Review: Figaro introduces new Pasta Dishes-Aglio Olio and Piccanti Gamberetti!

Aglio Olio and Piccanti Gamberetti. A trip to Italy in Figaro Commonwealth after a long day at the Regional Secondary Schools Press Conference Awarding Ceremonies today held at Pasig Catholic College.
My students may not have earned a place in the top three slots to get to the nationals but at least my sportswriter won 6th place (Johnwyn Ace Fornal). So, Mrs. Roma Sanchez, school paper adviser of Novaliches HS, Jezia Talavera and Mark Brian Castillo joined me to try the new pasta dishes offered at Figaro Commonwealth today. Aglio Olio (P169) is Fresh Linguine Pasta in sauteed minced garlic, chili flakes and olive oil topped with parsely and parmesan cheese. The dish was said to have originated in the region of Abruzzo, Italy. I chose to eat this dish because I haven't seen this dish offered in many Italian restaurants as most of them serves the dish with other ingredients. You could really appreciate the olive oil in this pasta compared to other pasta dishes common to Pinoys. Some may find it strange in the Philippines as most Pinoys enjoy their pasta with meat and more ingredients but I chose this healthy garlic and oil pasta dish to balance my diet for the week. Olive oil is definitely my savior from binge eating these days. 
Ate Roma chose the Piccanti Gamberetti (P199)-Linguine Pasta with shrimp, garlic and olive oil added with chili flakes, garnished with fresh parsely and parmesan cheese. I also took some of hers to experience how pasta with garlic and oil tasted with shrimp. She enjoyed her pasta too that she forgot to offer some to my students. 
Jezia and Mark Brian had Pasta Arrabiatta (P169)-spaghetti in Arrabiatta sauce. Arrabbiata is a Roman sauce of garlic, tomatoes, and red chili cooked in olive oil. The dish is usually served with pasta and chopped fresh parsley sprinkled on top. Although they were used to Pinoy-sweet-style spaghetti sauce for pasta, the two kids enjoyed all the dishes like we did. 
We washed everything down with a pair of Hot Chocolate (P75/8oz) and Capuccino (P95/12oz). It was a pasta feast after traveling for almost two hours because of the heavy rains this afternoon. We imitated the Italians eating the pasta while the other tables watched and laughed at our gags. 
I saw new pizzas offered in Figaro but the Commonwealth branch ran out of pizza crust so we weren't able to try them. I can't wait to try their Spagnolo Sardine Pizza (P169) and Margherita Pizza (P169) next week. 

Did you know?
Studies have shown that olive oil offers protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels while raising HDL (the "good" cholesterol) levels.  No other naturally produced oil has as large an amount of monounsaturated as olive oil -mainly oleic acid.Olive oil is very well tolerated by the stomach. In fact, olive oil's protective function has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Olive oil activates the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more naturally than prescribed drugs. Consequently, it lowers the incidence of gallstone formation.

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