When you clearly have limited choiches, it would not be difficult to pin point which has the best Italian cuisine in Boracay and Aria Restaurant definitely stands out from the lot. Touted as the one of the Top 5 Best Value Restaurants in Boracay, Aria Cucina Italiana Restaurant instantly becomes a hit among the tourists and even the locals. The place is in DMall, Station 2 is one of the major landmarks of White Beach. It is small, cramped yet appealing to everyone who passes by instantly gets drawn to the sign, ‘Cucina Italia Mediterranean.’ How touche! How foreign!
We skimmed their menu and found out that their prices are just right – between 100-500php. I see dishes from salads to pizzas – light, filling and flavorful. Aria Cucina prides on their handmade woof-fired oven. You won’t miss this landmark as it stands like a center piece in the kitchen.
We sat outside and realized that the spot is ideal for people watching! Ha. Tourists enjoying holidays to gran canaria to Boracay Islands, yes?
Must try –
Foccacia Bread, Aria Pizza, Aria’s Margherita P300+
The pizza is what I imagined Italian pizza to be like – crispy and chewy. Toppings of parma ham, tomatoes and mozarella are the perfect combo! Not too sweet like Filipino spaghetti. Maybe this is why my foreigner friends like Aria’s Italian Dining. Try the pizza with Aria’s spicy olive oil. Superbe Italian dining!!
We ordered less yet talked more. We spent more time in Aria Italian Dining as usual because we wanted to give Jay his special birthday greeting – so what if its a week early?
Aria is a small authentic Italian restaurant located in the beachfront of D’Mall in Boracay. The astounding urban and island design usually draws visitors to come inside the restaurant to try several Italian dishes. Topping the list of restaurant favorites include the wood fire pizzas and breads. The woodfire oven located right in the center of Aria’s kitchen serves as the main attraction. Another must-try is the focaccia bread, considered the best in the whole island of Boracay. Their focaccia graces the wooden ovens in less than three minutes. One of the famous pizza that Aria has to offer deliciously combines Parma ham, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Aria’s classic margherita will definitely bring visitors back and asking for more. Visitors should also try other dishes on their menu list such as pastas, salads, antipasti and meats.
dining in boracay/ Jay’s birthday cake!
Aria Italian Restaurant
White Beach Manggayad Boracay Island
011 (+63) 36 288 5573
**photos by Kristine Roa and Jay Pascual unless otherwise stated. Reproduction without consent is not allowed.