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A delicious Italian odyssey await guests in Old Manila at The Pen

Updated: Jun 5, 2023

The first Italian to be appointed Chef de Cuisine of Old Manila, Calabrian-born Chef Nicolino promises to take dinner guests on a journey through five unique Italian wineries in this highly-anticipated dinner

Assaggio in Italian means “taste” in English, and on March 28, 2023 lovers of alta cucina Italiana will definitely want a taste of the degustation menu that Old Manila’s Chef de Cuisine Domenico Nicolino is preparing for his Assaggio Italiano Wine Dinner.


Chef Nicolino will be pairing with a delicious five-course degustation menu – or menu degustazione as he calls it – that will highlight the varieties of flavours and textures that Italian cuisine is famous for.


Check out their fabulous selection of dish and wine pairing menu below:

Amuse Bouche

Tartare di Tonno ai Capperi e Olive

(Tuna Tartare, kalamata olives, caperberries) Ruggeri ‘Giall'Oro’ Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry, Veneto NV


Vitello Tonnato

(Italian-style milk-fed and slow-cooked veal, “tonnato sauce,” cured egg yolk)

Bastianich ‘Refosco,’ Colli Orientali del Friuli, Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2012


Tortelli di Ossobuco allo Zafferano

(Slow-braised ossobuco tortelli, Parmesan fondue, saffron)

Giacomo Fenocchio Freisa, Langhe, Piemonte 2014


Filetto di Sgombro con Fregola e Frutti di Mare (Pan-seared mackerel, sardinian fregola, lobster bisque shellfish)

Alois Lageder Gewürztraminer, Südtirol - Alto Adige, Trentino-Alto Adige 2014


Tiramisu’ Ricostruito

(Deconstructed tiramisu, mascarpone, coffee custard)

Pelissero Moscato D’asti, Piemonte NV


Old Manila’s Chef de Cuisine Domenico Nicolino five-course Assaggio Italiano Wine Dinner menu degustazione is priced at P8,000 per person (inclusive of taxes).


For more information and table reservations, please call The Peninsula Manila at +63 2 8887 2888 (ext. 6691 or 6694 for Restaurant Reservations) or email

Open daily except Sundays:

Monday to Friday

Lunch 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Monday to Saturday

Dinner 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm


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