Going Italian at La Buona Forchetta da Paolo
A lot of people love Italian cuisine. Pizza and pasta are very popular among Filipinos. I checked out TripAdvisor and one of the top ten restaurants in Cebu is an Italian place in Lahug. After reading the reviews, I decided to check the place out. La Buona Forchetta Da Paolo is restaurant located at 139 Acacia Street in Lahug. Translated to English, La Bouna Forchetta means The Good Fork. I actually accidentally found this place when I was checking a subdivision developer who happened to have an office in the nearby building. At the outside, I was not expecting too much but once I got inside it was way different. The furniture looks great and it feels really homey and intimate. I was pretty sure that I will have one heck of a lunch.
It was only me and a friend that went there on that Saturday morning. We were quite early as we arrived at La Buona Forchetta da Paolo a quarter past eleven. When I checked the menu, I noticed that it was really an authentic Italian restaurant as each entree is listed in their Italian name. Good thing they put an English description of each dish. We asked for a recommendation from the waitress on what pizza should we order. As recommended, we ordered Salsiccia e Funghi and Tiramisu. The Salsiccia e Funghi is a pizza topped with Italian sausage and mushrooms.
It was a delicious pizza and my companion was happy eating her slice. We were able to finish the whole pizza as we did not order anything else. I was really full afterwards because the pizza was more than enough for 2 people.
While we were busy devouring the delicious pizza, the owner passed by and asked if we wanted some chili oil for our pizza. I said yes because I really like my pizza with a bit of a kick. They gave this cup of sliced chili soaked in olive oil. The pizza really tasted better with the extra ump.
The Tiramisu with gelato was a joy to the mouth. It is one of my favorite desserts ever. The sweetness level is just enough for me. It was a great treat to cap a belly-busting meal.
If you are the type of person who craves for authentic Italian cuisine then this is the perfect place for you. It is in the heart of Cebu City yet not in a mall. The food is as Italian as it can be and the owner is really hands on. The price is well worth it as La Buona Forchetta da Paolo has great ambiance which is perfect for dates, serious meetings, or intimate dinners with friends and family. Do check this place out and see why it is rated No.8 among the 410 restaurants in Cebu City based on TripAdvisor. (As of May 2, 2017, La Buona is now ranked 26th out of 620 restaurants in Cebu)