I saw tarps all over Trinoma advertising Bigoli – this newly opened Italian restaurant located at the cinema level. Since my Panget and I were not in the mood to roam around to look for restaurants – we gave it a go. Looking at the menu – it seemed promising because it was serving affordable Italian cuisine. I honestly was expecting this place to be somewhat like Sbarro or Amici – it seems like so because the ambiance was quite the same. It was, an Italian fast food – simply put.
Now, what do you expect to get from an Italian fast food? Honestly? Affordable and somewhat yummy pastas and pizzas. I won’t say the best – because since it’s a fast food – you can’t expect to have the ‘best’ ingredients served right? But still – we gave it a chance. My Panget ordered their Aglio Olio and a slice of the Meatlovers Pizza, while I got the Puttanesca pasta and a Cheese Overload Pizza.
When the Aglio Olio arrived – it looked as if it was made in record time. Fine, it’s a fast food alright but you know what I mean – it should at least look presentable! I think Jollibee and McDo’s spaghetti did a better job with the presentation. I took the first bite – my golly – the noodles were overcooked! I couldn’t even twist my fork properly to get some noodles because it was very durog! The taste was also bad – it tasted so bland! There was no flavoring at all despite having slices of garlic and olives! Plus, it was just warm – not hot! But just warm. Hmmm…
In fairness – the pizzas tasted good. I loved the cheese overload pizza! I think it was because they added flavor to the crust by mixing it with herbs.’
My Puttanesca pasta was also bad! The noodles were overcooked (I wasn’t surprised anymore) and I didn’t even get to taste the anchovies! (which the cashier said was the selling point of the Puttanesca)
It was such a bad dinner – but then again, it’s fast food – so I think I should have not expected too much.
In the end I told the Nelson, the manager my complaints – he said he’d look into it. I just hope he really looked into it.
One good thing about the resto – they serve unlimited garlic bread sticks – and they’re delish, especially if they came right from the oven!