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La Dolce Vita


In the heart of Cubao is an unassuming restaurant ran by an old Italian man named Roberto. 

It was on a Sunday in 1999, when he came across a commercial space for rent at 9000 pesos a month. At the time, Marikina Shoe Expo, or what is now known as CubaoX, was not an ideal place to start a business. To him however, it was an opportunity that he could not let slip away. 

On the same day, he paid his first rent. And sixteen years later, what was once an empty space now stands as one of the most visited restaurants in Quezon City. What was once a stupid idea is now the bread and butter of the Bellini family. 

Here is Roberto's dolce vita.