Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Revenge of the Hikers: Picobello Ristorante Italiano

I burned too many calories during the three-day hike up and down Mt. Apo that eating-all-I-can crabs wasn't enough. I was craving for pizza the next day. I speed-texted Davao-based friends and friends who have been to Davao asking for a recommendation. The majority's choice? Picobello Ristorante Italiano.

We speed-walked it to Gaisano Grand Citimall, just a block from where we were staying. I eagerly pressed the mall elevator's up button. At the fifth level, the entire floor looked abandoned with boarded up sections. But a few steps away, I spot Picobello Ristorante Italiano and was welcomed by this sign:

I checked my watch. It read 4:50PM. Ten minutes to go! We hurried in, picked a seat, and quickly flipped to the pizza section of the menu. In three minutes, we had placed an order for two pizzas and a drink: Quattro Stagioni pizza, Dell'Ortolano pizza, and a glass of their special iced tea.

One for me and one for you

Their ten-inch diameter pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired brick oven.  We didn't have to wait too long for our Quattro Stagioni pizza and Dell'Ortolano pizza. The Quattro Stagioni had mushrooms, artichoke, ham, anchovies, capers, and olives. The Dell'Ortolano had zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and mushroom. I liked the Quattro Stagioni because it had most of the toppings I love: artichoke, capers, olives. Dell'Ortolano was also a good choice. Vegetarians would go for this, I am sure. What made their iced tea special? Lychees!

A tall glass of special iced tea and a big bottle of Tabasco sauce

As evidenced by their six-page menu, Picobello not only makes pizza but other Italian dishes as well. I wish we had Picobello (and their buy one get one pizza) in Cebu.

Picobello Ristorante Italiano
5F Gaisano Grand Citimall, Duterte St., Davao City
(082) 235 3417 / 235 3418

UPDATE May 2015:
Picobello Ristorante Italiano
2F, The Shoppes at Woodlane, Davao City
Daily 11AM - 10PM

How we packed on Picobello pizzas and unpacked our pockets:
Quattro Stagioni Php 315
Dell'Ortolano free
Special iced tea Php 85

Mt. Apo in Two Parts:
The Ups and Downs of Mt. Apo
Mt. Apo Itinerary

Revenge of the Hikers:
Picobello Ristorante Italiano (you're here!)


  1. Replies
    1. Timing gyud! Lipay kaayo ang mga gutom hahahah :D

  2. Wood-fired pizzas nya buy-one-take-one! Even for that alone, Picobello is indeed a steal.

  3. I haven't tried their buy 1, take 1 promo. But given the quality of their pizzas, looking like a steal!

    I blogged my recent visit to Picobello, I'd love for you to read about my experience: http://davaofoodguide.blogspot.com/2013/09/picobello-italian-ristorante-long.html

    1. Hi Abby! It is a steal!!! Thanks for visiting :) Dropped a comment on your post.

  4. i love their food but still i am not used to eating pasta so i had hard time eating all the food i ordered :)

    CheerfuLiz Haven

    1. Hi Liz! Let me know next time you go and I will help you eat all the food :))

    2. ngano naa pa diay picobello sa gaisano ilustre na wala na man? asa na nag balhin? thanks!

    3. August 2013 ko last naka adto. Wala na diay didto? Pangitaon lang nako kung makabalik ko ug Davao :))