(By Philippine Tatler)
Though its history is a world away, Italian cooking has made many Filipinos feel right at home.
Universally, it’s the taste of nostalgia. A twirl of pasta or bite of pizza is as embedded in childhood joys as a first crush or exhilarating bike ride. To Single Origin Osteria’s Chef Juan Barcos, Italian cuisine feels even closer to home.
He grew up on his Italian grandmother’s pasta, most notably her lasagna. When it came to opening Single Origin Osteria’s first branch in Makati’s Salcedo Village early in 2019, Chef Juan’s nonna (Italian for grandmother) was the obvious inspiration behind its menu.
When its new BGC location opened last December, his grandmother’s beloved home cooking offers a heartfelt welcome to the Taguig crowd. Besides artisan pastas and the chef’s signature pizzas, an Italian breakfast served from 7 am onwards is a stand-out at the new SO Osteria in One Bonifacio Mall. When a menu is this personal, it exceeds the label of “comfort food.” It is dining that ensures devotion, such as with a loved one.
Single Origin Osteria BGC is located on the 3/F of One Bonifacio Mall, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City.