The Story Behind Trufa Pasta Bar, the First of its Kind in Makati

We didn’t realize we needed—and craved—a pasta bar, until Trufa came along. Serving us exceptionally good and reasonably-priced pasta dishes (and more!), each dining experience at Trufa is guaranteed to be a unique one from your last. 

The journey begins in customizing your pasta to your own liking. The simple make-your-own menu lets you choose among twelve of its sauces also known as la salsa, twelve different pasta shapes also known as la pasta, and fourteen toppings also known as la alegria. And that’s not the best part yet. 

“Here at Trufa, we like to treat our customers—no, spoil them—with only the best. We want them to feel good with what they eat,” begins owner Tricia Espino. “That’s why we source our ingredients from only the best, we don’t do shortcuts, and we are very meticulous when it comes to food preparations. Our pastas and sauces are always made fresh,” she adds. 

Trufa favorites include the Tapastalog, which is similar to the famous Pinoy tapsilog but with pasta in place of rice; the Carbonara Filipina, which has fish instead of meat; and the Pastaella, a twist from the traditional Spanish paella. As for the appetizers, the Albondigas de Angelines is a family recipe of a Catalan friend of Tricia’s, who shares with her the same love for food; while the Croquetas are a restaurant specialty. Vegetarians will also find delectable, healthy meals on the menu. 

Alongside its signature pasta dishes, Trufa introduces the hamburguesa—a juicy, meaty burger that’s delicious like no other; and the coca, or the Spanish thin-crust pizza, which is a sumptuous delight with every bite! 

Trufa’s constantly updated wine selection is worth exploring, as well as its range of freshly baked cakes and cookies, best enjoyed with their coffee—a special brew from Bacolod. There is certainly something for everyone at Trufa Pasta Bar, from families and kids dining on a Sunday, to colleagues who prefer to stay for hours, and solo diners who simply want to treat themselves. 

Marking the pasta bar’s fourth year, with two branches in operation—one along Esteban Street in Legaspi Village and the newer branch in Valero Street corner Sedeno in Salcedo Village, Trufa still has more to offer. “Diners can look forward to new menu items that are guaranteed Filipino favorites,” says Tricia. “The two restaurants will each have unique offerings that customers will surely enjoy and keep coming back to.” 

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