La Piadina: An Evening with Chef Giorgio Matera

la-piadina-1And there’s really no other apt title for this post as it truly was a night with this chef. So glad to be tagged along on this one! It was a privilege getting to know Chef Giorgio Matera’s style of cooking that made La Piadina what it is today and what it will be in the future.
la-piadina-platterBefore the interview and the food tasting event, all the dishes were beautifully laid out for picture taking. Each dish was exquisite that if I had to spoon a bite from one would ruin the lovely plating.

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Peperoni Piemontese
Peperoni Piemontese

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Chicken Cream Soup con Fungi
Chicken Cream Soup con Fungi

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Sardines Pasta
Sardines Pasta

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Spaghetti Bottarga
Spaghetti Bottarga

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Pasta Broccoli con Salsciccia
Pasta Broccoli con Salsciccia
Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

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Capellini in Brodo
Salmon Gratin
Salmon Gratin

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Spiedino di Pollo
Spiedino di Pollo
Straccietti di manzo al Balsamico
Straccietti di Manzo al Balsamico
Braciole
Braciole

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Tortino alla Banana
Tortino alla Banana

la-piadina-tortino-alla-banana-1The interview was short and sweet. Chef Giorgio Matera along with La Piadina owner, Everson Go Tian, answered questions both from the media and bloggers. When asked how different the dishes are here from the others, Chef Matera just simply said that he wanted to give people a choice when it comes to Italian cuisine. He does go against the current, gives people what he thinks they need and just shows his energy in his dish creations. As La Piadina is known for their flat sandwiches, indeed, these new additions are just the start of an exciting dining journey at this resto.

la-piadina-braciole-3la-piadina-braciole-6la-piadina-braciole-5la-piadina-braciole-4la-piadina-braciole-8la-piadina-braciole-7la-piadina-braciole-2And now it was time for the main event: food tasting! I wasn’t able to finish this one (16 dishes! Say whuuutt…) but I was able to go through half of it. Below are the dishes that I happily munched on. 😀

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Sardines Cordon Bleu
Sardines Cordon Bleu
Vegetarian Polpette
Vegetarian Polpette

These two were a good balance of each other though the sardines had a stronger taste for me. I liked their take on the cordon blue with the fish not overpowering the whole dish. On the other hand, the Vegetarian Polpette had a good balance of flavor that was smooth and light on one’s palate.

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Tartar D Carne
Tartar D Carne
Peperoni Piemontese
Peperoni Piemontese

The Tartar D Carne had a good balance of flavor but I preferred the Peperoni Piemontese more. It had a rich flavor with all the ingredients added in. Plus, I have a thing for bell peppers so this was a win for me. 🙂

Chicken Cream Soup con Fungi
Chicken Cream Soup con Fungi

I loved this soup! The flavor was very soothing. You could really taste the chicken in the soup base.

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Spaghetti Bottarga
Spaghetti Bottarga
Sardines Pasta
Sardines Pasta

Not a fan of cream-based pastas but I could be one because of this. One of the highlighted ingredients for the night, I liked the flavor of the bottarga as it gave this sense of airy feel to the dish. As for the Sardines Pasta, it was equally good.

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Pasta Broccoli con Salsciccia
Pasta Broccoli con Salsciccia
Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna
Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna

I was surprised with the brocolli pasta just because I never had one before. I was more pleasantly surprised with its taste as it does taste like brocolli but with a simple twist. It blended well with the other ingredients. As for the lasagna, it was another dish that I loved! All that mushroom and spinach made for one good cimbination. I wish I had more of that! 😀

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Before the fun started!
Before the evening commenced…

As much as I would have wanted to stay longer, I still had employee duties that night that I must simply attend to. Even though I only got to half of what was served, every dish for me was stellar. Everson Go Tian did say that Chef Matera’s dishes are “simple yet exquisite”. With every bite of his creations, I understood why because it’s true. Some could go overboard but his was just that: simple and exquisite. With good sourced ingredients, a creative soul and passion to boot, an evening here would be perfect to cap one’s day off.

La Piadina
G/F Solaris One Building,
Dela Rosa Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City
Official website: http://www.gtlapiadina.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lapiadinaitaliana

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