Lunch date at Buon Giorno Ortigas
Saturday, 16 April 2011

FoodBlog.ph lives once more! 🙂 I’ll be honest… I’ve been shying away from reviewing restaurants and blogging about food intentionally for the past few months. I was training for my first-ever 42.2km road race last March 20, and too much scrumptious food could pose a problem to my marathoner’s diet and training. The marathon’s done now, and though I’m about to embark on a new but less intensive running challenge, I’m already comfortable being around lots of food! I already developed the habit of eating healthy and in proper moderation, so I think I can now trust myself to talk about food once more 🙂

Buon Giorno Ortigas

As I’ve already mentioned in my previous post, I just can’t say no to Italian food! Besides, healthy pasta had been a consistent part of my diet (specially during carbo-loading weeks) so it’s really not something that could raise my nutritionist’s eyebrows. When I received an invite to the opening of Boun Giorno in Ortigas, I just had to be there!

This wasn’t the first time I’ve had a taste of Buon Giorno’s cuisine — I’ve already tried the food from their branch in Tagaytay. I could recall how much I enjoyed my lunch there, and that’s quite something as the first time is usually a make or break for me: either I like the food enough to want to go back, or I’d loathe it so much I’d swear never to see the place again. I liked Boun Giorno — I liked it enough to go back not only once, but twice.

The owner of Boun Giorno introduced us to their restaurant a few weeks ago, and treated us to a delicious dinner preview of their menu. The pizzas, the salads, pasta, rissoto, beef and mushroom soup were absolutely delightful, but the photos I took were absolutely horrendous — they just couldn’t do the food justice. It was a fun evening (I even met a few blogger friends I haven’t seen in a while due to the schedule of my marathon training), but I guess I wasn’t able to concentrate that well on taking good photos and really pay attention to the food.

My husband Marc and I thought it best to go back and have one of our weekend lunch dates in Buon Giorno Ortigas. To be honest, we wanted the real dinning experience to blog about. Our gracious host treated us and a number of other food and event bloggers to a buffet-style preview of their menu. Though I think it’s effective for a big number of people, it didn’t have one thing I also enjoyed when I dined in Buon Giorno Tagaytay: the artistic presentation of the food. And that, I believe, is something you deserve to preview in this blog. 🙂

Like usual in Italian restaurants, we started our meal with a basket of bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Their bread is just how I like my bread: soft and chewy, but encased in a crunchy crust that breaks easily when torn.

Baked Bread

Marc, being an avid fan of all things bruschetta, insisted we order one even though I thought it wasn’t necessary since we had the bread already. I’m glad I let him have his way — Buon Giorno’s Bruschetta (Php180) was simply divine. The topping, which is usually served already on the bread, is on the side to maintain the crunchiness of the bread toasted just right. Now, the topping itself isn’t your usual bruschetta topping. It was a flavorful concoction of herbs and spices, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, and cheese. It definitely had more flavor than the typical simple taste of basil and tomatoes.

Bruschetta

I don’t eat meat that often anymore, so for our pasta I picked the Pescatore Alla Puttanesca (Php308). The pasta was cooked al dente, mixed in rich and peppery tomato sauce combined with a generous helping of assorted seafood. The saltiness of the seafood perfectly complimented the tangy taste of tomato sauce.

Pescatore Alla Puttanesca

For our pizza, Marc didn’t want to be too adventurous and settled for Pizza Al Margherita (Php265). Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil — simple, but delicious. Each pizza slice overflowed with a hefty serving of mozzarella cheese and the subtle flavor of basil. Every bite had a crunch of a perfectly-baked crust and the juiciness of the fresh tomatoes. I loved it! 🙂

Pizza Al Margherita

We were so full we didn’t have dessert anymore. Besides, I wasn’t in the habit of eating too much sweets lately anyway. For our drinks, Marc had a huge serving of Iced Tea (Php90). I only had water (another habit I picked up during marathon training), but he said the Iced Tea he had wasn’t something he’d call “unique,” but it was a good big serving and flavored with the right amount of sugar just the way he liked his iced tea.

Iced Tea

This is the third time I’ve tried Buon Giorno, and I have a feeling there’s going to be more. I’m glad I don’t need to travel all the way to Tagaytay to have a taste of this delightful Italian cuisine. Because for sure, my husband and I will have more lunch dates there to come 🙂

Buon Giorno is located at Tower I, West Rockwell Business Center in Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. They’re open from 7:30am – 11pm, Mondays to Sundays. Credits cards are accepted. For inquiries, you can call them at 671-9092 (phone) or 0918-313-2901 (mobile).

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