Inside Robinsons Galleria lies a cozy Italian restaurant called Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria. With some brick walls, pristine tables, and colorful, almost funky chairs, this dining place is all casual, fun, and definitely photo-worthy!
Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria focuses on Italian fusion while priding itself in organic local produce by offering salads, soups, appetizers, bistecca, homemade pastas, Napoli pizzas, dolci, and of course, beverages. With that, one would not just be taking pleasure in eating healthy and fresh ingredients, but also is taking a part in supporting local products – which are just some of the good things at Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria.
This restaurant surely knows how to treat their customers with great experience by giving them great food and great memories. To start a few appetizers, let us have a taste of Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzaria’s Rostito Di Manzo, Arancini di Riso, and Mussels & Clams in White Wine.
Rostito Di Manzo (Php 495) includes thin slices of beef roasted with garlic, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, maldon, cherry tomatoes, arugula and parmesan, and served with focaccia. This one actually tastes good as the thin beef slices were tender and easy to cut.
Arancini di Riso (Php 160) is made up of deep-fried risotto balls stuffed with sweet ham and mozzarella. Three big pieces of balls per serving? Rich tasty sauce? Both checkity check check! The ham and mozzarella that are inside the risotto balls can really be tasted, plus it makes a delightful flavor combined with the delicious sauce.
Mussels & Clams in White Wine (Php 375) is a dish that is of fresh mussles and clams slowly simmered in white wine, made even tastier with tomatoes and garlic. Served in a big plate with focaccia, the taste of the white wine dominates this dish in a good way as it seeps through the meat of both the mussels and the clams.
For the salad, the Panzanella (Php 355) is bread salad with focaccia, tomatoes, cucumber, eggplant, and basil, tossed in their homemade honey-lemon vinaigrette. The focaccia adds a crisp texture to the dish as the vinaigrette gives the whole dish a tasteful adventure.
Roast Beef Pizza, Nonna’s Special, Smoked Salmon and Caviar, and Hawaiian are the four pizza variants Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria generously served.
First is their Roast beef Pizza (Php 485); it comes with pomodoro, mozzarella, ribeye slices, caramelized onions, homemade ricotta, and arugula. This pizza gives off a sweet taste from the caramelized onion and rich creaminess brought by the ricotta.
Nonna’s Special (Php 450) has pomodoro, burrata, mozzarella, and basil cream. The burrata cream cheese is at the center of this pizza dish while the basil cream is dominating the taste which gives this dish a refreshing, minty taste of some sort.
The Smoked Salmon and Caviar (Php 450) is served with pomodoro, mozzarella, smoked salmon, caviar, homemade ricotta, and red onion. The salmon is undeniably great on the pizza, plus the hot honey gives this pizza dish a unique, sweet taste!
Last for the Napoli Pizzas is the Hawaiian Pizza (Php 385) that comes with pomodoro, mozzarella, prosciutto, roasted fresh pineapple, bell pepper, and jalapeno. This creamy pizza is dominated by the exquisite aroma of the roasted pineapple and is packed with just the right punch of spice from the jalapeño.
If you think four pizza dishes are not enough, then do not worry because six pasta variants are coming your way – Spaghetti Vongole Olio, Jalapeño Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti Bolognese, Seafood Al Nero, Salted Egg Tagliatelle, and Three-Cheese Ravioli.
Spaghetti Vongole Olio (Php 285) is with fresh clams, tomato, olive oil, and garlic. This one is an oil based pasta, although it is far from being oily as it tastes really good with a hint of garlic.
Jalapeño Mac & Cheese (Php 285) is your hearty pasta made even more exciting with a kick of spice and heat. This one is a really good pasta variant of Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria as the sauce is creamy with a hint of spiciness from the jalapeño, and it is surely not dry.
If you are looking for some classics, then do not fret because Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria has their Spaghetti Bolognese (php 265) ready for you! It is the classic slow-cooked beef ragu that one would hands down enjoy.
Salted Egg Tagliatelle (Php 265) is a vigorous combination of salted egg and smoky bacon in creamy alfredo sauce. The creamy salted egg taste cannot be mistaken as well as the pinch of spiciness in its flavor which makes this one a dish you do not want to miss.
Last on our pasta list from Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria is the Three-Cheese Ravioli (Php 250). Homemade ricotta, parmesan and goat cheese in savory tomato sauce, this pasta is unquestionably tomato based with the goat cheese enhancing its taste, providing good, different textures in the mouth.
Ending this meal time, Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria has two desserts from their Dolci selection – Eton Mess and Crème Brûlée. The Eton Mess (Php 180) is a dessert strawberry lovers will absolutely fall in love with. With layers of fresh strawberries and cream, sandwiched between light and crispy meringue, we do not actually think strawberry lovers are the only ones who will go crazy over this one!
While for the Crème Brûlée (Php 180), this is the ultimate custard delight, sous-vide at 85 degrees celcius, filled with sweetness and goodness in every spoonful. With a soft and slightly crisp top, this dessert is the perfect way in ending this lovely dining experience.
Now, after all those amazing dishes, you might be wondering who is Nonna. Well, with the aim to satisfy your curiosity, Nonna is an Italian word for grandmother and what are grandmothers usually known for? A cute, aged woman that can cook up mouthwatering, lip-smacking dishes that would make you thankful for life.
With that, another trivia about Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria is that it is actually a sister restaurant of Mama Lou’s Italian Kitchen. The difference is that Nonna’s Pasta & Pizzeria is the contemporary and hip version of Mama Lou’s, offering a more laid back feel for the cool, chill you.
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