Italianni’s lunch sets launched

Italianni’s lunch sets were just recently launched. So it seems the economic crunch is affecting everyone. Even high-end restaurants such as Italianni’s have scaled down as their customers are tightening belts too.


To meet the challenges of the current economic situation, Italianni’s has come up with “SMALL  PRICE FOR A BIG LUNCH” promo that will run until May 31, 2009.

In cooperation with M2.0 Communications, the Italian-American restaurant held a sumptuous feast for bloggers to sample the newest menu offering. Head Chef Sonny Ong gave a brief intro for each BIG LUNCH offering.

Dinner began with a serving of Italianni’s delectable starters – Fried Calamari with marinara sauce, my favorite Sicilian Chicken Salad and a platter of battered fish fillets, shrimps and zuchinni.

Italliani's lunch sets appetizers calamari sicilian salad

The five featured entrees were served one after the other. It was a glorious feast for the eyes, nose and the palate.  

These two below were my favorites. TOP: Costina Brasatta (braised ribs) were off-the-bone tender. Chef Sonny says these braised in tomatoes, herbs and Marsala wine over low heat for 3 hours! BOTTOM: Pesci in Vino Bianco (fish fillet in white wine) is locally-farmed dory fillet which was wrapped with paper while cooking to keep the fish moist and tender. It was very flavorful and done just right.

Italianni's lunch sets pasta

The other entrees are, from top to bottom: Pollo con Rucola (chicken with arugula) – Herb roasted quarter chicken, topped with arugula and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette ( a bit overdone and salty); Manzo di Arrosto (roasted ribeye) – Slow roasted imported ribeye with creamy mushroom gravy (perfectly done! I just had a small bite, because I’m not supposed to eat beef, hehe); Spredo del Pollo e Dei Pesci (fish and chicken skewers) – pesto marinated chicken and spice rubbed dory skewers (grilled just right – meats were not dry).

Italianni's lunch sets pasta chicken fish ribeye

All BIG LUNCH entrees are served with spaghetti aglio e olio and grilled vegetables. Prices range from Php295 to Php350. Considering that the servings are quite hefty, it’s a reasonable price to pay.

My favorite part of any meal is dessert, of course! Italianni’s served us the most heavenly desserts. But because I am partial to baked cheescakes, the New York Cheesecake (upper left in the photo below) was my favorite.

Italianni's lunch sets desserts

Clockwise: Panna Cotta; Tartufo; Tiramisu; New York Cheesecake to die for.

Italliani’s lunch sets are offered at all Italianni’s branches from Mondays to Fridays, 11 AM to 3 PM. For more information and store locations, visit the website at (Be warned though that some pages of the website don’t seem up-to-date.)

13 thoughts on “Italianni’s lunch sets launched

  1. Hi Ibyang! They are probably just testing how the market will respond to it. Maybe if sales pick up, they will extend the promo? Shall wait and see. 🙂

  2. Hi Annamanila! Tara? There’s one at Gateway and at Trinoma… You should try my two favorites among the five. 😉

    Miss you too!

  3. I just had dinner but your post made me hungry again. 🙂 My family and I love Italianni’s. Thanks for sharing about their latest promo. It’s a great deal that I’d like to take advantage of.
    I really miss their Crab Cake. It’s sad they removed it from their menu.
    I love their New York Cheesecake too. Yummy!

  4. wow this is so mouth watering.. yummy. I find the other post about the japanese restaurant also very yummy :O) take me there when we see each other!!

  5. Hi Haze! Go get lunch at Italianni’s one of these days. You have the greatest excuse to eat anything you want 😀

    Thanks for the visit. Happy Friday!

What do you think of this blog post? Leave a comment here!