Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sbarro's Festa Italiana Meals: Best for Barkada Treats

Everyone’s favorite go-to place for huge New York style pizza Sbarro recently introduced their latest promo called Festa Italiana. Imagine having the chance to take the tab and treat all your friends? It’ll be easier for you to treat your friends while enjoying both their good company as you munch on delicious meals. 
Festa Italiana is basically a set of meals (spaghetti & ziti pasta, two salad courses, 1.5 liter of Coke and get this, two thin crusted pizzas of your choice), which is good for four persons for only P779! Pizza lovers and Sbarro fans can now delight in this amazing delicious treats without having to carry a hole in their pocket because it is truly budget-friendly. And it’s the first time Sbarro is making thin-crusted pizzas exclusively available only for this promo. I doubt if someone could finish the entire meal by himself. Sharing is highly recommended even for hearty eaters like me.
Sbarro’s welcoming service and cozy ambiance is something that they give so effortlessly. From the moment you step on their front door, you’re sure to hear their standard greeting and before you leave their stores, they never fail to say, “Thank you for coming!” I know it may not matter to some, but they do such greetings with a genuine smile. And unlike in other pizza joints where the smiles would quickly fade like shovels rusting in the rain, Sbarro’s were different.
When I had recently tried Festa Italiana with my family. I didn’t know I actually had an option to choose on what kind of pizza do I want. I thought given the fact that it was a set meal, there’s no way I’d be given my own preferences. But alas! I was surprised that although the said choices were limited to the regular or basic type of pizzas they offer such as supreme, mushroom, white cheese and cheese—at least, you can choose what you like.
What also sets Sbarro apart from the other pizza joints is that condiments such as garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar (vinaigrette), dried basil and oregano leaves are available apart from the usual chili flakes and hot sauce.  That means you could adjust your pastas and pizzas according to your taste—make it as flavorful as you want or put all the herbs you like.
Now let’s review the food…The Italian style tomato sauce may take some getting used to if you aren’t really a fan of the Italian cuisine. But I can assure you though that it balances off nicely with a sprinkling of roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and a dash of spices or herbs (whatever pleases you). Just a little tip though, if you’re dining with kids, make sure to ask the Sbarro staff to mix in the white and red sauce on the spaghetti. The tomatoes in the red sauce might not be the right acidity that typical Filipino kids (who generally likes sweet blended spaghetti, like the ones served in kiddie birthday parties) will enjoy so just to be sure, ask them to mix both the red and white sauce.

As with most food on the Sbarro’s menu, they hit home run with their Festa Italiana. I appreciated the quality of the pizza toppings and the distinct flavor of fresh mozzarella.  I knew from the second they placed the meals on our table that Festa Italiana was going to be good. And it was. The entire pie disappeared in less than 10 minutes. My advice? Order two different pies (they have a good variety to choose from), I’ve ordered supreme and white cheese (it’s Kyle’s favorite).

The manager says they don’t want people to come to Sbarro for the promos alone, but they want people to come and enjoy their dining experience. Every hour does sound appetizing at the restaurant since their pizzaiolo (read: the one who does the pizza from the scratch and bakes them) does fresh pizzas from dough from the time they open up to the last order they have for the day. All these and many more are reasons for me to come back to Sbarro. Next time, they can expect the whole relatives to be with me, Filipino style. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this blog post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 


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