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SpotlightMazzo, Cicchetti’s Al Fresco Bar Opens

Mazzo, Cicchetti’s Al Fresco Bar Opens

Mazzo is all set to take on Manila nightlife
By Shauna Jay Popple Williams
By Shauna Jay Popple Williams
May 15, 2019
Do as the Venetians do and enjoy cichetti and cocktails at the newest BGC bar to open:

Casual luxe restaurant, Cicchetti, has been serving up homemade Venetian “small bites” since the latter part of 2018. Just this year, and at long last, Manila’s F&B scene is embracing an Italian theme and we’re seeing cafés, fine dining establishments and pizzerias sprouting everywhere—well, at least in relation to the last decade—throughout the metro.

Founded by David Chua, Indy, Ogie, and Pete Villalon, Jun Villanueva, Lorna Tabuena, and Armand del Rosario, Cicchetti—pronounced chi-keh-tea—was ahead of the ongoing mega Italiano curve. But the concept is slightly more nuanced than the umbrella label for the boot-shaped country’s cuisine. While its pasta staples are right up there on our list of cravings, Cicchetti’s small plates and savoury “finger food” appetisers are the true provenance of the name and therein its concept. Think the Italian version of the now omnipresent “tapas.”

Tricia Centenera, Georgia Schulze-del Rosario, Shasta Marcelo, Stacey Marceo-Courtemanche
Amanda Griffin Jacob, Lexi Schulze-Berenguer Testa, Bianca Elizalde, Mica Ruiz Conine
Pasta bites
The intimate space of Cicchetti
Tanya and Quad de la Paz
Sunny Jhamtani, Armand del Rosario, Migz David, Indy Villalon
Samantha Richelle and Anton del Rosario
Regine King-Campos, Erin Campos-Menk, Nicole Jacinto-Gonzalez, Paulo Campos
Raymond and Anna Rufino
Raphael Cruz, Vinny Quiazon, Mike Fox, Sunny Jhamtani
Nicole Schulze Lopez, Nadia del Rosario, Georgia schulze-del Rosario, Lexi Schulze-Berenguer Testa
Amanda Griffin Jacob
Georgia Schulze-del Rosario, Juana Manahan-Yupangco, Sandra Paradies
Jamie Lopez, Javi Berenguer Testa, Armand del Rosario
Lana Faith Johnson and Maricar de Mesa
Marissa and Jed Tiu
Georgia Schulze-del Rosario and Camilla Guidicelli
Eric and Erin Menk
Cicchetti bites please!
Wendy Puyat, Antonio and Rocio Ressano
Tricia Centenera
Luis and Xandra Araneta
 

I say Venetian, however, because if you were to order a snack or two cicchetti-style in, say, Florence or Rome, the wait staff wouldn’t have the foggiest what you were on about. That dining culture is traditionally Venetian and such treats are washed down with a glass of vino at a bàcari or osterie. Maintaining a casual elegance throughout the intimate space which seats 30, the restaurant’s 30-seater just launched its adjoining al fresco bar concept, Mazzo. The outdoor deck and bar can comfortably squeeze in 120 standing. This new Cicchetti-Mazzo duo works for the crowd that likes to start with pre-dinner cocktails that taper off into to a languorous and endless stream of pica pica, and vice-versa; the sit-down dinner folk who more than appreciate a good post-meal digestif. Suffice it to say, this BGC hot spot is about to get hotter.

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