An Italian Love Affair at the Oakroom

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Two days ago, I was invited to the launch of the Oakroom's Sabato Cena Italiana -- a bountiful Italian dinner buffet spread that will run for eight Saturdays starting June 7, 2014. I was so ecstatic when I got the invite as I love (I mean madly, deeply, super love) all things "cheese." Add to that a fine selection of pastas, pizzas, cold cuts, and other Italian specialties.

I started with the antipasto station which features a variety of Italian cold cuts such as Parma ham, pancetta, air-dried beef, pastrami, and a lot more; different gourmet cheeses (of which the goat cheese was a standout); and bruschetta with sun-dried tomato and mushroom, melon wrapped in Parma ham, roast pork in tuna sauce, marinated olives and mushrooms, and a lot more.

More than enough to tickle your palate
 For the mains, I tried almost everything on the center station. This includes gnocchi al gorgonzola, quattro formaggio ravioli (stellar!  not to be missed!), beef cannelloni, mussels cooked in white wine, scaloppini di miale, and osso buco bits (so tender that it almost melts in your mouth). I did not get veggies obviously.

The highlight was the pizza station featuring Chef Jerome Cartailler's famous hand-tossed pizzas: Dela Mare, Rustica, and Margherita. Of the three, I heart the second -- a perfect marriage of flavorful mushrooms and rich cheeses. Another star of the day was the interactive pasta and panini stations where you can ask them to cook your pasta and panini the way you want it.

The dessert station may not be as expansive as other dessert buffets, but you are sure to find your old-time Italian dessert favorites here like the tiramisu, pannacotta, biscotti (in almond and pistachio variants), assorted petit cakes, and of course, gelato! The macadamia gelato stole my heart. Top it with choco chips and nuts and you'll even forget you just had a scrumptious Italian feast!

All photos are courtesy of Oakroom. I forgot to bring my camera, my dearest! So sorry!!!
Sabato Cena Italiana will be available from June 7 to August 30, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Oakroom (located at the 6/F Oakwood Premier Joy-Nostalg Center Manila, 17 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Price is at Php 990+++ per person, inclusive of free flowing Limonata, red, and white house wine.


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