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Bellini's Itallian Restaurant, Bringing the Italian taste at Marikina, Philippines

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Bellini's brings back memories. I came to know the restaurant through a popular documentary program, out of curiosity I called them up, and chose it as good venue for a special date. I went to the main branch in Cubao, located at the Marikina Shoe Expo, where you don't expect to see a fine dining Italian restaurant.

Although it was quite hidden, still it was easier to locate, the landmarks were popular as well. Marikina Shoe Expo Cubao is just near the former COD Department Store (Now Save More Grocery) and a few steps across the former Rustan' Supermarket.

I haven't visited the place since 2003, but after a decade, I saw a familiar name in Marikina, and I wondered if it was the same Bellini's that I know. I consulted Google, and it confirmed my suspicion. The Bellini's Marikina opened in June 2012, and I was surprised to know that the one in Marikina Shoe Expo Cubao, still exist and survived the very stiff competition right after the building of Gateway Mall.


The Place

Unlike their branch in Cubao, Bellini's Marikina is more exposed. Located at Shoe Ave. Sto. Nino Marikina City, Cars, PUJ and FX going to Manila normally pass by the area, so it is very accessible. You will not have a hard time looking for It because of the popular landmarks that surrounded it, Yamaha Motorcycles on the right side, Save More Grocery on the left and across is Luyong Restaurant.

The Marikina Branch looks more spacious because of the open-air extension that can accommodate more group of customers. The interiors are colorful representation of what Italy is known for, one of which is the leaning tower of Piza. The dining tables and chair looks simple but elegant enough, the presence of the three pieces couch made me feel so at home that I think anyone who sits there will be encouraged to stay and order for more.

What I ordered

Bread stick as starter
Bread stick as starter
The Ravioli
The Ravioli
Quattro Formagi or Four Cheese Pizza
Quattro Formagi or Four Cheese Pizza
Good combination for me
Good combination for me

The moment you are seated on your preferred dining area, long bread sticks placed in a tall transparent glass will be served to you as appetizer. I am not sure if they served this the last time I went there but it seemed perfect while waiting for my orders.

For my pasta I chose the Spinach Stuff Ravioli in white truffle sauce. 10 years ago, I knew it was my favorite and I wanted to remember why I like this before. For my Pizza I ordered the Quattro Formagi or Four Cheese Pizza, the one I ordered the first time I went to their Cubao branch with my date. Indeed going to Bellini's brings back not only what I love to eat but memories that went with it.

The small size Pizza is not really that small, in fact it is good enough for 2 or 3 persons. Well the Ravioli can be good enough for 1 person but eating it with pizza made me feel really full. Will I say more about the taste? Bellini's won't last 10 years if they don't serve best tasting food. The Thin Crust Pizza is the best.... Ravioli is a must try....

Orange Cake and Red Wine

House Special Bellini's Red Wine
House Special Bellini's Red Wine
Yummy Orange cake
Yummy Orange cake

A shot of red wine is served once you finished your meal, this is another give away when you dined it to Bellini's .The wine is specially made by the friendly Italian owner who approached all his customers like a long time friend even those who came to the place for the first. I always love that part when I dine in to Bellini's... I love the red wine really.

The Orange cake is something new to me. A friend recommended it to me via Facebook when she saw posting that I was in Bellini's. This is another "must try", I always love cake and this orange cake is an addition to my long list of delicious cakes, that are quite expensive but heavenly delicious. The topping or frosting of the cake is like a thin jelly that covered the seasoned and caramelized orange skin. The skin that we just throw away became edible and really delicious. The slice is quite big that depending on one's capacity to eat, one slice can be shared by two. P150 per slice, I think this one is reasonable.

Oh yes I enjoyed myself alone that night.. Pizza and Pasta were great. The orange cake is another discovery and the red wine is all that I need to complete my meal. But there are other things that I appreciate in Bellini's, while enjoying my food, there was a man who never stops playing the piano for the customers. I was one of the last to leave the place so I saw it when one waiter approached the man, it was time to for him to stop playing because the Cafe will be closed in a few minutes. It was then that I realized that the pianist was a blind man, and Bellini's hired him to play. I think that's a positive point for Bellini's.

