Thursday, December 22, 2016

First bite at Peperoni

Place: The interior is cool, classy, and bright. The metal furnishings add a nice modern touch. The aisles and dining area are amply spacious. The only thing we didn't like was the music; it was too loud.

Food: The fare was generally delicious. There were some misses, but most dishes were hits.

For starters, we had the Soup of the Day (Php 160), which was a red soup made with chopped sausages and vegetables (carrots, celery, potatoes). It was hearty and meaty, and with the herbs, it tasted like good pizza in a bowl.

Then, we had some pasta. The first was the Funghi e Pollo (Php 410) that featured sauteed mushrooms and chicken over noodles with brown sauce. The noodles were fresh and cooked well. The brown sauce had a weird beef flavor. The mushrooms were a delight to eat, earthy and chewy. The chicken pieces were too salty. Our second pasta dish, the Lasagna (Phph 395), was perfect! It wasn't too oily, and had the right combination of beefy and creamy flavors. Yum!

As mains, we had the Pollo alla Parmigiana (Php 470) and the Fish and Chips (Php 395). The first featured a fried, breaded chicken cutlet that was topped with marinara sauce and cheese, served with salad. The chicken was well cooked and seasoned. The marinara sauce was not too sharp and was well complemented by the mild flavor of the cheese. Our second main dish featured two big slices of breaded creamy dory, served over a bed of fried, with salad, and a lemon-mayonnaise dip. The fish was fresh and moist. The dip had a good tangy taste. And those fries! Delicious!

Then, we ordered a Large (12 inches) pizza (Php 565), allowing us to have two flavors on one crust. The first pizza variant we had was the Bacon Miele that has bacon, honey, Gouda cheese, and oregano. It was a tad too sweet, but some chili flakes tempered that sweetness. The bacon was GOOD, smoky and tasty! Our second variant was the Prosciutto Crudo di Parma, which had parma ham and rocket lettuce. This one was delicious. The ingredients were simple but gave loads of flavor, from the saltiness of the ham to the fresh bitterness of the lettuce. Yummy!

For dessert, we had the Tiramisu (Php 275). It was authentic, made with the right ingredients, and good!

For drinks, we ordered the Iced Raspberry Tea (Php 80) that tasted like cough syrup.

Price: Considering taste and serving size, the food here is a little pricey.

Service: Our waiters were friendly and attentive. Waiting time for our food was acceptable.

Peperoni is at UP Town Center.

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