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A Seat at God’s Kitchen: Giuseppe’s

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Known for its picturesque beaches, neighboring volcanic islands and good rustic food, Sicily is a beautiful Italian island off the Mediterranean coast that foodies around the world have coined as “God’s Kitchen.” Get a taste of heavenly cooking at Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roasts!

 

EXPLORING SICILIAN HOME COOKING AT GIUSEPPE’S

 

Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roasts is a warm introduction of Sicilian cuisine to the Philippines. Serving rustic comfort food, Giuseppe Pizzeria stands reminiscent of the island of Sicily—airy and sunlit, with brick walls that contain the aromas of fragrant olive oil and roasting pizza crusts.

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Unlike traditional Italian food that we all have grown accustomed to, Sicilian cuisine is defined by its wide use of fresh ingredients like fruits, vegetables, seafood, and most significantly, a wide range of herbs and spices. In fact, Sicily’s herbs are said to have a much richer and sharper taste than herbs from anywhere else in the world.

Giuseppe’s starter of homemade Focaccia is always served fresh from the oven—warm, light, and chewy. It is accompanied by a side of fresh chopped tomatoes and onions in delicate and fruity Italian olive oil.

The Vegetariana Pizza is a perfect representation of Sicily—colorful, fresh, and full of flavor. It is packed with eggplant, olives, anchovies, basil, capers, mozzarella, and homemade hot sauce. The restaurant specializes in pizzas and roasts, where almost everything on the menu is cooked in wood- red ovens!

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Giuseppe’s Antipasto alla Siciliano is a course resembling traditional Italian salumi of cheeses and meats. But unlike traditional platters, Sicilian antipasto is a mélange of meat, vegetables, cheese, and seafood. Giuseppe’s version celebrates the flavors of its contrasting components—fresh local carabao cheese, shavings of salami and prosciutto ham, kalamata olives, truffle cream on toast, fresh salt-cured salmon, and caponata di melanzane (eggplant salad).

Not to miss is Giuseppe’s Osso Bucco whose flavorful stock is used to cook the risotto. The stewed oranges lend a slightly bitter taste that perfectly complements the fullness of the savory beef, the sweet vegetables, and the rich tomato broth. A perfect feast for the senses and for the soul.

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Behind the restaurant’s distinctive good food is Chef Giuseppe Genco, a true Sicilian who loves to cook, eat and travel. After working as a professional chef in hotels around the world for over 30 years, he put up Giuseppe’s in Banilad, Cebu, which was initially a small take-out diner that seated no more than 25 people. He recalls that the place was always full, and that eventually led him to put up this restaurant. Now Giuseppe’s has branches in Mactan, Bohol, and Bacolod.

Co-managing the restaurant with Chef Giuseppe is nephew Luca Genco Amoroso. Together, they do everything to ensure your enjoyment of what Sicilian cuisine has to offer. Adhering to quality and authenticity, they import their ingredients—tomatoes, herbs, olive oil, balsamico, and wine—from Italy. No wonder tourists and locals happily agree that it is the best Italian restaurant in Cebu! Perhaps there really is something to Sicily’s moniker as God’s kitchen; after all, eating at Giuseppe’s is like getting a taste of heaven.

 

GIUSEPPE PIZZERIA AND SICILIAN ROAST IS LOCATED AT PASEO SATURNINO, MARIA LUISA ROAD, IN BANILAD, CEBU. CONTACT NO: (032) 343 9901.

 

Words by Tanya Diaz

Photographed by Mike Cuevas

 

On a budget? Here are other Italian dishes you might wanna try at home:

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Chunky Chicken Parmigiana

Pork Chop Saltimboca

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