I’m so happy that many people reviewing Aria has given it an above average review ranking. By far this the best restaurant in Boracay!
Let’s face it - the location gets all the tourists because it is smack right at the front of the left-most entrance of D’Mall and sits right along the walkway. At lunchtime it is completely packed inside and out. At dinnertime, it is even busier when they open the dining area on the other side of the walkway closer to the beach. So the best time to eat here is not during peak hours (12pm or 6pm).
On a hot day, the inside can really heat up as the slow-moving ceiling fans don’t really do any justice. Order a cold drink and that will take care of the heat. At times you can have a nice breeze passing through but you will also have a nice whiff of the smokers sitting alongside the outside tables.
So the service – Can be either fast or slow. If it’s new staff then they are completely clueless. I make it a point of following up with newbie staff every ten minutes during busy dining times. If I get the Bambi-in-headlights look after the first follow-up then I get the attention of the floor supervisor.
The food – Ahhhh the pizzas and pastas are delicious here! Hard to choose from but I have already picked out my favourites.
Margherita Pizza (P410) - My absolute favourite. They always make it just right. Could use a little more basil but at least the entire pizza is cooked well.
Aglio Olio (P360) - Order up this pasta dish and share with everyone at the table. It’s not drenched in olive oil and it might have a little heat from the pepper flakes.
Al Fume (P440) – Thick penne noodles with an equal amount of sauce, cheese, and bacon.
Gnocci Alla Sorrentina (P480) – My first time trying it! Little pieces of chewy potato chunks topped with a melted cheese. Delicious!
I hear a lot of people giving Aria a hard time about some of their dishes and service. I think people have to remember is that this is an Italian restaurant in an Asian tropical vacation spot. Most people are expecting the absolute perfect Italian experience and they are expecting the best service in the world because they are on vacation. Perhaps if expectations are kept a little lower then people won’t actually think they are eating in Italy.
Tip: Eat here before the peak hours or mid afternoon. Keep following up with your servers.
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