Megaworld Lifestyle Malls did it again! With the completion of its Venice Grand Canal Mall, elevating our shopping and dining experiences several notches higher, locals can now get a taste and feel of la dolce vita in one of Europe’s most romantic cities: Venice. From the sights to the sounds as well as the cuisine, visiting this mall is like stepping into an entirely far-off place.
Located in McKinley Hill in Taguig City, the Venice Grand Canal Mall captures the charm and majesty of picturesque Venezia and is now a popular destination among Metro Manila residents and local tourists alike. No doubt the place is so Instagram-worthy so I couldn’t help but have my photo taken.
Aside from the retail shops and modern cinema, there are so many restaurants to choose from offering a variety of cuisines — of course there’s a few Italian, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Thai as well as fusion restaurants. When I first visited the mall with my friends, we dined at Toni & Sergio Gastro Italiano and the food is as authentic as it can be with Italian chefs at the restaurant’s helm. These are what we sampled:
You will recognize real, honest-to-goodness Italian pizza by its toppings. It may appear as though there’s very little topping and it’s true but it tastes absolutely delizioso.
For dessert we tried another Italian restaurant called Gran Caffe Lavena which sits right on the Rialto bridge. We ordered two cakes: one was Tres Leches and the other was Sansrival. Prices are quite steep. I guess it’s because the restaurant occupies a prime central space with a great view of the canal to boot.
I actually once spent a whole day in Venice, Italy a long time ago — 15 years ago to be exact. A handful of my classmates and I took a day trip to Venice from our home base in Munich, Germany. However, since we were just student-scholars living on modest stipends, we never got to ride a gondola in Venice. I remember back then the rate was 60 euros per gondola — too expensive for us — so we just spent our pocket money on pizza and gelato.
I finally got to ride a gondola at the mall, albeit briefly, and it’s even more special because I was with my daughter Bea, who longs to travel to Italy in the future. The rates for the ten-minute gondola ride are as follows: P250 per head (Mondays – Thursdays); P350 per head (Fridays – Sundays); minimum of 4 persons per gondola. It’s really nice to try it but I bet it’s even better at sunset or at night. The gondoliers are extremely helpful and friendly. Big props for that!
No visit to Venice (or to the Venice Mall) is complete without a scoop or two (or three!) of gelato. Chiara’s gelato adds to the overall delightful and wholesome experience. The stracciatella and pistachio flavors are a must-try!
The Venice Grand Canal Mall is truly a wonderful place for families and barkadas to hang out in, and especially for couples looking for a romantic date place. It offers us a not-so-ordinary kind of malling experience. Bellissima!