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Steps of Rome: Affordable Italian

Busy is an understatement for me this year but fortunately enough, summer is here & so is the chance to dine out again. Relaxed, stress-free & in the company of your favourite gay friend plus girlfriend.

Yet again, another new restaurant opens at Plazuela de Iloilo this month. Steps of Rome is the newest addition to the chain of restaurants that Pauline Goricetta-Banusing owns in Iloilo. A spin-off of Al Dente, Steps of Rome proves to be more laid-back & not to mention more affordable than the former. Affordable Italian at its best.

The items on the menu are more or less the same as Al Dente: salad, Chef’s Specials (Angus Beef, back ribs & salmon), appetizers (mozarella sticks, varieties of soup) & thin crust pizza — all within the price range of Php135 to Php950.

There are also new additions to the menu such as paninisgourmet burgers. One of my favourite things about SOR is the free hand at concocting your pasta. You may choose from a variety of pasta: spaghetti, linguini, spinach fettucine, angel hair, penne & whole wheat. The kind of sauce is your pick as well. All pasta come within the price range of a good Php125-175 only.

I ordered a penne pasta dish with Pasta Roma sauce — a concoction of clams, Tuscan cream sauce & pomodoro (Php145). I added a vanilla bean milkshake to my lunch queue.

Homa got a serving of Chicken Parmigiana — rolled chicken fillets stuffed with ham & cheese on top of pasta with butter & pomodoro (Php175).

Quayne on the other had made me order for him so I got him a lovely Parmesan Crusted Fish Fillet (Php210) which was so delectable with its mashed potato side dish. The fish’s crust was unbelieveably yummy! Better than Al Dente’s Fish Florentine I daresay.

Dessert followed: a Toblerone Cheesecake which sparked a heated debate on whether it was good or not.

The restaurant is relatively small with clean, classic interiors & was very conducive for an afternoon of loud discussions over Maria Ozawa, Skins & Sandara Park. Albeit the limited space which enabled all tables to hear our idiosyncratic conversations, we loved the food, price, service & interiors.

Visit Steps of Rome in Plazuela de Iloilo, beside Ponsyon.

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4 comments on “Steps of Rome: Affordable Italian

  1. Homa
    March 29, 2011

    Balik ta d soon. I wanna try the other dishes 🙂

  2. Quayn Pedroso
    May 6, 2011

    OMG Jillers! Subong lang ko open blog mo. Date ta liwat fuleash and i’ll ask you agayn to order for me. I love you! Mwah!

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