IN this undoubtedly modern city, dining startups keep on popping up every now and then. All have two things in common – they try to outsmart each other in terms of dishes served and they try to pace each other in terms of winning dining patrons. Because of the stiff competition, not every resto will succeed. Some will close out eventually.
Resto Freeno is quite lucky. Named after the two owners – Dr. Rino Berjes and Mark Freeman – Resto Freeno became an instant hit with its Italian flagship dishes due to the extensive network of friends of the two owners who, modesty aside, belong to the middle class and well-off market. Of course, Dr. Berjes is a Mindanao-renowned veterinarian and has friends in the agriculture industry. As for Freeman, he is a well-known forex trading trainer in the region. These friendships have garnered dining patrons from Cagayan de Oro and neighboring places who troop the gastronomic joint at 16th-17th Sts. in Nazareth.
Yet Resto Freeno doesn’t rest its laurels there. As manager Mariane Llanos would put it, she’s concocting monthly specials every 30 days or so just to tweak around the regular menu and give dining patrons more excitement.
Of course, Resto Freeno’s menu is heavily influenced by Mariane’s former work as a nutritionist in Malaysia: the food giant she’s ex-serving had an Italian gourmet theme. And so we see on the menu dishes such as salmon gamberi, bella pasta, bruchetta platter, Sicilian chicken salad, fiesta paella, Sicilia seafood pizza, etc.
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