Lutong Pugon


If you’re craving Italian food but are tired of having it inside fancy restaurants, all you need to do is drive a bit further from the metro and dine at Lutong Pugon in Tanay, Rizal.

This restaurant serves Italian food in a rustic greenhouse filled with art, making your brunch feel like a mini getaway.


Artsy, rustic greenhouse


Lutong Pugon - greenhouse
Greenhouse.
Image credit: @iamcarolnicole

Lutong Pugon is located in a bamboo-domed greenhouse. It’s also peppered with wooden furniture and art pieces, giving it a rustic feel.

Owned by a local artist, Jun Tiongco, the structure itself is art, with a multi-colored, patchwork roof and Piet Mondrian-inspired, color block flooring.

The restaurant also has an indoor-outdoor set-up, but there’s also a balcony where you can dine al fresco, surrounded by greenery.


Italian fare


Lutong Pugon - seafood marinara
Seafood marinara.
Image credit: @foodaholic.chef

There are several different kinds of pasta available at this restaurant. But to help you narrow down your options, we suggest getting their seafood marinara (P375, ~USD6.60) or pesto (P385, ~USD6.77).


Roasted chicken.
Image adapted from: @foodaholic.chef

They also serve mouth-watering, flavorful roasted chicken which you can get half for P395 (~USD6.95) or whole for P695 (~USD12.23).


Wood-fired pizza


Lutong Pugon - pizza
Gourmet wood-fired pizza.
Image credit: @theawesamsauce

You also shouldn’t miss out on what the restaurant is known for – wood-fired pizza. These have a slightly charred crust which gives their flavor more dimension

They have many flavors of this well-loved, Italian dish, but go for their gourmet varieties. Try their Jamon Serrano, Chorizo Iberico, or Prosciutto pizza (from P659, ~USD11.60).


Nearby art gallery


Lutong Pugon - art gallery
Art gallery.
Image credit: @clarissachua_

To make your trip to Tanay worth your while, drop by the owner’s art gallery located next to the restaurant.

It features the works of the owner as well as paintings and sculptures of other local artists in Rizal.

Here, you’ll find realist and abstract art featuring people, plants, animals, sceneries, and still lifes.


Satisfy your Italian food cravings at Lutong Pugon


With just a quick drive from the metro, you can get your favorite Italian food in a restaurant with a unique ambiance.

You can even make a side trip to the owner’s art gallery next door to fill your soul after filling your stomach!

Address: Sitio Masanting, Tanay, Rizal
Opening hours:
 8am-8pm, Daily
Telephone:
0995 255 7151
Lutong Pugon’s Facebook

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Cover image adapted from: @iamcarolnicole and @theawesamsauce 

 

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