They say that you shouldn’t order anything you can’t pronounce, but that should not be the case with Il Ponticello. For 10 years now, this Italian restaurant has been serving authentically prepared traditional Italian cuisine, but now they’ve added some dishes with a modern twist. The Branzino Tartufato E Risotto Rosso or simply put — truffled wild seabass with beetroot risotto — is a recommended dish. The freshness and tenderness of the fish perfectly complements the flavor of the risotto. Best to hit this restaurant in the evening so you can enjoy listening to the live bands or the house DJs while savoring some good ol’ or new Italian dishes.
Il Ponticello – 2F Antel 2000 Building, 121 Valero Street (corner Rufino), Salcedo Village, Makati City; tel. nos. +632-8877168, +632-8874998; Open Mondays to Saturdays 12:00 – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. onwards.
(Published in Mabuhay Magazine, May 2009)