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Il Padrino: The Goodfella You Better Not Refuse

Il Padrino…

Il Padrino

You know how godfathers have this imposing presence may it be as a funny guy, sweet, caring and all that; like it’s a confirming statement as to why they’re “godfathers” you can run to after all… Never mind if it’s usually their wives or girlfriends perhaps, even their daughters who pick what gift to give you… not as “influential” on that aspect as “making you an offer you can’t refuse”; yet we’re nevertheless thankful for I guess. For that “offer” though, leave that to “The Godfather” type of figure…

Il Padrino

Or, speaking of “making you an offer you can’t refuse”, leave that to Il Padrino! Il Padrino means ‘The Godfather’ in Italian. Here in the Philippines though ‘Il Padrino’ is “Your Better Coffee”.

Il Padrino

Like how The Godfather Don Vito Corleone rose from humble beginnings, Il Padrino started small in a way that “Il Padrino” himself or the man behind it, Ervine Pangwi, just wanted to serve coffee; in a grand scale that is, having set his goal into acquiring a franchise for a famous coffee… With that initial “mission” getting rejected somehow, it turned into a vision to rather start his own coffee shop business.

Il Padrino

And with such determination coupled with “The Godfather” for a concept aptly in sync with having to go up against the big guns so to speak, Il Padrino was born. Much like “Don Corleone” gaining his influential status, Il Padrino has established its stronghold among coffee enthusiasts and foodies alike with these frequenters for a following. Like its coffee, their “potency and aroma” is slowly brewing into parallelism “over territories among the big fellas”.

Now armed with a bigger clout, true to their roots and like some sort of a homecoming, Il Padrino branched out in Baguio with their 7th branch and their very first full-scale ristorante. Indeed a fitting agenda and avenue, they’ve made an offer you can’t refuse as there’s no “better” place to drink coffee than in Baguio City.

Il Padrino
…along Session Road

While among coffee lovers/drinkers/addicts/connoisseur or what-have-you, there will always be the “best coffee” as per their (own) taste. Thus, Il Padrino’s complaisant translation for a catchphrase, “Your Better Coffee”, is apparently a deferential manifestation of giving you options. As subservient as their beginning, they don’t claim to be the best, however unassumingly offer choices for your discretion.

Il Padrino

Speaking of a “better choice” according to my own preference, I have these considerations to offer that I hope you won’t refuse…

Come to think of it (or more like should you taste it), there’s not much of a difference between popular coffee blends and cool refreshments other than the associated status symbol sparked by societal branding standards. Whereas for Il Padrino, it has leveled up even more with these:

Il Padrino
Baguio local delights: Strawberry, Ube, Peanut Brittle

Through these ingenious concoctions relative to “your better choice” with unique considerations for its “homegrown o-FARE-ring”, Il Padrino manifests its keen objective in likewise “bettering” itself corresponding with customers’ better experience.

Yet, Il Padrino himself, Mr. Pangwi’s true correlation to “The Godfather” for a concept is beyond the competition with “co-goodfellas” but more on family ties. From which, offering hearty meals (as #YourBetterFood) was eventually conceptualized much like a “Don Corleone to Michael Corleone” thing… (or perhaps in Il Padrino’s case, it’s quite coincidental that his “Michael Corleone” is the female version of Michael, his daughter Michelle… ~ for Il Padrino’s more congenial approach I believe). Partnering their coffee with other offerings for a consummate (read: consume = ate) experience aims to strengthen the bond between patrons, to an extent beyond satisfying the cravings of consumers.

Il Padrino
Eggs Benedict

Being more of a foodie than a coffee-person, what I’ve enjoyed and still crave for from Il Padrino’s “#yourbetterfood” selection is the best Eggs Benedict I’ve had so far. But then, that could be just me of course. I’d leave their delectable offerings’ taste to your “better discrimination”, thus, you “better” try their food as well.

Il Padrino
Bangus Cordon Bleu

 

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Yet as Italian as this one…

 

Il Padrino
They likewise offer breakfast

 

For its mob of believers, the goodfella in Il Padrino is constantly aiming to be a “better fella” if only to continue “making a better offer you can’t refuse”.

You better not!

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“O” there I was… ~ at Il Padrino’s “right hand side” as the “consigliere”, get it? hahaha

 

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The “OA couple” enjoying the “OA ~ Oomph & Aroma”

 

Il Padrino
and what better way to enjoy that “Oomph & Aroma (OA)” combination than coffee and cake…

 

Il Padrino

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