Camalig Restaurant

Santo Rosario St., Angeles City 2009
045 888 1077

Cuisines: Filipino

Specialties: Filipino Pizza

Budget: P500 - P999

Historic Camalig Restaurant: Home of Armando’s Pizza
It was once a humble little “shed,” as the name Camalig literally translates to. Relatively insignificant if you think about historical sites that served as battlegrounds for world wars, homes to former presidents, or prisons to revolutionary heroes. Yet this former grain depot-turned-restaurant has turned out to be one of the most popular local and tourist destinations in Angeles City.

What truly defines Camalig are not the stories found in history books, but the stories chronicled within its own walls through 150 years of existence. From a grain depot to a tool shed to an art center to a restaurant, Camalig has witnessed underground societies hold initiation rights, artists craft their masterpieces, city officials draw major political decisions, and even courtships turn to romance.

It is now known as Camalig Restaurant, “Home of Armando’s Pizza,” named after current owner Marc Nepomuceno’s late father, Armando Nepomuceno. It was built in 1840 by his ancestor, the town’s first mayor Don Ciriaco de Miranda, and passed down to the family through five generations.

The building was modified and upgraded during the early 1900’s to the Camalig structure that it is now. What’s most fascinating about it is the idea that it deviated against the trends and urban onslaught of modernization, and instead preserved the antique architecture and image of the ancestral town.

The wood and stone structure with large open windows, as well as old family relics and black-and-white photographs hanging on the walls, give the place such character and old world charm.

It wasn’t until 1973 that Armando’s pizza was introduced. And this was what Camalig patrons kept coming back for.

The pizza is an innovative Filipino version of the classic Italian pie that earned the tag, “Ang Pambansang Pizza.” The thin crispy crust, the rich thick sweet sauce, and the selection of traditional and quite unusual toppings, all combine to create a truly Filipino pizza. The most famous of which is the original Doy’s Kapampangan, a surreal but delightful combination of longganisa (sweet native sausage), ebun buru (salted duck egg), onions, and pickle relish.

It is best to visit Camalig Restaurant after sunset. Dining and drinking in the landscaped patio over dim romantic lights while listening to live retro and jazz bands all add up to a perfect al fresco evening.

 


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