Italia Restaurant has made quite a following ever since they first opened in 2000. The usual suspects: pizza and pasta. So although I have dined here years ago, with no lasting memory ever made, I decided to give it another shot. After all, I don’t need much persuasion when Italian food is involved.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in are the arches in the room. It reminded me of the trattorias in Italy. The white linens, the art on the walls, gave it its elegance.
The service— exceptional. The staff were attentive, anticipated our every need and are knowledgeable about the menu. That right there, says a lot.
I started with the Baked Oysters Cesari (P195) . The garlic and cheese beautifully complimented the freshness of the oysters.
The Farfelle al Funghi in truffle cream sauce (P425) came highly recommended. And I can see why. I mean, it is truffle after all. Rich and scrumptious, this dish may just be Italia’s shining star. The Godfather’s Pizza (P395) comes with bacon, ham, sausage and mozzarella. This was supposed to be their specialty, although there was nothing special about it. Suffice to say, Italia won’t be my first choice for pizza.The Pasta Calamari (P295) is this spaghetti in tomato based concoction of squid and chili. I enjoyed the balance of the spices, the freshness of the squid (kinda hoping there were more squid in there, though) and the firmness of the pasta.The Callos (P245) was tasty, with the ox tripe and knuckles practically melting in my mouth.
Italia Restaurant has a great selection of wines, too, perfect with your sumptuous meal! Drop by with friends and family, and taste for yourself.