Galileo Enoteca or when translated, “Italian Wine Library” opened its doors to the public last September 2005. It has that “hole-in-the-wall establishment” feel which, in a way, immediately endears it to you.
The place is very rustic with banquet-styled wooden tables and wine bottles on every wall giving you that semblance of a cellar. You will find yourself squeezing your way from one dimly lighted chamber to the next. Very intimate and cozy.
As we were going through the menu, we were each given a hearty cup of delicious Cabbage Soup and a generous plate of Semi-Toasted Sour Dough Bread with a wonderful selection of dips (Chicken Liver Paté, Pesto and Pureed Tomato).
I was fondly partial towards the Chicken Liver Paté because it has always been a favorite of mine, other than the fact that I happen to also make my own version of it – my mother-in-law’s recipe, actually.
Galileo’s Chicken Liver Paté is so moist, you can actually taste the freshness of the liver. The basil’s taste is very evident without overpowering the flavor of the chicken liver itself. I personally enjoyed the chunky texture of the paté. The Pesto dip tastes like your usual pesto sauce for pasta. While the Pureed Tomato dip’s uncomplicated taste easily washes off the strong flavor of the other dips.
Oh! The soup and the bread with dips are all complimentary, by the way.
Risotto with Saffron & Parmiggiano (Php350.00)
This is one dish which I don’t have the patience cooking. So, whenever we dine out and Risotto’s on the menu, I usually go for it. I immediately fell in love with Galileo’s Risotto with Saffron & Parmiggiano the moment I first tasted it! I love how the lemony flavor of the Risotto mixes with the saffron’s bittersweet taste and parmiggiano’s sharp, fruity/nutty accent. It’s quite hard to put saffron’s flavor into words. You can easily distinguish the distinct flavor of the saffron, yet it does not overpower the entire dish. This meal is a guaranteed winner!
Quick fact: Did you know that Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world?
This particular pasta dish is a delight to the palette. The aftertaste of the red sauce alone gives you a wonderful hint of the sea. The shrimp, mussels, clams and squid are superbly cooked and does not leave you wanting at all. Absolutely divine!
Coke Zero & Coke Light.
Wine is also served.
What I like about this place apart from its good food and ambiance, are their servers. They know every dish on the menu and explain it in detail. Fran, our server that evening, described the items on the menu which weren’t familiar to us “with gusto”! When you have servers with good dispositions, it significantly changes your whole dining experience. Kudos to Galileo Enoteca for instilling passion and competence which is evidently seen in their employees!
If by chance you are a wine enthusiast, they also have Italian Wines to choose from.
They also sell pasta, canned tomatoes and other goods.
Galileo Enoteca accepts pre-ordered Raviolis (Con Spinaci and Parmiggiano al Ragu or Con Quattro Formaggi A’larrabiata) for take-out, delivery or even dine-in as long as you place the order 2 days in advance.
By the way, I got the chance to meet the daughter of the owner (Mr. Gaetano Vitrano), Vanessa – a charming and sweet lady who is half Italian and half-Filipina. She manages the restaurant.
For our next visit, a platter of assorted cold cuts, Grana Padano and a bottle of wine perhaps.
Galileo Enoteca was a fabulous dining experience! Grazie!
Should you want to visit this highly recommended establishment, you may use the map below for reference.
BUDGET: Php350-Php450 per person
Galileo Enoteca – Italian Wines Specialist
Address: Reyes Gym, G/F
Calbayog St., cor. Malinao St.,
T: 532 0482
F: 534 4633