The BFF and I met again for dinner today. We like to schedule a girls' night out at least once a month for some heart to heart talk and to unwind a little bit.
The BFF is very fond of Italian food, as you may have noticed if you regularly read this blog. Tonight, we dined at the newly opened Spaghetti Factory in Glorietta 5.
Spaghetti Factory offers a wide selection of pasta and pizza dishes. The place was full when we arrived. We were fortunate to get an al Fresco table overlooking Glorietta and Ascott as well as a small park below. It was a balmy night and very pleasant to dine outside.
The BFF and I are shared just two dishes in Spaghetti factory. If you order any pasta dish, you have a selection of the kind of pasta that you want to go with your order. A short description and picture are shown for each type, to help you choose.
We tried the Italian Sampler which consisted of two servings each of Tomato Bruschetta, Spicy Chicken Wings and Chicken and Mushroom Calzone. The sampler is very affordable at P149. The taste is nothing to rave about. Put quite simply, you get what you pay for. Nothing great, "lamang tiyan" (stomach filling) at best. The Calzone particularly wasn't very pleasant. The dough was fried (as opposed to traditionally baked) and despite being fried, the dough was still a bit chewy (raw?) inside. The filling was dry and tasteless.
Next, we shared Penne Boscaiola, a pasta dish with Shitake mushrooms and green peas in tomato sauce. Both the BFF and I were very excited about this dish, "Boscaiola" being new to our vocabulary :-) he he he. Boscaiola means that there is mushroom in the sauce, well, at least that's why good ol' Google says. There was hardly any mushrooms in the sauce and the peas were a bit under cooked. In fairness to Spaghetti Factory, the servings were quite generous, good enough to share by two women "pretending to cut down" on caloric intake. The Penne Boscaiola just doesn't have "craveable", the oomph and the "let's have that for dinner again next week" factor.
I'm not sure about their other dishes though. The place was packed when we arrived. I think some people actually may actually like the food. I like the outdoor area for al fresco dining though.
For after dinner drinks, we decided to walk to Gloria Jean's for some hot chocolate and tea.
Overall, it was a very fun evening filled with stories, funny jokes and a lovely walk around Makati's commercial district.