With the aim of promoting the ILOCANO CUISINE, ILocos Sur Vice-Governor Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano husband of well-loved actress Dina Bonnevie-Savellano together with sibling Reina Virginia Savellano partnered with well-known Chef and family friend Heny Sison to come up with a new Restaurant right at the corner of 11th Jamboree and Scout Rallos that offers authentic Ilocano dishes and other Filipino specialties – VICTORINO’S.
VICTORINO’S is named after the patriarch of the Savellano family. The restaurant is divided into seven (7) areas designed to retain that authentic Ilocano Heritage by architect Arnel Dayanghari and Interior Designer Maja Olivares who worked on recreating the ambiance of a cozy Ilocano home. Filled with antique collections and fabulous art pieces from the glass windows, chandeliers, wooden planks, cabinets, decorative jars, and vintage furniture. This 2-storey house is more than a restaurant, it is a small museum.
Allows visitors to take home a piece of Ilocos with them like the famous Vigan Longganisa, Bagnet and Empanada. Bottled goodies are also available like pickled quail eggs, shallots (lasona), sili, bangus sardines, dulong tapenade, mango and tomato jams.
Enjoy some grilled burgers and steaks with your wine in this area.
THE FUNCTION ROOMS
THE MAIN DINING ROOM
A regular watering hole for all foodies who craves for Filipino food and authentic Ilocano cuisines. Here’s a list of some interesting Ilocano Dishes that you’d probably want to try or just want to hear.
SALAD NGA UTONG
CRISPY BAGBAGIS (Pig Intestines)
ABU-OS (ant eggs)
ADOBO A TUKAK (frogs)
KINIROG NGA ARARAWAN
My all-time favorite Ilocano treats are the Pakbet, Bagnet, Patupat and Vigan Longganisa.
THE ACTIVITY ROOM
Located at the far end of the ground level of the restaurant, this area will showcase from time to time exhibits from Ilocano painters and other artists. All items displayed in this area are for sale.
VICTORINO’S was formally introduced to the public through a simple blessing and dinner last March 23 (Saturday). Joining Vice-Governor DV Savellano, Dina Bonnevie-Savellano and Heny Sison during the ribbon-cutting ceremony is the Savellano’s matriarch and the original cook in the family, Virginia “Nana Jean” Barbers.
The gathering was graced by family, friends and some media practitioners. Also spotted during the opening, Danica Sotto, Oyoboy Sotto and wife Kristine Hermosa.
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