No blog about Vigan have I read did no mention of Cafe Leona, but to my amazement when I asked a local where is it best to taste authentic Iloco cuisine, he never mentioned of Cafe Leona.
Still we went around town to look for Cafe Leona, strategically located in the beginning of the famous & most photograph Calle Crisologo is the old house of Vigan's most respected literary figure, Leona Florentino.
The ancestral house today, houses Ilocos Sur Tourism Office and Heritage Center and Cafe Leona.
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Across is a mini-plaza dedicated to Leona Florentino herself, whose family tree can be traced back to our country's National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
The ground floor where the restaurant is located is a picture of an old "bahay na bato," where the ground floor services as the "bodega" and garage, evident were those big doors and hallways.
The menu of the restaurant is laid before you in a buffet setting, very Filipino indeed, "turo-turo" so to say. During our visit we had; Binagoongan Baboy, Vigan Longganisa, Caldereta and Bagnet.
And so I say......Cafe Leona Found & Tasted!