Food Review

Francesco’s Kitchen: An Authentic Italian Feast in San Juan

Have you ever wanted to fly to Italy, sojourn, and experience their finest cuisine? Well, worry no more, as Francesco’s Kitchen in San Juan will have that Italian cravings fixed ASAP.

Francesco Rizzo, who first visited the Philippines in 1998, have always been fascinated with the Filipinos’ hospitality. His fondness for cooking and experience on working at Manila’s finest hotel have lead him and his friends to open their own restaurant in San Juan last July 2017; thus the existence of Francesco’s Kitchen.

Situated in a quiet neighborhood in San Juan, it has provided its patrons a relaxing ambiance be it from after work, special occasion, or business meetings.

Aside from their authentic Italian cuisine, everything inside Francesco is well-detailed. From a former family-owned establishment, they have created an old- perfect mix of industrial and rustic aesthetics, from the wood and stone elements. Once you entered its doors, first thing that would catch your eyes would be their open kitchen and the tall floor-to-ceiling shelf adjacent to the stairs, with traditional spices, recipe books, and more accents to make its interior more pleasing to the eyes.

We were first served with our own choice of cocktails from Bourbon, Vespa, and one of their bestsellers, the Espresso Martini, a coffee-flavored cocktail garnished with some coffee beans. It’s aroma and flavor with definitely jolt anyone awake. The restaurant also made sure to have excellent wines from around the world, be it from Italy and Australia.

It was followed with an array of Italian delights from the brick oven pizza, tasty meatball dish called Le Polpette di Mama, which dish is made of a tomato sauce, melted parmesan cheese, and the meatballs which are the recipe of the owner’s mother.  There’s also the Spaghetti Bolognese which is recommended by Francesco himself, then the Burrata with tomato selection, which is a simple dish that defines the rich Italian gastronomic culture.

Other favorites include the Cappesante, which is a dish made of roasted scallops and portabello mushroom, crispy pancetta ham truffle vinaigrette.

To cap off the night, we were served with a traditional tiramisu and affogato, which is definitely a unique dessert concept.

Completely invested in his craft, Francesco continues to bring and cook his Italian family recipe in the heart of San Juan. Come pay them at visit and enjoy the Wine -All-You-Can during their Happy Hour from 4pm to 7pm.

You may check out their official Facebook page and Instagram.

Address: 863 A. Mabini St. San Juan City, Manila, Philippines

Contact details: (02) 777 9777


About Christian Melanie Lee

Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance social media manager and web developer. She also devoted her time managing her food blog, and music/concert blog. One of the Hootsuite Ambassador for the Philippines since 2014 and currently working as social media manager for the local band, The Itchyworms. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.