This restaurant, which is also a brainchild of the brilliant minds behind the successful Mama Lou's, was quite packed on a Sunday morning. Thankfully, we were early enough to secure a table for five.
Our orders were pretty much patterned after the raved about dishes of the reviews I've read and we went with Mushroom Chicharon (PHP160), Mozzarella Sticks (PHP180) and Grandma's Meatballs (PHP195) for appetizers, Spinach and Goat's Cheese (PHP365) and Prosciutto Arugula (PHP450) for pizza, Fettuccine Carbonara (PHP245), Nonna's Truffle (PHP295) and Salmon Caviar (PHP350) for pasta. For drinks, we went with a pitcher of Iced Tea (PHP150).
Service was fast as our pitcher of iced tea was served in 5 minutes and our appetizers soon followed.
I still remember all the capital letters and excessive use of vowels to describe this mushroom chicharon. And true enough, it was stellar. I love how Nonna's made mushrooms into this scrumptious addicting snack. The dark dipping sauce reminded me of the one used for crispy pata giving the dish more flavor and slight tanginess.
The Mozzarella Sticks were pretty good too. The golden brown breading was crunchy while the melted mozzarella paired with pomodoro sauce was divine!
Though I prefer the mozzarella to have a stronger taste, this dish is great for those who are not too fond of tangy dishes.
Grandma's Meatballs which had pomodoro, pesto and alfredo sauce was like a pasta dish without the pasta.
Great for those avoiding carbs but those sinful sauces are just so good that you'd want one order all to yourself.
Our pasta dishes were served next and I liked Fetuccine Carbonara best. It was creamy and absolutely flavorful. It didn't veer away from the classic carbonara which I prefer.
I was expecting to like the Nonna's Truffle Pasta more than the carbonara but it didn't have that pronounced truffle taste that I like. It was actually a bit blander than expected. Or maybe it was because I indulged in other dishes with stronger tastes prior to this one.
I wasn't able try the Salmon Caviar Pasta but based on how fast R's dad and uncle were able to finish their split portions, it must be good.
For the pizzas, we all liked the Prosciutto Arugula more than the Spinach with Goat's Cheese.
I might be a bit biased here as I am a fan of those thin slices of cured ham. I just love the contrast of flavors among the salty prosciotto, slightly bitter taste of arugula and the tangy taste of tomato sauce which are all balanced by the delightful crust.
R's dad was not too crazy with the Spinach with Goat's Cheese as he's not fond of goat and its byproducts. And this particular pizza has a very strong taste of goat's cheese. However, those who are not into pizza toppings might like this one.
Overall, it was a very pleasant lunch. Servers were very friendly and even assisted me in my flatlays and lifted a pizza slice for me. Nonna's is a place of good food and good vibes. I can't wait for my next visit and I do hope that they open a branch nearer home.
Nonna's is located at Ground Floor, Building G, Solenad 3, Nuvali, Don Jose, Santa Rosa, Laguna.