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(SPOT.ph) After providing gustatory satisfaction for 12 years, Italianni’s Herb Roast Chicken (P425-P595) is nothing short of a tradition. A favorite, a go-to, and for some, perhaps the only dish in Italianni’s they’ve ever tried. Why try something different, after all? Now, however, there’s good reason to. Interspersed with Italianni’s bestsellers is a fresh lineup of pizzas, pastas, steaks, and more: twenty-three new options where the worst that could happen is that you’ll actually like one (or 23).
Take it a step at a time. The Flaming Chicken (P450), one half spring chicken beautifully grilled and served with veggies, garlic rice, and Italian dip, is similar to your usual herbed version. In fact, most new offerings are derived from favorites like the Roast Pork Ribs (P425) and the novel Crispy Pork Ribs (P425); the popular Sicilian Chicken Salad (P425-P650) with the smorgasbord Four Seasons (P595-crisp romaine tossed with practically every fruit and seafood you can think of).
A bold order is the Pasta Al Nera (P395-P895), calamari, shrimp, clams, and mussels doused in deliciously briny black sauce. Definitely not a date dish, though. Perhaps a neater meal is the Broccoli and Asparagus Ravioli (P450), plush stuffed pockets made extra luscious with ricotta and white sauce. The pasta and cream are so light, it’s almost like biting into clouds. A more noticeable addition is the steak menu. Instead of the lone Beef Tenderloin (P995), there’s now Rib Eye (P1,495), T-Bone (P1,750), and New York Steak (P1,595).
We’re a little choosier with dessert, especially since the time-honored Panna Cotta (P295) has served us well. The Limon de Cielo (P225), a creamy custard coated in caramel and lime zest, is a sweet ending to your gastro-venture. It’s not as zingy as our taste buds imagined, but it packs a warm, nectarous punch.
In Italianni’s, it’s the familiar favorites that make you come, but it’s the promise of something new that keeps you coming back. So when it comes to new food, live a little. It’s not bungee jumping.
Note: Italianni’s also has a new running lunch set menu.
Photos courtesy of Italianni’s and by Sasha Lim Uy