Another thing I enjoyed the WIFI, so strong and quick I can easily open the Facebook and posted the photos of myself while enjoying the food.

More of Bellini's delicious Pasta and Pizza

Bellini's version of Seafood Pasta
Bellini's version of Seafood Pasta
Puttanesca
Puttanesca
Quattrizza or 4 flavors Pizza
Quattrizza or 4 flavors Pizza

Bellini's Cubao Branch

My friends and I went to Bellini's Cubao two days after my visit at the Marikina Branch and we ordered the SeaFood Pasta in Linguini (yes they will let you choose the pasta that you like), we also ordered for Puttanesca and for our Pizza we chose Quattriza or 4 flavored pasta. All three are delicious and mouth watering but my friends both love the Seafood Pasta...They swear to return because of it.

One of my friends ordered the Orange Cake for take out, and her family like it too. Another reason for her to return to Bellini's.

More More More

Wall at Bellini's Cubao Branch
Wall at Bellini's Cubao Branch
The Chair where Regine Velasques Alcasid seated every time she visits Bellini's Cubao Branch
The Chair where Regine Velasques Alcasid seated every time she visits Bellini's Cubao Branch
My friend with Mr. Bellini's
My friend with Mr. Bellini's
My friends who love the seafood pasta
My friends who love the seafood pasta

The Bellini's Cubao Branch or the main branch has a colorful wall that talks about Italy, the chairs also caught our attention not because of its designs but because of the celebrity names at the back of those chairs. In our Table one of the chairs bears Regine Velasquez' name, probably the chair where the Song bird sat the first time she went to the place or probably that seat was offered to her each time she dines in with Ogie since her husband also has a chair named after him. Yes both chairs are in our table.

One of my friends like the red wine too. Before we left, Mr. Bellini's approached us and my friends were just so happy to meet him..

© 2013 Maria Cecilia

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Mona they are going places, the one in Marikina is being managed by the wife , that is why it is also called Bellini's cafe by Maria Luisa, thanks for visiting Mona...

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      Very nice review, Cel and the photos are lovely. We have a similar restaurant in Paranaque, run by the son, Danielle Bellini. It's called Danielle's Casa Mia and it's on Sucat Road near Grami Hotel.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 4 years ago from Philippines

      We are lucky to have Danielle's Casa Mia on Sucat Road in Paranaque. It is actually the restaurant of the son of Robert Bellini who owns the Cubao and Marikina branches. Danielle Bellini's restaurant is patterned just like his father. The pizzas are fantastic, they have great gnocchi and red wine. We were also give the port wine. This was a good review, Cel. Voted up.

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      ah ok hope to see you there....LOL... I am planning to relax there Sunday Morning, I wish to try the Strawbery Banoffe cake, it looks so yummy but the last time I went there I already ordered for the orange cake...hope the strawberry cake is available.

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      Zee Mercado 5 years ago

      Yes, I have been to Bellini's at the Marikina Shoe Expo. After a long time, at long last they set up a branch in Marikina. They used to rent a small space right beside the former Union Bank location near the public market but the bank has since vacated the place and moved their present location just adjacent to the former one. Then a few months after, Bellini's closed shop and I thought they did it for good only to find out from you that they have moved to a better location. Yes, I'll visit the new place with my pasta-loving friends. Thank you.

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Wahmom really? they already had a Marikina Branch before, can you tell where was that? They have a branch in Cubao too, that's the main branch and the first Bellini's that I know.... but anyway the Marikina branch now is very accessible.... and I really love it too. I'll return for sure... thanks for your comment...

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      Zee Mercado 5 years ago

      Hi, thanks for posting the new location of Bellini's in Marikina. when they closed their branch beside that bank near the public market, i thought they'd closed for good. Now, I have another option in case i crave for my favorite pasta dish.

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