Bon apétite!

Christening a restaurant ‘Nicotina’ may have been accidental but it is one surefire way to capture the attention of those who get unbelievably bad-tempered without their dose of nicotine-infused sticks on a given day. Also, the mere mention of the restaurant’s name is enough for either smokers or non-smokers to think of gratuitous servings of tobacco-flavored fare. This, however, isn’t the case when you actually go to Nicotina Garden Pavilion.

While the restaurant’s name apparently came from a variety of tobacco plant growing profusely on the previous owner Richard Tann’s garden, in reality, the trattoria (a dining place boasting of inexpensive meal prices and an informal atmosphere) dishes out notable Italian cuisine against a setting that is very Filipino.

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