The Maginhawa Street of my college days has now transformed into a bustling road lined with cozy restaurants and hole-in-the-wall eating joints.
I had the chance to go visit again, after a decade, thanks to my friend Ayn. She celebrated her birthday at Friuli Trattoria, a small Italian restaurant she frequents, as she lives in the area.
To cover all bases, we ordered three kinds of pizza. First on our list was Ayn’s go-to order, the Spiced Romano Pizza – Romano cheese, mushrooms and ground beef baked to gooey goodness. Ah, cheese. The one thing that makes everything right in this world.
Next up was Viva Venezia, a combination of ground beef, olives, mushrooms, green bell peppers and onions.
For the finale, we had the Cheese Steak Pizza, which recreates, well, a steak meal. I could taste the gravy in the crust. It even had peas, corn, and carrots, just like the sides that would normally go with it. Interesting.
But wait, there’s more. To complete the carbo loading experience, we tried the Putanesca and Pesto pastas. Um, may marathon ba tayo bukas?
Prices are very student friendly.
I’ll find an excuse to drop by again.
Friuli Trattoria is at #79A Maginhawa Street, UP Village, Quezon City. Open daily from 11am – 10pm. Call 434 1416 for more information.