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CHECK IT OUT: Aria Cucina Italia at Bonifacio Global City
Boracay’s famed Italian restaurant opens in Manila.

by Published on: Feb 20, 2012 - 6:43am

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Aria Cucina Italiana
East Superblock, 30th Street, corner 7th Street
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Tel. No. 623-0119
Open 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily

Modern Italian fare at Aria. Click for more.

 

(SPOT.ph) Four walls, yes, but there's that feeling of infinite lightness. Inside, a palette of taupe chairs, white walls, and off-white accents fill up the space, and a curious wooden web divides the dining area, creating an intimate but open atmosphere. Indeed, when Aria Cucina Italiana opened in Manila in January, it was like a piece of Boracay landed in the city.

 

As one of the most popular dining spots in the country's top beach destination, Aria did not mess with its primary selling point-a combination of good food and terrific ambience. Restaurateurs Juan Elizalde and Paolo Occhionero retained the original Boracay menu with a few additions specially crafted by Aria Cucina Italiana-Manila's chef Marino Leonardis. Leonardis hails from Leguria, Italy, ensuring that he serves straight-up, authentic Italian fare. "I always make sure to use only the best ingredients, always fresh," he says. "Plus, I make everything by hand, from scratch. Even the pesto is made the original way-with a mortar and pestle."

 

For starters, go with either the Rotolino marchigiano (P390), a wood-fire, oven-baked pizza generously stuffed with tomato sauce, mushroom or ham, and mozzarella, or the Gran misto aria (P435), a vegetarian plate of tomatoes and mozzarella, grilled bell pepper salad, eggplant mash, and deep-fried zucchini. If you're eating healthy, opt for the Insalata tartufata con parma ham (P480)-that's a grilled eggplant, lettuce, tomatoes, ham, and cheese salad.

 

Complete your Italian meal with pizza and pasta: you can’t go wrong with classics like the al dente Marinara (P450) and sample Pizza al metro (P1,300), a hefty combination of three pizza flavors. Sample more flavors with the Risotto con porcino, mantecato al mascarpone (P620), a creamy concoction of porcini mushrooms with with mascarpone and parmesan cheese. Another must-try, as Aria patrons attest to, is the Salmone al pepe verde (P650), a gorgeous dish of fresh salmon fillet served with a creamy green pepper sauce.

 

Photos by Sasha Lim Uy

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