One Saturday afternoon…

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…at Al Fresco’s D2, I met up with their PR Manager, Cindy and their Chef, Mario. It was a such a treat chatting with Chef Mario as he recounted his kitchen stories. He has been in Vietnam for 21 years — first working with Al Fresco’s restaurant in Hanoi. He moved to HCMC in 2003 to open Al Fresco’s Dong Du restaurant. But his history with the Al Fresco Group started in 1992 in Hong Kong.

Oh and did I mention that he’s a fellow Filipino?

Of course, it all ended up with us eating a whole lot of Al Fresco’s bestsellers and sampling their new premium weekend wood burnt pizza. You can only get these yummy pizzas in their District 2 garden restaurant!

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Cheesy Salami and Mushroom

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Chili Beef Taco

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Quail Eggs Florentine

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Pancetta and Anchovy Bianca

You think with Chef Mario’s seniority, he’d no longer be doing most of the cooking or baking — but nope, he manned the pizza station that afternoon. He deftly prepared the pizzas in no time. Diners would be happy to know that you can watch the chef prepare your order at the pizza station. Just don’t touch the oven! 😛

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He shared that he’d still like to continue working in the kitchen. And I agree!

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