Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria

A good many people would rank among their comfort foods heaping bowls of mac & cheese, spaghetti with meatballs, or alternatively, large slices of pizza with all the fixings. This is exactly what Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria caters, combining tried and tested favorites with their special take on Italian cuisine. An sister restaurant of the famed Mama Lou’s establishment, Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria is a great choice for casual dining, a quiet night out, or simply seeking food for the soul.

 

On our visit to this restaurant’s branch in Robinson’s Galleria, it took us some time to pick out entrees from their extensive selections of pizzas and pastas. Their long pastas are available in three kinds of sauces: pomodoro (tomato based), olio (oil based), and alfredo (cream based). Other types of pasta such as ravioli, lasagna, and macaroni are also on the menu. Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria also offers popular pizza combinations such as pizza margherita, as well as one of a kind toppings such as kimchi, clams, and foie gras. We eventually decided on two simple pastas: creamy salmon ravioli, and Macheroni (pommodoro, basil, and ricotta).

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The creamy salmon ravioli was relatively mild in terms of flavor, despite its being cooked with anchovies and capers. What made this a real treat was the restaurant’s very own homemade pasta, which made the ravioli itself chewy without being soggy. On the other hand, the Macheroni was a bit too creamy for my tastes, but it’s somewhat balanced by the salmon and basil. The bread was passable in any case.

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Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria also offers a range of appetizers, soups, salads, and even desserts. This place is great to begin a night on the town, or for a quiet dinner with family and friends. We hope to be back some day to sample the pizzas and other selections in this up and coming restaurant.

 

Food Score: 4/5: If comfort food is what one seeks, Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria has got it. This is not the place for gastronomy or novel combinations, however. That being said, flavors here are on the mild side of the spectrum. The real treat though is their pasta, which is made fresh in the restaurant each day.

Ambiance Score: 4/5: Despite its being situated in a mall, this place is a cozy haven, with chairs and lighting perfect for casual dining. No fancy light tricks or old bistro vibes here; this is a family restaurant through and through.

Service Score: 4.5/5: The staff are very attentive and prompt, adding to the homey feel of the place. Dishes are served hot and on time, with a little flair from the pepper mill of course.

GERD Score: 4/5: The selection of their menu definitely provide plenty of options for the ones who want their traditional taste, and those with adventurous ones. This trait definitely makes up for any meals that might trigger heartburn and other concerns

Neurodivergent Score: 4/5: One great thing about Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria is the emphasis on fresh ingredients from the pasta, the pizza dough, and the sauces. The wide selection of dishes allows most sensitive diners to pick out something in accordance with their tastes and medical indications.

Team Glasses Score: 4/5: For comfort food, Nonna’s Pasta and Pizzeria certainly has quite a bit to bring to the table. We hope that you, our readers, will give this cozy place a try soon!

Nonna's Pasta & Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Dining at The Farm

The Farm

The wonderful thing about farm-to-table restaurants is their thrust to bring organic food back into the mainstream food choices. As UK’s Department for Environment Food & Rural Areas would define it:

“Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.”

And The Farm at Rockwell aims to do just that. In our many trips at the Power Plant Mall, we’ve been keeping tabs on when it’s going to open up for business. One of it was The Farm and now, finally got to give it a try.

The first thing we noticed is the rustic feel the restaurant exudes, making for comfortable casual dining in a western-inspired farm. For our dinner here, I picked the vegan mushroom sandwich and Kat had some spaghetti puttanesca. For something cool to wash it down, we went with pandan iced tea for me, and an “energy” smoothie for Kat.

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For the sandwich, I opted to have the sesame bun. I would say that the vegan mushroom was subtly flavored and moist, the microgreens were and good on my own sandwich scale. The sandwich is quite light and good for a snack. However, I have to say that I was underwhelmed by it. Perhaps grilling the buns would give it an added dimension to it, and I also found that the vegan mushroom filling was too malleable for my tastes.

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As for the pasta, it was cooked to an perfect al dente texture, and the sauce had just the right spice and tanginess from the capers, olives, and anchovies. It at least met the bar of what we expect from a good spaghetti puttanesca, which we appreciate very much.

