I was indeed fortunate to be invited to Eduardo Diego’s Pre-Valentine Product Launching and Wine Tasting Event a day before the Day of Hearts on Feb. 13 at The Marketplace, Ayala Centrio Mall.

Eduardo Diego Principals Jeigs Pakino and Ed Quimpano Jr. (2nd from right/rightmost) toast their new partnership with Atlante Import Italy Pte Ltd’s Principals Roberto & Elaine Morinelli (Leftmost & center).

Not only was it another milestone occasion for Cagayan de Oro’s multi-awarded Italian Specialty Restaurant, it was the wine-tasting event with the widest range of wines to taste I have ever experienced, thanks to Eduardo Diego’s partner Atlante Import Italy Pte Ltd. which had just appointed them their exclusive distributor for Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao.

The incompaable Nap Sax Hechanova

With mood music provided by the incomparable  Nap Sax  Hechanova, the ambience was just right for the evening’s Festa Italiana as Eduardo Diego’s indefatigable Dynamic Duo of Jeigs Pakino and Ed Tangcay Quimpano Jr. of J2J Co. introduced three new items for their already formidable menu, in tandem with the Mom-and-Pop tandem behind the success of Atlante Import Italy Pte Ltd., Roberto Morinelli and his Kagay-anon wife Elaine Espino, now based in Singapore.

The evening’s guests were treated to a #TrulyDelizioso unforgettable Dining Experience with the official introduction of three new items to their menu: 

Pasta Crema de Pollo (meaty chicken flakes on signature buttered cream sauce.

PastaDiegoTagliatelle (premium Italian sausage slices blended with a unique pasta sauce of fresh herbs, spices tossed with Tagliatelle Pasta (best matched with #CHIARLI IL Mio wines from Italy)
Especially prepared for Valentine’s Day, heart-shaped Pizza Crema de Pollo.

Tagliatelle are a traditional type of pasta made from egg pasta from the Emilia-Romagna and Marche regions of Italy using the traditional ratio of one egg for every one hundred grams of flour. Individual pieces of tagliatelle are long, flat ribbons that are similar in shape to fettuccine and are traditionally about 6 mm (1/4 inch) wide. Tagliatelle can be served with a variety of sauces, though the classic is a meat sauce or Bolognese sauce.

Elaine & Roberto Morinelli, the dynamic duo behind the success of Atlante Import Italy Pte Ltd. of Singapore.

Roberto and Elaine made the evening even livelier, going around and advising guests on which of the various wines they were uncorking for us to taste goes best with what dish (21, count ‘em!).

Primarily, these were the CHARLI Premium Demi Vino Rosso (Red), Vino Bianco (White), or Vino Rosato (Pink)

.“Remember that food and wine are like a family,” Roberto noted. “Is something being wrong, it is wrong, then we fight! But don’t let them fight. Tomorrow is night and day, so we need each one to love one other. I don’t want to talk further about the wines. It is best tasted to tell you all about them.”

Besides the three new wines and menu items, Eduardo Diego also rolled out their Solo Pasta servings from 10AM-4PM daily for Solo Spaghetti Pomodoro, Solo Spaghetti AglioOlio, and Solo Spaghetti Salsa Rosa (plain).

Eduardo Diego Ristorante at The Marketplace, Ayala Centrio Mall

You can visit  EduardoDiego Ristorante on either their main branch at A. Velez corner Hayes streets, or at The Marketplace, Ayala Centrio Mall or contact them through 0945-214-2457 or 09350151-4868.

EduardoDiego has been cited as the Most Outstanding Italian Cuisine Specialty Restaurant in Cagayan de Oro by the  2nd Asian Sterling AwardsNational Awardee for Best Authentic Italian Pizzeria by the Elite Business Excellence Award 2019, and awarded the Seal of Quality Excellence by Q Asia’s Quality Excellence Awards

The Q Asia’s Quality Excellence Awards is dedicated to recognizing companies, products and services that have achieved product quality excellence. The awards are conferred upon products and services that meet the standards of product and service quality excellence.


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