The name is inspired by one of the most memorable Jose Rizal characters in his landmark novel Noli Me Tangere. In the book Padre Damaso, a Spanish friar is rumored to have been the real father of Maria Clara, one of the key protaganists. Pia was the native mother of Maria Clara. The twist in the restaurant's name conjures the happy blend of native, Spanish, and Chinese culinary cultures with a distinctly modern re-interpretation.
Among the featured menu items are classic Filipino comfort food: chicken pastel, chicken and pork adobo, binagoonan with okra, bacalao a la vizcaina, lengua sevillano and several distinctive dishes such as:
- Lang-lang Noodle Soup, based on an old Binondo family recipe, featuring shredded chicken, woodear mushrooms, and three types of noodles: molo, lomi and sotanghon, guaranteed to sit heavy on your stomach
- Smoked Tapang Usa with a roasted vegetable scramble, featuring salted venison from Nueva Ecija with a side of green mango pickeles, and garlic rice
- Lemon tuyo pasta, with the traditional smoked fish serving as a topping of lemon-infused spaghetti.
Unit 2-053 Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila Tel. 02 729 5511 Email: email@example.com
- - Cathy_bythe sea's review in Midlife Mysteries blog
- Blogger Anton of Ourawesomeplanet.com http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2007/11/pia-y-damaso.html
- Snapshot of Restaurante Damaso's menu http://www.flickr.com/photos/diaz/2063063041/in/set-72157603296383069/
- Cathy Babao's photo gallery of Damaso Restaurant as well as snapshots of Greenbelt 5 http://cathybabao.multiply.com/photos/album/24/Padre_Damaso_Goes_To_Greenbelt_Five
- cathy_bythesea's blog review http://nancydrewandme.blogspot.com/2007/12/noli-me-tangere-at-greenbelt-five-pia-y.html
- Inquirer.net's article on Greenbelt 5 http://services.inquirer.net/print/print.php?article_id=104309Archive