Paparazzi restaurant brings to RP a 'taste of Italy'

Posted at 08/03/09 11:25 PM

MANILA - Taking a culinary journey through Italy has never been this easy as Edsa Shangri-La hotel's Papparazzi restaurant treats its guests to a 5-month Italian feast.

In a special promo dubbed "All Roads Lead to Roma", the restaurant will be featuring authentic cuisine from a particular Italian region every month, from August to December this year.

This month, Paparazzi restaurant will be serving Sicilian specialties like fresh seafood dishes, polpetti (meatballs), and its savory pastries.

A sample Sicilian feast at Paparazzi includes Vegetarian rice balls with artichoke puree and Tartar of tuna and balsamic marinated eggplant for appetizers; followed by Catanese style fish soup with capers, black olives, and fresh tomato.

Main dishes include Bucatini (a thick spaghetti-like pasta) with anchovies, black olives, puréed artichokes, and cherry tomato; along with pan-seared tuna loin with capers, red onion, mint, and white wine. They also have artichoke-crusted lamb rack with potato cake, goat cheese ricotta canelloni (rectangular pasta sheets) and a red wine reduction sauce.

The Sicilian menu finishes up with Grappa (grape-based pomace brandy) infused with orange and coffee beans and Sicilian style pastry rolls with ricotta cheese & mixed candied fruit.

From August 1 to 31, Paparazzi restaurant will also feature many more delicious Sicilian dishes like Swordfish carpaccio (traditional thinly sliced or flattened meat appetizer) with salmoriglio sauce made with olive oil, lemon, garlic, and oregano; Spaghetti Al Tonno or spaghetti with fresh tuna, tomato, and basil.

They will also have fried squid with eggplant and zucchini tempura; and Cannoli Siciliani or stuffed pastry rolls with fresh cheese and mixed glazed fruit.

In September, the restaurant will feature Campania (Napoli) cuisine, known for alla parmigiana (parmesan cheese), pommraola (tomato sauce), and pizza; while in October, it will be serving up dishes from sunny Tuscany, which boasts of thickly-sliced bread smothered in oil and garlic, pasta, soups, rice, polenta (boiled cornmeal), grilled seafood, and roast meats.

November is the month for Piedmont cuisine, famous for truffles and white cream sauces, antipasti (meaning "before meals"), slender tajarin pasta, and agnolotti (ravioli-like pasta envelopes). The region is also known for its razza puemontese prized beef, hazelnuts (used in a variety of desserts), and strong cheeses like Gorgonzola, Taleggio, and Grana Padano.

Finally, in December, the restaurant will be focusing on Roman feasts underscored by antipasti varieties, tasty vegetable dishes, baccala (salted cod), and fresh pasta including cannelloni, lasagne, and fetuccine al burro or egg noodles with butter and cheese. The meals are finished up with sweet gelato, or regional ice cream.

Paparazzi is an upscale Italian restaurant that is perfect for intimate gatherings and functions. With its stead of trained chefs and courteous staff, the restaurant has consistently delivered high-quality Italian cuisine for its patrons.

For inquiries or reservations, contact the Edsa Shangri-La hotel at (+632) 633-8888, (+632) 631-1067 (Fax), or visit 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.