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“In 1956, Gennaro and Carmela Sbarro left Naples to migrate to the United States and along with their three sons, Joseph, Mario and Anthony, they soon opened a salumeria, an Italian delicatessen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, that was an exceptional showcase of authentic and fresh Italian fare, from freshly made mozzarella and homemade sausages, to traditional Italian delicacies and desserts, all based on the Sbarro family recipes.”

That is how the story started for our well-loved Italian – inspired fast food restaurant.  My kids never gets tired of eating at Sbarro.  When we dine-out, whether at the SM Mall of Asia or Robinsons Ermita, they would choose from either Japanese or Italian!  We have a lot of Japanese restaurants to choose from but if we opted for something Italian, the choice would always be Sbarro! 🙂

We all love the Baked Ziti, White Pizza and Lemonade combination.   🙂

Here in the Philippines, Sbarro started in 1972, with Pampanga native Jaime “Jimmy” Salvador who joined the Sbarro business.  He worked alongside the original founders and their sons, living and breathing the family brand.  He worked in operations as a store manager, then ran the corporate commissary in Brooklyn, and eventually served as Sbarro’s first Area Manager.

Then, in 1989, after 17 years of living in New York and working with the Sbarro family, Jimmy returned to the Philippines — carrying the Sbarro brand with him.  Along with Ma. Teresa Rodriguez and her family, he opened the first Sbarro Philippines branch at the Annex in SM North Edsa in 1990 — the first Sbarro in all of Asia.  Years later, Sbarro Philippines expanded to the Visayas, thanks to a partnership with Gerardo Luzuriaga and Marcelino Florete, Jr.

As of today, Sbarro Philippines now has 27 branches and they will be opening four (4) more branches this year starting with  Davao –  their first in the region of Mindanao.  This was casually divulged by Mr. Fred Salvador, Sr. Vice-President for Operations of Supersalute Food Corporation (SFC), the Philippine Master Franchisee of Sbarro, Inc. – He is also the son of Mr. Jaime Salvador.

Last February 7 (Tuesday), Mr. Fred Salvador welcomed bloggers to their branch at Glorietta 5 Makati for the Sbarro Bloggers Party.  After a brief orientation, SFC’s Senior Officers and Managers led by Mr. Salvador personally served us a feast of their new offering called “Festa Italiana (Italian Feast)” which includes two 10″ pizzas, one whole spaghetti, one whole ziti, one salad and one 1.5 liter of Coke.

Mr. Salvador said that Festa Italiana is Sbarro’s latest offering for families and small group of friends who wants to experience a variety of Sbarro’s delicious menu in an easy to order, easy-on-the budget and fully satisfying meal.  Festa Italiana is enough to satisfy 4 really hungry customers.

Sbarro’s taking a lot of innovative steps to bring in customers right now.  Like three weeks ago, I’ve noticed that they’re already offering set meals for only 99.00 with the Prezzi Fantastici promo.  This is good because this will bring in more people to try and taste what Sbarro’s got to offer which is great tasting and quality food.

“It’s really unfair for people to just judge our food by just looking at the price on our menu without even tasting or finding out what we’ve put in every dish.  All our ingredients are fresh and high quality – we make our own food, we don’t get it from suppliers.” – Mr. Fred Salvador

You get value for your money.  I think that is what Mr. Salvador is saying.  And I agree 100%.

Here are a list of Sbarro’s menu (prices may change without prior notice):

After the wonderful dinner, Sbarro raffled out some Gift Certificates and an IPAD.  It was really an exciting and delightful night, filled with great food and wonderful company – which is what Sbarro is all about – making every dine-in experience a memorable one. 🙂  Here are the winners:

This is my second time to dine here at Sbarro Glorietta 5, it’s a very nice place to hang-out or even have your quick lunch or dinner meeting.  But if I have to select which Sbarro branch received the most visits from me and my family, I would rank Robinsons Place Ermita as first and SM Mall of Asia as 2nd. 🙂  Here are a list of their branches:

