This was the first time I dined in a Catholic-themed restaurant. Thanks to Kapatiran Sandugo, Fundacion Santiago, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, Instituto Cervantes, and Consulado de España en Manila for sponsoring our heritage tour in September 2012. This was part of the Proyekto Ventura de los Reyes. I was with my fellow Millennium Development Goals Essay Writing Contest winners and Mass Communication and Teacher Education students from Bicol University, Holy Name University, University of Northern Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Normal University, University of Makati, and Western Mindanao State University.
Owned and managed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), proceeds of Ristorante delle Mitre go to feeding the poor and less fortunate.
I did not know that Ristorante delle Mitre is a CBCP-owned restaurant until I decided to make this review.
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It is a cozy restaurant tucked in Calle Real del Palacio (now General Luna Street), right across the San Agustin Church in Intramuros. To keep up with the Catholic theme of the place, items on the menu are either named after church officials or are recipes from priests and nuns.
The interiors of the place heavily utilized wood and different Catholic religious items are seen in almost every corner.
The “mitre” in the name translates to miter, which is the term for the tall headdress worn by bishops and senior abbots.
The displayed cakes indicate its initial concept as a coffee shop.
The idea for the restaurant started out as a concept for a coffee shop, inspired by Italian coffee shops over a simple conversation among Filipino bishops in Rome, upon the invitation of a Filipino Jesuit priest a few years ago. Bishop John Du wished the CBCP back home could enjoy a similar venue back home.
The menu features various favorite dishes of bishops: from Cardinal Vidal's krispy pata (regular P288, large serving P408), kare-kare (P248) to shrimp in garlic sauce pasta (P188) or pomodoro (P168) inspired by Cardinal Rosales' favorite noodle dishes.
For salad and vegetable dishes, they have Bishop Garcera's Laing (P88), Bishop Beltran's Pinakbet (P148), Delle Mitre Tossed Green Salad with Mushroom Filo (P178), Bishop De Leano's Pomelo Salad (P198) and Bishop Sobreviñas Garden Salad with Camaron Rebosado (P218).
The Nuncio's Favorite menu features Archbishop Padilla's Tinolang Manok (P128) and Archbishop Auza's Creamy Tomato Seafood Soup (P138).
Cakes cost around P128 to P148 per slice.
Ristorante delle Mitre is open Monday to Sunday, 8AM to 9PM. Like their Facebook page.
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