Our drinks were superb. Kat’s energy smoothie, a concoction for various greens laced with chocolate chips, cleaned out the palate quite well. The pandan iced tea was the right level of sweetness that would be perfect on a warm summer day. These made the perfect complements to our simple dinner.

Food Score: 4/5. Snafu with the sandwich aside, The Farm does have some really good selections of meals and drinks for a great casual dining experience.
Ambiance / Service Score: 4/5. With its western ranch ambiance, the casual dining feel of the place shines through nicely. Safe to say, it’s perfect for a date or for a quiet meal with family on a sunday evening.
GERD Score: 4/5. Objectively, there’s only a few food options for those dealing with heartburn, if cheese or butter is a trigger point. But on the plus side, they’re conscientious with putting in spice warnings on food that’s on the hot side.
Epilepsy Score: 4/5. Hooray for healthy options, and all-natural bacon as offered on the menu. This restaurant prides itself on serving meals sans preservatives, with lots of greens and other healthy options
Team Glasses Score: 4/5. Overall, The Farm does well with it’s advocacy of farm-to-table dining, and we did enjoy having our dinner here. Another thing of note at the Farm is nitrate-free bacon. That particular product gives people with certain health conditions to finally have that crispy bacon in the morning without the worry.

 The Farm Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Gotti’s Ristorante

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Away from our usual haunts in Makati, we found ourselves in Megamall with dad and his business partner for a surprise dinner, and with a challenging budget of 300 per head, we decided to take a chance at Gotti’s Ristorante at the Atrium 4th floor.

The place reminds one of the different modern casual dining areas here in the metro, from sleek designs of solid red mixed with pictures of Italians, to the wooden chairs and cushioned leather seats, as well as the restaurant being lit and pleasant to the eye.

 

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Margherita Pizza

So for dinner, we shared a Margherita pizza. Aside from that, I had the Gambino Gamberi, Kat had the Salisbury Steak with rice, and then dad and his business partner had the Grilled Chicken Pesto and Creamy Basil Bacon pasta.

As we see it, one gets their money’s worth here in terms of volume. The pizza was more or less alright with its crisp thin crust sides, the cheese complements the tomato base and I would say, a guilt-free margherita.

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Creamy Basil Bacon Pasta

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Grilled Chicken Pesto

The grilled chicken pesto and creamy basil bacon pasta had well-cooked pasta for both. As for the taste however, I have to say that it’s a little uninspired and too overdone in either creaminess or the oily feel to the tongue. However, these are things that can be improved on in the future.

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Gambino Gamberi

With the Gambino, it’s quite filling and the stone-baked rice meal concept is actually quite interesting, especially in keeping our meal warm. At the same time, I’m quite a sucker for seafood and they cooked this one well enough.

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Salisbury Steak

The Salisbury steak on rice was served piping hot, with enough cheese on top to make the first bites delectable. However a little sauce coating the rest of the dish would not have been amiss. Nevertheless for a solo dish, this was a pretty tasty deal.

There was actually a lot of food left over from the two pastas that we took some home too. That said, if one wants to be full and hang out with friends at a budget, Gotti’s Ristorante is a good place to dine in.

Food Score: 3.5/5. The food here is a testament to the adage you get what you paid for, with decent taste suited for the Filipino palate and decent serving sizes, but there’s some room for improvement with some hits and some misses here and there.

Ambiance / Service Score: 4/5. Gotti’s ambiance is pleasing to the eye, from clean lines and welcoming appearance, it’s a treat to dine here every now and then. The servers were quite attentive as well, which is always welcome.

GERD Score: 3/5. One could say that each order of food is for sharing, so it can be a task for someone with heartburn to go at it alone. That said, there are thankfully some good options for selections, but again, for sharing.

Epilepsy Score: 4/5. This is a case again of not knowing what exactly goes in the seasonings and flavorings. Unlike some other establishments, diners don’t have as much control over any dietary limitations and modifications to menu items. However there are enough food selections to cater to the preferences and needs for most diners.

Team Glasses Score: 3.5/5. When one puts everything into consideration, Gotti’s Ristorante is a decent place to dine in on a budget, giving value for money with their serving sizes. The place is certainly great to bring some friends in for a casual dining experience. However, for people who have medical conditions such as ours, we believe they can do better.