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Reviewed August 25, 2022 via mobile

Some pretty harsh reviews here. I was invited by friends and the place is good. The food is fresh and tastey. The prices are good and the owner Paulo is a friendly guy doing his best. I am european and many visits too Italy done....Mainly in Italy for food.... The food retained its Italian flavors. No mixing Pinoy flavors of sugar and cheap oils. ... Give it a try I sayMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

Paolo has always been an amazing host and his Italian food is delicious, the service is always awesome. I've been coming for the last 10 years and will keep coming. Paolo and team, I love what you are doing :)

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 1, 2021

Since my previous review was removed and it was so lengthy and detailed that I am quite upset with Tripadvisor who allowed establishments like these to do it, I'll go straight to the point. They cheat at you: they say they have credit card machine...temporary not working, but it's a strategy to just get cash. Why? They don't give you an official receipt, but just a waiter's order silp. Genius!! Quality of food: indecent. Service and Staff: ask them the definition of service and quality for them and you will just see blank faces. No need to say anything else. The owner is often there, but he's like not being there. Just sitting, playing with the phone, not even greeting customers coming in or leaving; a great role model of a professional entrepreneur! If also this review is removed, then Tripadvisor will prove and show to be not an impartial tool for objective reviews of actual experiences.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

i enjoy the service here for their are so friendly and seems they know well the their guest they have good conversations seems they know so long. .but i was a good food .. we stayed near the restaurant.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 26, 2020 via mobile

Had planned visiting this restaurant during our Cebu trip. And must say wasnt disappointed. The mushroom pizza (Ai Funghi Freschi) was great overall although the mushroom lacked a bit of flavor. The corn soup was nice. The Penne Arrabiatta was superb, full of true flavor...and really one of the best we have had. Great place for vegeterians clearly. The Tiramisu was great too but unfortunately they didnt have coffee...reason quoted was that the coffee machine was busted. I am not sure if other arrangements couldve been made...afterall one would never miss having some nice coffee at an Italian restaurant. The service was prompt however somehow seemed very serious. The place the restaurant is situated is nice and quiet. But I must say the interiors can be kept simple and bright...somehow it looked too over the top. I liked the overall experience and its definitely worth the visit.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 9, 2019

I gave myself two different opportunities to try this place out and I personally believe its lost itself catering to the local taste buds. The authenticity of it being true Italian is definitely not in the taste of the food anymore. In face, I was...somewhat unwell both times the next day after a meal. Maybe I'm just unlucky, but I don't agree at all with the other reviews of this place being authentic Italian food. Its been modified to cater for local taste buds.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed August 14, 2019 via mobile

I am proudly Italian and I like trying Italian food in the world most remote corners... to see how my Paesani are transforming the local ingredients into our charming and tasteful recipes... Not a simple exercise I admit, because Italian food is not only the...sum of delightful ingredients, but they need a soul to become perfect spaghetti allo scoglio, lasagne, filetto al pepe, pizza Margherita, tiramisù, and hundreds more... At "La Buona Forchetta" I have found the ingredients and the soul, further to the excellent company of Paolo, a True Proud Italian living in Cebu for over 30 years... one word:CONGRATULATIONS PAOLO! I should write all this in Italian, but I choose English to spread my thoughts to the largest possible TripAdvisor community. Try spaghetti ai frutti di mare, they are a dream and really Italian!!! Complimenti Paolo you deserve them!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019

I read a lot of reviews of this restaurant and generally dismissed the reviews written by Filipino as they really don't know what Italian food should taste like. Even then, the restaurant had good reviews - so I decided to go there. It was a...Monday night and my partner and I were the only customers. We ordered the Fettuccini and the Scallopini with Truffle sauce and a side salad. The Fettuccini wasn't too bad. Nice flavour, but drowned in a flavourless cream - just some all-purpose cream bought from the local Sari store no doubt. The Scallopine was some indistinguishable, tasteless meat, saturated in olive oil with some black paste smeared on top. The salad comprised a leaf of Iceberg lettuce, three rings of onion and half a local tomato - completely pathetic - and to add insult to injury, the waitress presented me with a bottle of local vinegar - suka, claiming that it was Balsamic. I know Balsamic and that wasn't Balsamic. While we were there the owner came into the restaurant, completely ignored us and sat behind the counter looking at his cell phone. If you are looking for authentic Italian food - don't waste your time, money or effort going there. Definitely NOT recommended. EDIT: After posting the above review the owner PMed me and sarcastically suggested that he should have cooked me Kangaroo or Cocodile instead. Sadly, he would not be capable of preparing either dish. So not only is he a poor 'chef' but has a bad attitude as well.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed May 16, 2019 via mobile

was our 4th time now, and it was qlways beautiful. nice atmosphere, cery good authentic italian food, friendly staff. defenitly worth to go if you stay in cebu near by, and you are a lover of very good italian food

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 26, 2019

We had dinner in La Bouna restaurant last Friday! It is a little "way out" to find this place! The parking is a bit hectic as they share it w/ other (business shops, etc.) In the restaurant, decorated with lots of paintings, Italian style. The...ambience is really Italian, airy and pleasant! My family and friends had typical spaghetti, calzone, and salads, the food was very good(al dente spaghetti to perfection!). The portions are large, we were so full, that only one of us had dessert- Tiramiso, and coffees. We enjoyed our meals, we would be back again! Price is a bit high, but it is well worth it! Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 28, 2019

Slightly out of the way but easy to find via google maps or other app.Nice relaxing ambience inside. Quite expensive in comparison to traditional Filipino eateries - but portions are large & pizzas with nice thin crust as it should be. One downside - no...Frascati Italian wine available ! Will return in the future to try other dishes.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019 via mobile

we was here last year already and is still the same.....just phantastic. i am european.....not far from italy....... if you like to have authentic italian food in cebu in a beautiful atmosphare....thats the place to go. do not miss it, defenitly worth

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

This is a great little small run restaurant with really friendly service and good food. The restaurant in down a little alley and in the back of a large parking lot for some other business. However once you find it the place is decorated with...a kitschy Italian style. The food was good. We had an appetizer and split two entrees and enjoyed our meal. The price were a little high for Cebu but all in all it was a good place if you want something other than local food.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

already when you come in..... you like the atmosphere. no mass, only few table very personal service, the italian owner comes out of the kitchen to say hello. we was with 6 people, all tryed different, and everuthing was very good. at the end a...real cappucino and tiramisu for dessert. if you are in cebu go there to visit. i come back next year here during our short transfer nights in cebu cityMore

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Very good food and entertaining staff that have a very good sense of humor. This place is at the end of a dark street and a bit hidden but worth the trip. A very good place to go on the off weekday. The restaurant deserves...more patronage.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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