The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. – George Miller
We now know that George Miller spoke of the truth. After spending a couple of hours dining at D’ursi Pizza Autentica Pizzeria Napoletana and enjoying delectable Italian food, we feel that we can go a couple more days without food. Okay, I’m lying. I can go to D’ursi right now and do it all over again. I can always make room for D’ursi.
Boy, were we full, and I’m not just talking about our stomach being full with food. I’m talking about our stomach being full with some of the best Italian food we’ve tried. The best thing about it is we didn’t have to fly to Italy. D’ursi, located at Hotel 1925 along Sabang, is offering us a taste of Italy right here in Lipa City.
Let’s all stop and say thanks to the culinary Gods for this blessing.
The Team behind D’ursi Pizza Autentica Pizzeria Napoletana
The kitchen of D’ursi is headed by Chef Matteo D’ursi. Yes, the restaurant is named after him and rightfully so. Italian food is only as good as the cooks and chefs cooking it. You can’t fake it. With Chef Matteo tracing his roots to Italy and having more than a decade of experience cooking Italian food (he had his own Italian restaurant back home in Italy), the result is authentic Italian food.
The restaurant is managed by his wife, Ms. Mae Nazares-D’ursi. Ms. Mae also has extensive experience on the management side and it shows on how well-trained the staff members are.
Fortunately, they joined us for dinner, and it was one of the highlights of our visit. They’re nice people and are very knowledgeable. We learned a lot!
About the Restaurant
Located along Sabang is a relatively new hotel – Hotel 1925. D’ursi is located on the ground floor so you’re not going to miss it. You’ll see a very inviting sign.
The restaurant can sit 50 people comfortably. We immediately fell in love with the restaurant’s interiors. It’s very relaxing and it makes you feel that you’re about to enjoy good food the moment that you step inside the restaurant.
About the Food
They offer authentic Italian dishes. They make 80% of the ingredients that they use including their pasta, sausage, pizza dough, cheeses and more. As for the rest, they either import them from Italy or they source them from trusted local suppliers. The ingredients used are fresh and it shows in their appearance and taste.
The menu is not that extensive which I feel will serve them well. They can focus on just a handful of dishes which can help them serve fresh and delicious dishes all the time.
Here’s their menu:
A quick glance may tell you that their dishes are expensive. Sure, they’re more expensive than your neighborhood pizza parlors and pasta places, but we have to understand that these are authentic Italian dishes using authentic and fresh ingredients. Don’t let the prices intimidate you. As soon as you take your first bite, you’ll say to yourself that it’s worth it.
We started off with a couple of appetizers, starting with the Bastoncini Di Mozzarella or deep fried mozzarella sticks. You haven’t tried mozzarella sticks until you’ve tried this version by D’ursi.
Every bite will be met with a crunch, and finished by the fresh goodness of the mozzarella. Oh, and cheese porn!
We were also served the Carpaccio Di Salmone which is an appetizer featuring marinated and smoked salmon, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and arugula. The oregano, olive oil, and balsamic cream provided the Italian kick.
The freshness of the ingredients was evident in this dish. The cherry tomatoes were perfectly crunchy. The smoked salmon melted in my mouth and the mozzarella provided a nice contrast.
Of course, we’re not about to miss out on pizza. We were served the Primavera which has fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce, Parma ham, arugula and cherry tomatoes for the toppings. I’m a meat eater and always go for meaty pizza, but this made me switch from using a knife and a fork to using my hands so I can take bigger bites.
It sure helped that it was baked using this Italian-built oven made by Acunto Napoli and imported straight from Italy. The pizza is baked quickly at 480 degrees, preserving the freshness and the crunch of the toppings.
We were served 3 types of pasta. Chef Matteo is pretty proud of his Puttanesca and for good reason. It’s a very clean but flavorful dish.
We also tried the Ravioli.
The sauce was creamy and tasty but the real star is what’s inside the Ravioli. It had Italian sausage and shiitake mushrooms inside. It’s very generous.
My personal favorite is the Crema Di Zucca E Pancetta. It’s a pasta dish that uses squash cream and topped with pancetta. It’s the first time I tried pasta that uses squash cream and it clearly works! The pancetta was crunchy and complemented the sauce well.
We made room for the Cotoletta Di Malale Alla Milanese which is breaded pork chop. It’s a huge piece of pork chop that remained tender and juicy. It was served with thick cut fries which was crunchy on the outside but mushy on the inside.
Next up was the Filetto Di Salmone Alla Piastra or buttered salmon fillet. The salmon didn’t taste too fishy. It was perfectly cooked. It was served with grilled vegetables which I’m a fan of because they’re fresh and perfectly grilled. It had grill marks and all and was still crunchy!
All throughout the meal, we were sipping on their house wine. Their house wine is imported from Italy and is made by the chef’s father! Take a bow, father of Chef Matteo!
Of course, we had to finish strong with dessert, and Ms. Mae was constantly reminding us to make room for dessert. We now know why. We started with the Tiramisu.
It’s better than most Tiramisu we’ve tasted.
The real star of the dessert part of our meal is their homemade gelato.
We tried the chocolate (pretty good) and the salted caramel (close-your-eyes-slowly-after-every-bite-amazing) flavors. I don’t care if you’re on a diet or not. DON’T SKIP DESSERT!
Plan Your Visit Now
We highly-recommend the D’ursi Pizza Autentica Pizzeria Napoletana. In fact, my wife and I were supposed to go to Manila for our anniversary on the 26th, but after trying D’ursi, we realized that we don’t have to go far in order to enjoy good food suited for a celebration.
Celebrate your anniversary here. Invite close family and friends for your birthday. Splurge on a payday weekend. Impress someone on a date. Heck, just go here if you’re craving for authentic Italian food. You don’t really need a reason to do so.
Address: Ground Floor, Hotel 1925, Pilahan St., Lipa, Batangas
Contact Number: 0917 577 5080
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00AM – 9:00PM