Before heading off to The Medical City for a checkup, we decided to have lunch at Benassi Ristorante, located in Ortigas. Admittedly, it’s really tough trying to find a good parking spot when you want to dine in an Ortigas restaurant, especially the ones that aren’t located in a mall – but I’m just glad we were able to pull through – I’ve been wanting to come to this particular restaurant for a while now.
Benassi is owned by an Italian-Filipino family who originally hailed from Massa, Tuscany. Their delicious, homemade Italian recipes have been passed down from one generation to the next.
Interior. Ambiance is really pleasant, gives more of a café vibe than an Italian restaurant.
Menu: Zuppa (Crema de zucca, crema de funghi, crema de mare, minestrone, cioppino), Antipasti (Insalata di mare, insalata caprese, insalata di granchio, salmone carpaccio, bresaola carpaccio, burrata caprese), Brick oven pizza (Prosciutto e rucola, frutti di mare, speck e mascarpone), Stromboli (Prosciutto e rucola, frutti di mare), Grilled Panini, Risotti (Risotto con funghi porcini, risotto al frutti di mare), Pasta (Carbonara, salmone, vongole, frutti di mare, frutti di mare aglio olio, aragosta, porcini e tartufo), Pasta fresca (Ravioli con spinaci, ravioli con aragosta), Piatto principale (Pollo con aglio olio, pollo alla cacciatore, angus corned beef, osso buco, wagyu bistecca, manzo con aglio olio), Dolci (Mascarpone cake).
Basket of fresh bread, a staple in most Italian restaurants I’ve been to.
Ravioli con Funghi Porcini, with ricotta cheese and porcini mushrooms. You can choose between three sauces for your ravioli: Pesto, butter sage sauce (as seen here) and pomorola. The ravioli tasted really fresh, but the butter sage sauce was slightly overpowering. Also, the serving was too small – I wanted more! Hehe.
Margherita Pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil. Hmmm… I know their menu has stated that this is brick-oven pizza, but it’s just so different to me. I prefer my brick-oven pizzas on the chewy side with a strong, smoky flavor, and this pizza doesn’t even have both of those qualities. Oh well.
Aglio Olio E Peperoncino with garlic, olive oil, parsley, and a hint of crushed chili peppers.
That wasn’t so bad! They could’ve served more of that homemade ravioli, though. The pasta was great, but I feel like they could improve their pizza a little bit more. Other than that, this was still a decent restaurant all in all.
Food: 4/5 (taste), 3/5 (presentation)
Benassi Ristorante is located at G/F The Exchange Regency, Exchange Rd cor Jade Dr Ugong, Pasig. Tel no: (02) 310-8566. Links: Facebook.