I’ve always loved Italian food, and since my trip to Italy in 2012, I’ve been looking for an Italian place here in the Philippines that would satisfy my cravings but won’t break my budget. I found that in Ristorante Bigoli in Eastwood.
Together with other bloggers, I was invited by Zomato Philippines to try out the offerings of Bigoli and I was very glad to have attended.
We started the dinner with some appetizers: parmesan potato chips, which are deep fried thinly sliced potato chips encrusted with a lot of Parmesan cheese; strombolli, meat wrapped in pizza dough and baked with cheese; and bread sticks that were garlicky, soft, and just came out of the oven.
I only had a piece of the strombolli with beef, and I loved it. The bread was soft and chewy. The bestseller was the bread stick though. It’s complimentary and you can have as many as you want!
We had the Tour of Italy next, a plateful of pasta with three distinct servings: lasagna, carbonara, and spaghetti bolognese. I had tasted a bit of each and loved it, especially the carbonara. We also had spaghetti al pesto and marinara. It was certainly a pasta feast!
Next to be served was Bistecca Macinata, Kita Yama Wagyu beef roast, and Ristorante Bigoli’s famous fried chicken. The Bistecca Macinata–grilled beef burger patty topped with Bigoli’s red-wine gravy, sliced mushrooms, and served with rice and vegetables, was a winner. The patty was tender and very flavorful. It made me regret all the pasta I had already eaten.
The roast was also okay. It was served with special red wine-gravy, buttered vegetables, and mashed potatoes, but by then, I was a bit full. However, I did have a piece of the fried chicken. The sauce was really good; there was tomato, honey, rosemary, and who knows what other spices. Jollibee paled in comparison to this! 😀 I highly recommend this; you can order it in four, six, or ten pieces.
As if the pasta and all the meat weren’t enough, we were served two kinds of pizza: Pizza Tropicale and Pizza Capricciosa. I just took pictures since I couldn’t eat any more.
However, I did try their in-house dessert, the popsicle gelato from Stick House. My strawberry flavor was to die for! It didn’t taste like the gelato I’d had in Italy, but it served its purpose well of cleansing my palate of all the flavors that I had eaten.
If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant with a lot of really good choices at an affordable price, I can’t recommend Ristorante Bigoli enough. Try it and you’ll see!
If you like eating out in restaurants, definitely download Zomato, an app that can help you find any restaurant in the Metro. It can tell you which ones are open near you and what their specialties are. Zomato is in Metro Manila and planning to expand to other Philippine cities soon.