The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…until you’ve had a dish or two from this joint!
Named after fictional character Rocky Balboa, the restaurant serves comfort American-Italian food in a fancy, country Italian home setting, embellished with dark blue walls and gold-framed paintings.
Good starters would be an order of Mozarella Cheese with Marinara Sauce and classic Potato Wedges, which are trinkled generously with bechamel, mozarella, parmigiano regiano and bits of pancetta for a meaty touch. Highly recommended for their handmade pasta, Balboa also serves a variety of pasta and sauces such as Shrimp and Sausage Spaghettini, Fresh Spinach Tagliatelle with Praws and Tomato Cream Sauce, Truffle Mushroom Linguine and other classic pasta dishes such as Lasagna, Aglio Olio and Baked Ziti.
If you’re coming in groups, try any of the Balboa’s pizzas, all in thin crust that can get pretty addicting. You can find your pizza regulars like Margherita and Four-Cheese, but the standout in the menu is the Pancetta, Apples, and Ricotta pizza, slices of Italian bacon and apple on top of a layer of cheese and crust.
If you’re more into risotto, try their Seafood Saffron Risotto or Porcini Risotto. If meat’s more of your thing, try their chicken, roasted to tender perfection and served with roasted garlic and mushrooms or their steak, dry-aged Angus rib-eye with your choice of side dish.
If you need to end your meal with dessert, try their Espresso Cheesecake, which has the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Article by Marian Benetua
Photos from Balboa PH