Where to eat Italian food in Tacloban: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 20, 2020 Enedina Augsburger

Reviews on Italian food in Tacloban, Leyte Province, Philippines. Tacloban (/tækˈloʊbən/ tak-LOH-ban;Tagalog pronunciation: [tɐkˈloban]), or simply referred to as Tacloban City is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the Philippines. It serves as the regional center of the region of Eastern Visayas. The city is autonomous from the province of Leyte, although it serves as its provincial capital. According to the 2015 census, Tacloban has a population of 242,089, making it the most populous city in the Eastern Visayas. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 124,777 registered voters. The city is located 360 miles (580 km) southeast from Manila.
Things to do in Tacloban

1. Giuseppe's Italian-Filipino

Avenida Veteranos, Tacloban, Leyte Province Philippines Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service +63 53 321 4910 http://www.giuseppesresto.net/about.html
Overall Ratings

4 based on 170 reviews

Giuseppe's Italian-Filipino

Reviewed By mwcowan

My wife has business that brings us to Tacloban every few months; this was our second visit to Giuseppe’s. From the first time we remember an excellent pizza and puttanesca, as well as an enjoyable chat with the owner who also introduced his wife and son Giuseppe, the namesake of the restaurant. On this trip there was no doubt we were going back, and it didn’t disappoint.Tonight we ordered calamari and a Caesar salad as appetizers. Let’s just say I don’t like calamari but this may have been the best I’ve tried - crispy, not greasy at all, very fresh and tender. Maybe this could finally get me interested. The Caesar salad was delightful. I think I can count on two fingers the times I’ve had house made Caesar dressing which is a creation of olive oil, egg yolks, anchovies, salt and pepper, not the creamy mayonnaise-y stuff that comes in bottles. This on crisp lettuce with croutons and Parmesan is a simple and perfect salad. For entrees we chose baked lasagna and chicken Milanese. The lasagna was excellent, my wife exclaimed that this was what she wished she could make. Simple sauce, gooey cheese, perfect pasta. The chicken was moist and tender, garnished with a creamy sauce with fresh mushrooms and just a touch of marsala.Yes I admit I’m an American who loves Italian food and craves different cuisines after a while in the Philippines, but I honestly feel Giuseppe’s is as good or better than any I’ve had in America, and right up there with the cuisine I’ve experienced in Italy. Bravo!

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2. Canto Fresco

tacloban City Astrodome, Real St., Tacloban, Leyte Province Philippines Italian, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Seating, Table Service +63 53 523 9085 http://www.facebook.com/CantoFresco
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Canto Fresco

Reviewed By jempe

I LOVE CANTO FRESCO! Here are the reasons why.FOODI love their food. I can't quite describe the theme of their menu. It's more of Mexican/Italian, I'm not sure. Most of their food are great like pizza, main courses and appetizers. Their main courses are for sharing and are usually served with rice and salad. Below are my favorites:Manic Meatballs - six very large meatballs great for sharing;Pesto Pork Steak - two pork steaks with a very delicious pesto sauce;Pesto Cheese Rolls - this is my favorite, the pastry is so soft and ugh, the cheese is to die for;Bacon N' Garlic pizza - just divine!Lemon Lime Pitcher - my favorite drink at Canto, a combination of the right amount of acidity and sweetness.I've tried their pasta but unfortunately, I didn't like it. This is the only reason why I couldn't give this review a five star. This is only my preference. Some people might like the taste of their pasta and perhaps I'm just not used to it.LOCATION/AMBIANCE/INTERIORSThe restaurant has a rustic theme that feels strangely homey. They also have outdoor seating which is always a plus. Inside the resto is a bit crammed but tolerable. It's almost like a hole in the wall kind of place.SERVICEThe service needs a bit of improvement. I personally do not have any problems with it but my dad thought that the staff were slow and slightly not receptive.PRICE/VALUEThe price points of Canto's dishes are slightly above average. It might seem pricey for others but seriously, one main course could feed two to three people so I think the prices are worth it. Almost everything is good. I used to come to Canto every week but I realized I would lose all my extra cash there. Haha. That's how good this resto is.Definitely try this place!

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3. Kitchen 2K

Lot 902-A, Barangay 75, Fatima, Tacloban, Leyte Province 6500 Philippines Italian, Healthy Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +63 53 832 4684 http://fb.me/kitchen2k
Kitchen 2K

Innovative and progressive thinking in a farm to table approach, only working with the highest quality and organic ingredients. All pastas are handmade in house. Private Dining Room adjacent to Cancabato Bay. Full-Venue buyout available.

Reviewed By Tony T

The food here was excellent - even if the range of choices was somewhat limited. It looks great from the street but when you get inside it's a bit like an operating theatre - everything clinically white and why SO COLD?? Do they really think we want to eat our meal while we shiver? We were not encouraged to hang around. My other gripe was the very limited range of alcoholic drinks - like no gin & tonic! Apart from the house wine, there were just five other choices - two white and three red. Having said that, the food was delicious and if you want to eat a good meal and you don't mind being cold and you like whisky (about half a dozen different ones on offer), then give it a try. Our meal came to ₱2374 (about £36) including a bottle of wine, a shared starter, service and tax.

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