When hunger strikes and you’re on a busy highway, your source of nourishment is usually the occasional piece of candy under the car seat or fish crackers sold by a street vendor. Unless you’re driving along Congressional Avenue Extension, where you might stumble across a little hole-in-the-wall called Gudo. Gudo is a small Italian restaurant offering pasta, pizza, and steaks that come in my favorite variety: substantial and affordable. How affordable, you ask? The most expensive item is only Php 175.00. Yep, you read that right. Steaks and pasta dishes for less than Php 200.00. Gudo’s interior is so small, it’s a tight fit for 20 patrons inside. There are tables outside, though, if you’re OK with eating literally beside the road, especially under the vicious heat of the sun. The walls and seats are mostly wood, and drinks are poured out of carafes into cleaned-out mayo jars for that rustic appeal. We ordered T-bone steaks, three kinds of pizza (three-cheese, pepperoni, and garlic and mushroom), some peri-peri chicken, and a couple of pasta dishes (pesto and spaghetti and meatballs). Iced tea pitchers come at Php 50.00, but take it easy on the drinks; Gudo doesn’t have a bathroom, so you’ll have to make a death-defying trip to use the bathroom in the gas station across the road. Oh, and if you have a sweet tooth, you might be a bit disappointed to know they don’t serve desserts. The steaks were delicious. My sister asked for hers well done, yet the slab did not possess the unappealing characteristic of a leather wallet. It was still tender and juicy, and seasoned well. The mashed potatoes were great, though a bit too smooth for my taste.
The pizzas were pretty big and had some rather good flavors, though I wish the thin crusts were a bit crispier. The juicy chicken was also nicely seasoned.
You’ll be surprised at how much pasta they serve at their prices. I mean they were huuuge. In both dishes, the noodles were cooked al dente, but I preferred the pesto over the red sauce, which had a touch of sweetness to it that, as you know, I don’t like.
Service was also commendable; the staff was very friendly and attentive. We definitely plan on stopping by again.
Overall rating: ★★★★☆
Congressional Avenue Extension, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
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