yet tasting the truffle oil mushroom linguine (which I have always wanted to try after a friend recommended it to me) turned out to be my dream come true!
APPETIZER: Spinach Artichoke
PIZZA: Pizza Margherita (tomato pizza with basil and mozarella cheese)
PIZZA: Pizza Chorizo e Spinaci (Spanish Chorizo and Spinach with White Cheese)
PASTA: Linguine al Prosciutto e Tartuffo
(truffle-oil based linguine with proscuitto ham, porcini and shiitake mushrooms)
DESSERT: Salted Caramel Gelato (salted caramel flavored gelato ice cream)
I have always longed for Amici’s truffle oil linguine based on a friend’s recommendation. It never failed to satisfy (to exceed even) my expectations as I tasted it, and the combined gelato delice, the appetizing Spinach artichoke, and mouth-watering pizzas brought me a heavenly experience that gives me the urge to become the restaurant’s loyal and faithful customer.
N.B. Other branches are found within Metro Manila including Greenhills, Ayala Triangle Gardens, McKinley Hill, Alabang Town Center, SM Megamall, Robinson’s, and Trinoma. Yet it is more recommended to dine in Amici di Don Bosco (the original established branch) as it provides more authenticity and delice than the rest.