A ‘casa’ for all things ‘delicioso’-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
AMPARITO LHUILLIER known for many things: her elegance and style, her entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures, and lastly her exquisite taste in dining, which somehow many people aren’t privy of. In the late 1980s until the early 90s, she actually dabbled as a restaurateur with Amparito’s Continental Cuisine, a 70-seater restaurant along Mango Ave.
This year, she wants to bring back that worldly dining experience with the newly opened Casa Amparito, which is in what used to be the old Pino restaurant in Lahug.
Backed by the culinary prowess of chef Dino Guingona, the restaurant presents a variety of cuisines, served in an epicurean fashion that Amparito herself approves of.
Connoisseurs will enjoy the selection in Casa Amparito. Ever tried a fusion of Greek and Japanese in one dish? Or a gourmet version of local delights such as laing, balut and kilawin? Or how about exotic fares like crocodile tenderloin or grilled ostrich? One can find it all there.
The building of the old Pino remains yet the interiors have been revamped to suit the new persona of Casa Amparito. The ground floor can now accommodate up to 100, and the adjacent café and piano bar can fit an additional 70. Then the second floor, which can be used for private functions, fills up to 90 persons. A take-out counter and al fresco dining are also currently in the works.
True enough, it’s a “home” that mirrors the lady who it was named after—sophisticated yet warm, classy yet inviting. And just how it would be in her home, Casa Amparito offers fine fares that more than anything, are delicious and satisfying.
Casa Amparito is open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and then from 6 to 10 p.m. Its café and piano bar is open from 10 a.m. all the way to 10 p.m. on the same days with happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Casa Amparito is located in Wilson St., Lahug, Cebu City.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 12, 2013.