'Unli’ trend continues with eat-all-you-can pasta, pizza

Posted at 07/24/12 11:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinos can't seem to have enough of food served in “unlimited” portions.

After the much talked about eat-all-you-can promos of homegrown restaurants C2 Classic Cuisine (for crispy pata, or fried pork knuckles) and Max’s (for fried chicken) comes another offering by The Old Spaghetti House, this time for pasta and pizza.

For only P149, customers may eat as much pasta as they want, The Old Spaghetti House announced on its Facebook page.

An additional P50 would let customers enjoy “unlimited” servings of pizza in Hawaiian and pepperoni and cheese flavors.

A plate of pasta alfredo, a dish traditionally made with butter and cheese over noodles, contains about 500 calories, according to About.com’s Calorie Count. Spaghetti with pesto, which usually contains crushed garlic, basil, pine nuts olive oil and cheese, has fewer calories at around 250 per serving.

A slice of pepperoni pizza, meanwhile, has about 180 calories.

If these are consumed excessively, a person can easily exceed the United States’ Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily allowance for carbohydrates at 130 grams or 520 calories.

Despite this, customers of The Old Spaghetti House are still excited about the promo, which will start on Thursday, July 26, at its branch at UP-Ayala Land Technohub in Quezon City.

“Pupuntahan ko ‘yan!” said Facebook user Christine Marden Antolin.

“Pasta and pizza cravings… After exam humanda na!” said Jerika Fabio Castro.

Filipinos have long been fans of the eat-all-you-can concept, with buffets usually preferred over set menus in weddings and other special occasions.

Restaurants regularly serving “unlimited” fare, from oldtimers such as the Kamayan Group to newcomers such as Vikings at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, also continue to thrive in Manila.