Rio Bella Pizzaria In Bacolod

 

Rio Bella Pizzaria

Rio Bella Pizzaria

Located on Lacson Extension, near Alijis Road, is Rio Bella Pizzaria & Bar. Rio Bella has quickly become our favorite pizza restaurant in Bacolod City. My wife, son and I really enjoy the pizza made at Rio Bella. I judge a pizza by its crust and it does not matter to me what the toppings are, if the crust is not very good, the pizza is a failure. We dined and ordered pizza at Rio Bella Pizzaria at least a half dozen times and every pizza has been a smashing success! There are 17 different pizzas to choose from on the menu and our favorite is the pepperoni pizza. Basically because it is our son’s favorite!

XL Pepperoni Pizza

XL Pepperoni Pizza

Our good friend, Randy, is helping us eat this massive XL pizza! No, we could not finish it, so we had a lot of pizza to take home with us, to enjoy again. Which we did!

Rosti

Rosti

Rio Bella Pizzaria has a number of Swiss dishes on their menu. We ordered rosti and we really enjoyed it. Rosti is coarsely grated potatoes which are mostly fried but they can be baked in an oven. Rosti is more like the Southern Style homemade hash brown potatoes that I grew up eating. Rosti is nothing like the hash browns one orders at Jollebee or McDonald. I refer to rosti as “scattered hash browns” and not one large lump of commercial cookie cutter potatoes. I will add that the rosti on the platter is only half the amount that came with the order, as we could not wait to dig in!

The menu at Rio Bella Pizzaria is in English and German. There are also several Filipino dishes on the menu. Schnitzel (a breaded cutlet meat dish) and wurst (sausages) are a few more available Swiss dishes among several others. My wife has ordered the popular Filipino dish, Pancit Bihon, several times and she rates it as “Excellent.”

Decor

Decor

The decor is nice in Rio Bella Pizzaria and it gives off an Old World or European atmosphere in the Bacolod Area.

Every time we have dined at Rio Bella Pizzaria, there have always been other expats there at different times of the day, Noon, later afternoon and evening. This is usually a good indicator to me that the food is good but I know that already!

Other dishes on the menu, which many expats enjoy, are chili con carne, Cordon Bleu, fish & chips, and Caesar Salad, among a host of others. If you enjoy beer with your pizza or other dishes, the beer is always ice cold! The wait staff are very friendly and the service is very good. The owner is also very friendly and she has chatted with us before at our table.

Rio Bella is a newer addition to the dining scene in Bacolod and we really enjoy it. We look forward to our next pizza at Rio Bella. The bar is separate from the restaurant, so taking one’s children and family to enjoy pizza and Swiss food won’t be a problem. It is a family atmosphere. You will also most likely see other expats there, so maybe you will meet some new friends?

 

 

Chicken Charlie

The long wait for the opening of Chicken Charlie in SM Mall Bacolod is over! Chicken Charlie opened in October in the north wing of SM, in the old Bigby’s location.

October 25 was my birthday and we had an evening BBQ planned at our home with invited guests, so for brunch, we turned to Chicken Charlie since we had to buy a few last minute items at SM before my birthday party.

Never heard of Chicken Charlie? Bacolod City has one of the newest branches, which are also in Quezon City, Manila, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and in Cebu.

The specialty of Chicken Charlie is chicken, using the double frying technique. They have a signature soy garlic sauce and hot sweet sauce, of your choice. Drumsticks and wings are the two available choices. Chicken Charlie also has fish strips and chips. Among the side dishes include Charlie’s Greens, which is an Asian style salad, fries, potato wedges, pickled relish and my favorite, Cheesestick Dynamite.

Cheesestick Dynamite!

Green chili peppers with cheese, battered and deep fried. We called them “Poppers” in Florida, my home State in America. Yes, I had these for brunch on my Birthday. First meal of the day. I’ve been known to eat chili con carne with lots of hot sauce and Buffalo Wings for breakfast! The Cheesestick Dynamite are not overpowering but they are a little spicy.

Fish Strips and Chips

I know chicken is the specialty at Chicken Charlie but I went with the fish strips and chips for my Birthday Brunch. In the near future, I will post about the chicken at Chicken Charlie!

Chicken Charlie is a fast food restaurant but nothing is cooked in advance. The short wait is well worth it since your order is cooked fresh as you order it. No prefab grabbing some chicken to put in your meal basket, which was cooked an hour ago and has not sold yet! Your order is prepared as you order it at the counter, which is the best way. You know your food is fresh!

The next time you are in SM and want to try some good food, give Chicken Charlie a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed!