Most recently, a foreign friend bent on staying for a time in the Philippines asked me for recommendations about places to go and the cost of living in the country. “Anywhere I should avoid? Like Angels City? I mean those places where sex tourist and ‘sexpats’ gather. Don’t want to end up somewhere like Thailand’s Pattaya. ”
I presume Angeles City has such a rep among the males by virtue of word of mouth and what they read in the forums. I was here this week and the trusty pedicab I rode in drove through the city’s (in)famous bar strip in Fields Avenue where some joints were indeed open 24/7.
However, it’s an unfair accusation to just associate Angeles City with ‘ affordable girls’ and sleazy entertainment. I really like the food here…and I don’t mean the carnal kind 😛 The place was after all one of the sites of our forget-your-diet, ultimate food trip way back in ’06.
This time around, I made sure to try the much-acclaimed C’ Italian Dining along Don Juico Avenue (also known as the Friendship Highway.) My first attempt to visit this resto during Christmas ’07 was a failure because the place was closed. And my first impression now was that it looked like an enoteca due to the bar with all those bottles of wine that greeted guests upon entering. And of course those plates on the wall signed by satisfied guests.
Verdict: C’Italian deserves the accolades, even though it was a bit on the expensive side. Service was efficient and the food was very good. You should have a reason to go here though, like a date or a milestone celebration or simply be someone like me who’d like to know what the hype was all about.:D
The receptionist at the hotel recommended their panizza (P595), a cross between panini and pizza, which was the house specialty. It was a big square thin crust pizza with five cheeses which you had to top with alfalfa sprouts and fresh arugula leaves (served separately.) Only then can you roll it like shawarma. The fact that the pizza was thin and crusty enough made it perfect for biting. This, plus the order of spaghetti frutti di mare (570) , made it a very heavy meal. As a starter, the resto also serves their signature bread with salsa verde (green sauce) in olive oil. I could not wait to try their other specialties, if only the place was nearer. Fine dining all the way!
19 Copung Copung Grill along MacArthur Highway (near the grand-looking casino) was also another excellent resto we tried. The name is quite catchy.. I don’t know what the name means for Kapampangans, but Kopong Kopong over here sure refers to something that’s from a bygone era. Anyhoo, the resto serves the culinary specialties of Pampanga like sisig, adobong itik and others too exotic to write about. The waitresses are even garbed in their native Filipino costumes. A great place to drink beer, eat and hang out – the Pinoy way.
Last but unfortunately the least was my rather forgettable lunch at the VFW Canteen which I raved about in a previous post. This barbecue beef sandwich sure looked awesome on the outside, but was rather disappointing on the inside. The barbecue was sauce was too strong and sour for my taste. At P195, I would have been better off ordering the lunch specials, like the sirloin steak with mashed potato.
VFW Post 2485 Canteen is quite known for its huge American-size servings, for obvious reasons. VFW stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars. But it was quite a letdown to know they’ve scrapped a few of the choices from the menu, like the Reuben Sandwich and the S.O.S (Sh*t on Shingle). Don’t know what else is in store for this VFW. Like the veterans of war, it looks old and beaten.
wowowow. thought ud be home immediately after pep.
Maswerteng driver. Nilibre ko sa C’Italian, hehehe 😀
try the eggs benedict at VFW
cody and elle says
we love C!!!!
Sayang naman di kayo pumuntang Angeles Fried Chicken… It’s a must try resturant when in Angeles City. It is the oldest restaurant in Angeles City. They have their chicken & gravy(you would want to pour over your rice!) to die for… other favorites ko are gambas(super appetizing),sisg,japanese fried chicken,pancit canton & their steaks too… most of all very affordable prices nila. Can’t wait to my next visit…sana meron na sila sa manila…
Between Bites says
Ajay! I envy your recent trips, Pampanga and Cebu! Your posts make me hungry!!!
Which restos in the south can you recommend? 🙂
Thanks for the reviews, my wife and I are heading there this week in search off good food and a change of scenery from Manila. We will be checking out C’ and Copung Copung for sure!!
Focaccia in A.Venue Makati is also serving Panizzas 🙂
hi! I am a fan of C’ been dining there a couple of times already, yes it is on the expensive side but the serving is big and the taste is heaven! C’ is famous for its Panizza (which was copied by Focaccia, a restaurant in Makati and even Yellow Cab, dear Darla is the name instead of Panizza). a two hour travel is worth Chef Chris will even check on you and will make your special request=))
must try?..for Panizza it’s Kristina, and if you are vegetarian Primavera will do
for the Pasta I like the Con Frutti di Mare, it is seafood…I also like Don Vito Siciliana=))
DIne there you’ll never know you might be seating with Marian Rivera….lot of celebrity dining here=))
We are going to Angeles this November.
Your posts had been really helpful.
May i know how much is the per head in the 19 Copung Copung grill?
Hi. Thanks for dropping by. I really can’t remember na, but I do know it’s very reasonable 😉
thank you for this post…our city (angeles city) has been wrongfully branded as sex capital when in fact the stripbars here are just located in just one straight avenue—just like p.burgos in makati.
anyway, there are still lots more food-tripping spots to explore here…hope you all have enough time to enjoy them all 🙂