Amoroma

This is one of those dining establishments, that everyone raved about, but ironically, didn’t quite make it to my roster of well applauded restaurants. It was a relief to know that a couple of my friends didn’t think otherwise.

The Ambiance

 

Restaurant interior

The interior is typical of Italian restaurants housing a line of square wooden tables dressed in plaid. There is vino on every table, enticing guests to consume a bottle of red–a perfect consolation to the cool climate in Tagaytay.

Brick Oven

They have a brick oven, where they bake their complimentary breads, pizza & Pizzaiola.

Display

Here is a sample display of some of the items they serve in their restaurant, such as fresh pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano, gorgonzola, portobello mushrooms, truffle sausages, etc.

The Food

Complimentary foccacia bread & pita with EVOO-balsamic-parmesan cheese dip

Their bread was delicious! The foccacia bread was perfect! It was crusty & crispy on the outside, yet exuded a creamy texture when I bit & chewed into it. The pita was also delish, enhanced with a generous topping of sesame seeds & oregano.

3rd Choice Pizzaiola (clockwise from top): Tartufo, salami & onions, 4 cheese, prosciutto, marinara

We actually had this October of last year, so I will have to base my review from memory. The only thing I remember was that I was only happy with the 4-cheese pizzaiola. The rest were not as memorable, & seemed ordinary to me, even with the play on sophisticated ingredients, such as truffle & prosciutto.

Tartufo Nero with Fresh Tagliatelle

Another dish we had back in October of last year. It was my first time to try fresh pasta & unfortunately, Amoroma’s was hard to chew. The thickness of the tagliatelle dampened the taste of the truffles, which made me realize, had I known about what Ehmz of Va Bene told me, that oil-based pasta dishes usually go best with dried pasta. Being the truffle addict that I am, this dish was far from from getting a standing ovation 😦

Ravioli with Spinach & Ricotta Cheese in Meat Sauce

This dish was just okay. I thought the ravioli only had spinach in it, as I missed the ricotta cheese :-/ Reminded me of Empanada Mas’ Empanada with Spinach & Cream Cheese, which also lacked the cheese I was longing for. The meat sauce, on the other hand, was typical.

Veal with Truffled Black Mushrooms (P540)

This was the best one out of all the dishes we ordered. I’m not sure if this was really veal though, because the meat wasn’t exactly very tender, but the taste was exploding with truffle! Made even more decadent with fresh black truffle shavings! Ahhh… It was truly heaven on a platter 🙂 Unfortunately, this was only good for 1 person 😦 Quite expensive considering the measley portion.

Risotto with Saffron & Bone Marrow

You can already tell how this dish tastes, just by the appearance of it. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this is worth one–BLAND. The saffron, was completely irrelevant (if there was even any). The bone marrow was there, but lacking in flavor wouldn’t appeal even to hospitalized patients, who are used to eating lugaw.

Tiramisu

At last! Something to rave about! 😀 Authentic, memorable & satisfying. Their tiramisu encompassed it all 🙂 From its firm & steady form to the creamy mascarpone cheese mixture, sandwiched in between layers of Lady Fingers soaked in coffee (& sometimes, coffee liqueur), sprinkled with freshly, grated chocolate. It creates a melodious symphony, whilst devouring this happy ending.

It’s hard to distinguish nowadays which restaurants are actually worth going to based from people’s reviews. Some of them kasi tend to join the bandwagon with regard to their personal opinion about certain restaurants, that it become overrated, like this one. Overall, I give Amoroma 3 out 5 stars. It wasn’t really bad, but it wasn’t exceptional either.