Last Saturday, my husband and I were invited to dine at Ericka’s Pasta Story along Libertad, Butuan City. We welcomed going there since it’s been 2 years when we first checked out the place. And we are happy to say that we enjoyed the food served to us that evening 🙂
Other than the food, we also appreciated the natural options for drinks as well as the freshly picked herbs which are served/included in the cooking and preparation of dishes at Ericka’s. FYI: They grow their own herbs in their garden 🙂
But first things first. If you wonder why Ericka’s Pasta Story is located in a “homey” venue, it is because its owner wanted it to be that way. She had this vision of serving food at a restaurant located within a residence. And as to why serve Italian dishes? It is because an Italian has invested into this endeavor. This would explain, of course, why some of their own ingredients actually come all the way from that “Bel Paese” [beautiful country].
Now back to the food we sampled that evening 🙂 Among the Italian servings we had, tops for me was the chicken lasagna which comes with bruschetta [price is P150/4 USD]*. My husband and I also loved the vegetarian pizza [regular size is at P170/4-5 USD] . And speaking of vegetarian, I am happy to note that Ericka’s offers 5 choices of vegetarian pizza as well as 4 choices of vegetarian pasta. Their healthy drink options are made from lemon grass and other natural sources [various fruits, herbs, vegetables]. The tall, cold glass of this healthy option is only P30/less than 1 USD. Now, if you prefer a hot drink, you might want to try their green tea [from natural herbs] and also their latte macchiatto made of 100% Arabica coffee from Italy 🙂 [green tea is P60/1.50 USD, latte macchiatto is P85/2 USD].
Ericka’s also serves Filipino dishes with an Italian twist. For instance, instead of the usual soy sauce and vinegar we use in our Pinoy dishes, they use other ingredients including herbs. The taste would be new to someone who is used to Pinoy dishes but perhaps a welcome change for the adventurous 🙂
Ericka’s is often booked for meetings from government as well as private groups. For a maximum of 30 participants, they can enjoy an air conditioned venue with a set meal or snack. A meal/snack set ranges from P180-P275 [5 USD-7 USD].
For more information and inquiries, you can check out Ericka’s FB page or call 085-341-3762. They are open Mondays to Saturdays: 9 am to 10 pm and on Sundays: 12 noon to 10 pm.
Photo Credit: Ericka’s Pasta Story
Note: We are thankful to the management of Ericka’s Pasta Story for the invitation to come and enjoy what their restaurant has to offer 🙂
*USD prices are my own estimates based on the day’s dollar exchange rates and published here for my foreign readers.