#FoodPH: iL Ponticello - Not Your Typical Italian Restaurant

When you heard of Italian food, what come's to your mind? A typical answer would be pizza or pasta. I am very honored to re-visit one of the best Italian Restaurants in Makati that goes in the name of iL Ponticello.

iL Ponticello means "The Bridge" which lets the customers bridge their hungry and longing appetites to full and satisfied gastronomic degustations once they tried authentic Southern Italian cooking. iL Ponticello's menu has been revamped since last year (2014) under a new management with a new culinary team headed by chef Panky Lopez.

We started our Italian food adventure by trying out Portobello Alla Griglia which is composed of succulent grilled portobello mushrooms paired with creamy fresh mozarella di bufala and a smoky ricotta cheese, drizzled with extra virgin olive and basil oils. I love the combination of mozarella and ricotta cheeses with mushroom, which make the dish more tasteful and flavorful.

Portobello Alla Griglia

Next on the list is their prime offering which is the Rotolo. It is a rolled pizza with Italian meats and cheeses from the famed Emilia-Romagna region. The Rotolo Originale is priced at 480 and actually good for sharing. Mortadella, Ricotta, Tomato Cream sauce laced with Pesto sounds and looks sinful and delectable. I just can't contain myself after having my first bite and I moaned with satisfaction. This one is TRULY a MUST TRY!

Rotolo Originale

Pizza Valdostana is chef Panky's signature recipe marrying North and South Italian flavors having Parma ham, Gorgonzola cream, Mozarella and Arugula on it. Adding the parma ham gives it more kick and with the aragula balancing the strong flavor coming from the meat. Pizza dough are band made, band stretched and band tossed. The dough is thin and crispy but still have a bite of chewy-ness on it.  

Pizza Valdostana

After having a bite of Rotolo Originale and Pizza Valdostana, I thought I am already sold with iL Ponticello's gourmet Italian cuisine. Wait until you try their Lasagna Carbonara! Two (2) of my favorite pasta dish in one. You should see my eyes glistening when I heard that they will be serving this dish. Lasagna Carbonara is composed of mozarella cream, Pancetta Tesa strips, Grana Padana cheese and whole egg yolk crown. This dish is cooked to PERFECTION! 

Lasagna Carbonara

I believe that a great meal should always be finished with a dessert. iL Ponticello serves their Cheesecake Caramel Panna Cotta. This delicately cooked cream with vanilla seeds is topped with silky cheesecake crumble and melt-in-your-mouth dulce de leche. I am ready to hit the sack after tasting this. Perfect to end the roller coaster ride of flavours.

Cheesecake Caramel Panna Cotta.

Italian food is not just about pizza and pasta. If you want to try authentic Italian dishes then you should check out iL Ponticello! iL Ponticello is located at 2nd floor, Antel Corporate Center, 121 Valero St. Near V.A. Rufino St. Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information about iL Ponticello, visit their Zomato page here.

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