Metro Manila
  • Ali Mall1085 Phase II, Upper Ground Floor
    Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Ayala Avenue2nd Floor KPMG Building
    6787 Ayala Avenue, Makati City
    Mon- Fri: 7:00am-11:00pm
    Sat: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Cash & Carry Mall2nd Floor, Cash & Carry Mall
    Pres. Sergio Osmena Highway, Makati City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Eastwood Citibank Ground Floor, Citibank Square Bldg.
    No. 1 Eastwood Ave., Eastwood City Cyberpark
    Bagumbayan Q.C.
    Mon-Fri: 5:00am-4:00am
    Sat: 5:00am-10:00pm
    Sun: 10:00am-10:00pm
  • Festival Mall3rd Floor Festival Supermall
    Alabang, Muntinlupa City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Glorietta 5 3rd Floor Glorietta 5
    Ayala Center, Makati City
    (02) 501.3000, (02) 501.3008
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • GreenhillsGround Flr, Unit G-102
    Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Mall of Asia1st Level, Entertainment Mall,
    Central Business Park, Pasay City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Market! Market! 2nd Level Market! Market!
    Fort Bonifacio, Global City, Taguig
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Robinson’s Place Manila3rd Level, Padre Faura Wing
    Pedro Gil cor. Adriatico St., Ermita Manila
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City FairviewAX2 105-106 SM City Fairview
    Quirino Highway cor. Regalado Ave.
    Brgy. Greater Lagro D2, Quezon City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City Manila2nd Floor Unit 242 SM City Manila
    Concepcion cor. Arroceros & San Marcelino Sts.
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City North 1st Level, Main Bldg.
    North Ave., cor. EDSA, Quezon City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City San LazaroUpper Ground Floor, SM City San Lazaro
    Felix Huertas st., cor. A.H. Lacson Ext.
    Sta. Cruz, Manila
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM Megamall Ground Level Bldg. A
    Julia Vargas Ave., EDSA, Mandaluyong City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM SouthmallUG Floor, SM Southmall
    Alabang-Zapote Road, Las-Pinas City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sta. Lucia Grand MallGround Level, Phase III Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall,
    Marcos Highway cor. Felix Ave., Cainta, Rizal
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • TrinomaLevel 2 Trinoma Mall
    EDSA cor. North Ave., Quezon City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Virra MallStall 7, Great Eats Foodcourt
    Virra Mall Shopping Center
    Greenhills, San Juan City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Ayala Center Cebu2nd Level Ayala Center Cebu,
    Cebu Business Park, Archbishop Reyes Ave.
    Cebu City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Robinson’s Place CebuLower Ground Floor Robinson’s Place,
    Fuente Osmena Ave., Gen. Maxilom Ave.
    and F. Ramos St.
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Robinson’s Place IloiloLevel 1 Robinson’s Place Iloilo,
    Ledesma Street, Iloilo City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City CebuLower Ground Floor, SM City Cebu,
    North Reclamation Area, Mabolo, Cebu City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City ClarkGround Floor, SM City Clark
    M.A. Roxas Ave., Clark Special Economic Zone
    Angeles City
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City IloiloUpper Ground Floor, SM City Iloilo,
    Sen, Benigno Aquino Jr. Ave., Manduriao District
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM City PampangaAnnex 2, SM City Pampanga,
    Olongapo-Gapan Road, Barangay Lagundi
    Mexico, Pampanga
    10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • SM Masinag BranchUpper Ground Floor,
    SM Masinag
    Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo

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  1. I’ve eaten at Sbarro for quite a few times already, but I vow not to order a whole pasta and a slice of pizza when I eat by myself. I always get too stuffed.. XD I might order the Festa Italiana set when I’m with my family or friends though.

  2. Sbarro brings me back to my highschool days when we were still living in Quezon City. Madalas kami noon sa Sbarro branch sa SM Centerpoint. Mukhang sulit yung Festa Italiana ah.

  3. I can’t remember trying sbarro’s. But I love Italian pizza!!! Which reminds me of my travel to Italy.. Those huge pizza slices is enough for my meal and it is just their appetizer! Lol! But I don’t enjoy their pasta… Sensya na still caving for thAt sweet pinoy style.. Hehe.

  4. I’ve been in their restaurant I simply don’t like it very commercial. I’m not keen on Italian food. But When I moved abroad this 2 greedy Italian chef convince me to eat great and classic Italian cuisine.
    That’s good value for money. Perfect for family day out. Thanks for sharing your experience as well as your informative blog.

  5. I love eating an italian food,when i experience eating in Sbarro it remind me during the time when i stay in italy,hope they can make a branch in Batangas.. good luck sbarro.. more power.