Built from passion, creativity & diligence, Amare La Cucina has its roots in Baguio City, where it is currently known to be one of the best local restaurants.
With humble beginnings right from a small space at the ancestral home of its founder, Edmark Bustos, it has grown to become the destination for authentic Neapolitan style, brick-oven pizza. While on a holiday with his wife in 2013, Edmark drew inspiration from a fellow restaurateur to learn how to create the hand-stretched, uniquely flavorful dough that became the base of the pizzas served today.
Completing this formula is the use of a wood-fired brick oven, which at precise temperature and cooking time, adds more to the unique flavor and texture that the Napoletana pizza is known for.
After much planning, crafting and training, the first full-scale restaurant opened in 2014 at the lobby of the Albergo Hotel in Baguio. The location still continues to strongly draw both local and tourist patrons to this day. The first branch in Manila opened in 2017 and is located in Kapitolyo, Pasig City, which still remains as one of the biggest food hubs in the metro.
With a focus on excellence, passion & pride, our mission is to consistently provide our customers a remarkable dining experience through exceptional Italian inspired food created with heart and with service that reflects true local warmth. We offer a wide array of Neapolitan style pizzas, pastas, mains, appetizers and desserts, plus the experience of making your own pizza.
Though the name AMARE is a portmanteau of the Bustos’ siblings names (Alvin, Marianne and Edmark), Amare La Cucina in itself means “to love the kitchen” in Italian. With the appreciation of the Filipino’s fondness for Italian cuisine combined with the commitment to elevating everything LOCAL, from fresh ingredients to exemplary service, the restaurant strives to consistently reflect its name, which means “to love.”