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Enjoy Classic Italian Dishes at Italianni’s | SM City Bacolod

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Needless to say, Filipinos have assimilated the Italian palate, which is made obvious in the many Italian restaurants around the country. Cafes also serve Italian dishes as local favorites. And of course, we have also made fusion dishes, like the pastas, inspired by the rich taste of this unique European country. It is no wonder that Bacolodnons are excited to welcome Italianni’s–a well-known Italian restaurant in Manila. Located at the north wing of SM City Bacolod (just across the atrium), this is going to be another crowd-drawer in this well-loved mall.

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Bacolod bloggers and influencers with Ms. May Castro, SM City Bacolod PR (middle).

Welcome to Bacolod, Italianni’s!

This popular restaurant chain opened its maiden branch in Greenbelt 27 years ago. Its appeal continues to endure, with many of my Bacolodnon friends saying that they visit Italianni’s whenever they go to Manila.

From the food to the service, it seems that they have captured the hearts of Filipino diners. The moment guests step into the doors of Italianni’s, they immediately feel a warm welcome from the staff’s standard Buon Giorno greeting. The sense of being appreciated continues as the guests dine.

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Fresh Italian breads dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This spread is a courtesy on every table at Italianni’s.

Complimentary Fresh Breads

It is standard service at Italianni’s to serve a complimentary basket of bread that could be dipped in olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. This simple is anticipated by many diners once they are seated. The freshly-baked Tuscan and focaccia breads serve as a commitment for a wonderful meal ahead.

Bestsellers

While you can say that everything is good at Italianni’s, there are diners who just keep coming back for the classic dishes. These are some of the bestsellers that you can prioritize if it is your first time to visit the restaurant.

Sicilian Salad

Made up of romaine, mangoes, red grapes, walnuts, and served with creamy anchovy dressing). Almost every table has an order of this healthy, tangy salad complete with vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

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Spinach and Artichoke Formaggio

This is a mainstay among those who love bread and cheese. It is a dip made of spinach, artichokes, mushrooms, cream cheese, and parmesan served with toasted garlic bread.

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My all-time favorite: Spinach and Artichoke Formaggio dip.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

This pasta dish has made Italianni’s famous. The large moist meatballs are smothered in a rich tomato sauce and served with spaghetti pasta cooked al dente.

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Chicken Italianni’s

A must-try, this main dish is savory, herby, flavorful, and with just the right hint of spice. It is pull-apart chicken cooked in white wine, Italian sausage, white onions, red bell pepper, rosemary, and potatoes. So tender!

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Salmon Oreganato

From the name itself, it is a salmon fillet grilled to perfection and served with rosemary potatoes and vegetables.

Grilled Pork Chop Au Poivre

Moist and tender pepper-crusted bone-in pork chops served with rosemary potatoes, carrots, crispy-fried spinach, and wild mushrooms in marsala wine sauce. It comes with steamed rice.

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The very rich cheesecake smothered in mango and blueberries by Italianni’s.

Crowd-Favorite Desserts

For a sweet ending to cap your meal, try these:

  • Blueberry Mango Cheesecake
  • Pane Budino
  • Tartufo
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Individual and Big Servings Available

Guests may order a la carte with individual servings or what they call the abbondanza platters that are meant to be shared, family style. Variety is the spice of life! Plus a wide variety of cocktails and beverages

Italianni’s has over 80 items on its menu, comprised of classics as well as its latest offerings.

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An abbondaza platter of spaghetti vongole.

So far, there are at least a dozen new dishes to try, from appetizers to main and desserts. These are:

  • Italian Sausage Stew
  • Eggplant Caponata
  • Beetroot Pecorino Salad
  • Zucchini Asiago Soup
  • Chicken Florentine Pizza
  • Seafood Pizza
  • Angel Hair With Clams and Garlic Butter
  • Spaghetti with Clams and Bacon
  • Red Pesto Rigatoni
  • Penne Ham and Peas
  • Pane Budino
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The Quattro Staggioni pizza.

The Bar

Meanwhile, the bar is stocked with a wide array of cocktails, wines, beer, liquors as well as refreshing non-alcoholic beverages.

You may want to hang out with friends here, as Italianni’s has an ongoing Happy Hour promotion at 30% off on all alcoholic drinks from as early as 2 pm to 7 pm daily. It’s a great way to unwind after a day’s work or during lazy weekends.

Indulge and have a feast to celebrate life with family and friends. Open daily from 10am to 10pm.

About the Bistro Group

Founded in 1994, The Bistro Group is one of the Philippines’ most progressive restaurant chains that popularized the casual dining concept with the entry of TGIFridays in the country over 25 years ago.

Its success led to the launch of other reputable, world-class brands such as Denny’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse, and Hard Rock Café among others. They also have Asian concepts like Watami, Modern Shanghai, Bulgogi Brothers, and Fish & Co.

Last May, The Bistro Group introduced LA’s iconic Randy’s Donuts, which was received enthusiastically by the local market. The company also owns and operates Bistronomia, a collection of boutique Spanish/Mediterranean restaurants, namely Las Flores, Rambla, Tomatito, BCN by Las Flores, and Rumba.

TBG Elite by The Bistro Group’s Executive Corporate Chef, Josh Boutwood, is also a part of the company. Its premier restaurants, driven by quality ingredients, seasonality, and unique cooking methods are Helm, The Test Kitchen, Savage, and Ember.

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Bacolod bloggers Dennis, Mea, Dhadha, Sunshine, Ed, and Mommy Sigrid with Mark of 2M Journey.
  • Some of The Bistro Group brands will also open in Bacolod City by next year at the Northill Parade.
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