This week’s happy place is actually an old Happy Lab favourite: Va Bene Pasta Deli! Before they opened at BGC, we would regularly frequent the Pasay Road branch (read about it here, here and here). When we heard that Chef Massimo Veronesi was opening his newest branch last night, of course we had to go.
Located at the ground level of Circuit Lane in Ayala’s Circuit Makati, this branch may be a bit of a drive for us northern Manila folks, but it is definitely good news for those of you who frequent the Makati area. The original Va Bene branch at the Petron Gas Station on Pasay Road will always have a soft spot in our hearts; the Circuit Lane branch, however, offers the same wholesome Italian goodness but with more elbow room and, more importantly, better parking!
Of course, what we were really after was the food, and we were very happy to see all our best-loved dishes still on offer. All the items were served in bite-sized portions on opening night, so we were able to sample everything. As in ALL.
There were a couple more dishes that were served (profiteroles, mango panna cotta, among others) but we scarfed them down before we remembered to take pictures.
At the moment, the Circuit Lane branch will be open only for dinner starting at 5pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and lunch and dinner on Sundays.
Va Bene Pasta Deli’s third branch is at LC#106 G/F Ayala Malls Circuit Lane, A.P. Reyes St., Barangay Carmona, Makati City (Old Sta. Ana Race Track). For reservations and pick-up orders, you may call them at 02-9609954/ 02-6241029.
Other outlets are at the 2nd floor of Petron Gas Station on EDSA cor. Pasay Rd., Makati; and at the cinema level of Central Square Bldg. in Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig.