Nestled in the newest business enclave in the Ortigas, the Rockwell Business Center (RBC), is this Italian restaurant which we were recently invited to. This was my first time to visit RBC and was actually pleasantly surprised at its mixed-use ambience. Many restaurants dotted the surroundings of the business center which seemed vibrant and teeming with office people way into the evening.
This is where Buon Giorno found its second home (the first one being in Tagaytay). Host of the bloggers for the evening was Buon Giorno's proprietor, Mark Floro, who regaled us with stories about the beginnings of Buon Giorno and how its many dishes were concocted by his wife, Linda.
Before it found its place in RBC, Buon Giorno was located at Liberty Center along Shaw Boulevard (so if any of you are wondering where they have relocated, read on).
Buon Giorno's decor is typically European and very warm.Tiffany lamps lend a very romantic mood while lighting up the place, with strategically located pin lights adding brightness to the place.
In typical Italian fashion, the walls were artistically painted depicting country scenes and open fields to give that homey feel to all diners.
I also took a peek at the kitchen which was in full view of the diners. To me this was testament to the owners' full confidence that they were preparing meals that were fresh and hot out of their ovens and the surroundings were sanitary.
Food was flowing that evening and I am afraid I did not get to try everything but let me give you an idea of the ones I did.
|Zuppa di Zucca Arrosto, Php 140|
|Quattro Formaggi, Php 356|
(A mixture of four cheeses: mozzarella, fontina, parmesan and gorgonola)
|Beef Wagyu with Shitake Mushroom Gravy|
|Buon Giorno's Special, P218 per serving|
(The very best salad ingredients with a special house dressing)
|Pollo E Funghi, Php 302|
(A risotto dish with chicken strips and mushrooms)
|Pescatore Alla Puttanesca, Php 308|
(An assortment of seafood on spicy and peppery tomato sauce)
|Canneloni Spinaci, Php 294|
(Chicken & mortadella ham rolled in sheets of spinach pasta smothered with tomato sauce and cheese)
|San Prieto Con Basilico John Dory, Php 470|
(Dory fillet with creamy sauce and spinach)
|Creamy dory with the sauce on it (from Buon Giorno stock photo)|
|Molten Chocolate Cake, Php 168|
(Moist cake with molten chocolate and served with vanilla ice cream)
|Dalandan Shake, Php 120|
There was nothing I ate that I did NOT like. Everything I tried that evening was really deliziosa but I have my favorites for the night -- the Buon Giorno Special, the Canneloni Spinaci, and the Creamy Dory.
And what was Mark's recommendation next time we return? He says to try the Bruschetta. Me? I missed out on their gelato (ice cream) which was not available that night, so I am going back to try it.
Buon Giorno! Caffe & Bistro
G/F West Tower
Rockwell Business Center, Ortigas Ave.
Tel. No. 710-3515