Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Ristorante Bigoli: The New Italian in the Neighborhood

I have been reading articles about food tourism just lately, mostly about 'Eating Italy Food Tours.'   Organised and guided gastronomic experience is something that has taken off  globally on the last decade, and our country of course had started paving ways.   The idea of going to Italy to experience food and its culture could be rather absurd for any Asian like us.   Our country has a rich history (realized that even more after our recent trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar) which can be quite compared to Italy's though I would be the biggest liar if I tell you I don't like to go through such tours, more so for a country where my favorite cuisine originated from.

 Apart from dishing my way to Italian's traditional cooking at home, I go out and savor pasta, bistecca, dolce  and gelato at my favorite Italian restaurants.   In that way I don't have to fly to Milan or anywhere in Italy just to relish authentic Italian dishes but with the taste passing Filipino ratings.    I have tons of posts on the said cuisine here ( do kindly look for the categories section on the left side,  Italian cuisine), and one of  my go-to restaurant for this fare is Ristorante Bigoli, if I am in Trinoma.
During their opening in 2011 of the Eastwood branch, this was the statement of the owners, “We have worked to put together just the right mix that would bring a home-y feel, access & connection, options, modern Italian goodness from start to finish – elements that are so important to today’s discerning & value-conscious dining and mall crowd – in our aim to offer the newest hangout in the Eastwood City neighborhood.  Ristorante Bigoli Eastwood has re-opened its doors to be the new place for meet-ups, get-togethers, happy dining experiences, and  to generate great ideas.”
Ristorante Bigoli thrives to connect to Eastwood diners by bringing a piffling part of Italy, with an ambiance likened to chic Italian interiors but not stiff, not to unwelcome even teenage barkadas and family groups.   Even the music is Italian, but with a tweak of  Filipino adverts as inserts to every chosen album.
 Here you can have your fills, bottomless on any drinks, except coffee.
Speaking of coffee, you can also trust Bigoli to serve you authentic and prime blend Italian brand coffee.   The prime espresso blend is as good either hot or cold.  Below is the Java chip Freeze and the other is their Cafe Mocha.

Have I told you already that  for every pasta you order is a complimentary  garlic bread stick that is so addictive?  If you want more you can just ask the waitstaff for more fro free.   This kind is soft and subtle garlic flavor that's best in finishing up your pasta sauce.
I am pretty sure that in some way or another you might have tried or read something about panizzas.  These are thin crust pizzas, meant to be rolled out before eaten.   Bigoli has something more exciting.  They have rolled the pizza and flavored perfectly for us.  They call it Stromboli and they come in three glorious options. Pepperoni, Bacon and Beef. 
Unlike the Beef and Pepperoni Strombolis which has a tangy Marinara sauce, the Bacon Stromboli has white sauce.   I's like eating our regular bacon packed pizza with the regular Alfredo sauce.
I fancy the Beef Stromboli because they use wagyu beef, Kita Yama wagyu beef for that matter.  Aside from its exceptional taste comes from its higher concentration of good fats (as compared with other beefs), it is considered healthy meat due to the higher percentage of monounsaturated (healthy) fat, thus has low cholesterol than other beef kinds.  The cattle used for this meat were raised locally somewhere in the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad of Bukidnon, eating only grass-thus the name 'Kita' and Yama is the Japanese word for mountain.   Hmmm, this compels me to learn more about the Kitayama wagyu beef.
See how amazing the burst of savor in this roll is-  the sauce and the bits of  bacon gets into the bread holes.
An all-time Bigoli favorite, the Italian Chicken.   Crisp yet tender inside, fried chicken coated in the tastiest sauce (can not be compared with the known KPop chicken) that does not overwhelm the taste of the chicken.  For a mere P135.00 you already get two cuts and Italian Rice.  But if you don't like having rice with it, you may opt to have it with Spaghetti Marinara, Spaghetti al Pest or Fettuccine Carbonara.
Now brace yourselves, for those who love Ravioli like me.  A new addition to their menu the Ravioli di Laguria is now available.  I am now convinced that Ristorante Bigoli is indeed serious when they say that every meal 'will reach deep into old country culinary traditions and brings Italian cuisine and experience to the new world.'
Each ravioli is freshly prepared homemade pasta from two layers of thin egg pasta dough,  filled then with a delicious blend of cream cheese, Mozzarella and bacon laid on a plate of Marinara sauce.
Laguria (or Laguria) is a region in Italy, said to be the place where it was first discovered.
For our sweet-ending, we were offered their new range of StickHouse Gelato, the Cupido.  It is two flavors of heavenly goodness in one bite.  On top is Chocolate Gelato with Vanilla Gelato filling  and under it is Strawberry sorbet with chocolate gelato filling.

About Ristorante Bigoli:   A member of the New Ventures Group, Ristorante Bigoli opened first at 4L Trinoma Mall, then at Eastwood and SM Fairview. The same group is the exclusive local distributor of StickHouse and one of the privileged carriers of Caffe Izzo.

Do check out their Facebook Page: Ristorante Bigoli Official for promos.


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