I’ve heard a lot of good things about Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza so we decided to give the place a visit after dropping by the Salcedo Weekend Market. What a coincidence, Gino’s is located in a building I used to work in though I couldn’t seem to recognize any trace of the the old place now. Changes, changes….
For a 2pm late lunch, Gino’s was still quite packed. They need a bigger space.
The interiors are simple, easy on the eye, and stay true to the brick oven theme.
The menu at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is relatively short, and as you can see in the board above, they only list the desserts. So I’ll mention what I tried as a meal ender because it was my first time to try this: the chocolate chicharon! (or pork rind dipped in choco). Not bad and definitely a must-try. I just wished there was more saltiness coming from the chicharon to add zing to the richness of the dip. And P.S. I hope this doesn’t become a food trend soon
Another first time for me was the Salted Egg Pasta and I loved its combination with the chopped bacon, cream and parmesan. I thought it was so delish and I wouldn’t mind ordering this again.
For the pizza, we had the Bianca Verde which was topped with native white cheese or kesong puti, ricotta and parmesan. The taste was rather mild. I regretted pouring the spicy honey on it as the waitress suggested because the pizza became sweet.
It’s the Filipino in me, I prefer my pizza to be crispy, if not thin. Gino’s does their pizza in the Neapolitan manner where the dough is soft and a bit soggy.We’re told that Gino’s is authentic and I guess I’ll have to go to Italy to appreciate this 😉
Oh well, I think I’ll have to try the other pizza varieties next time, specially the SMEGG that our server was talking about (it stands for Sausage, Mushroom, Eggs, Gouda & Cream… hey, the last one is a C!)
Here was the sausage, I had an extra order.
From the menu, I still have to try the burrata for next time. It’s great that Gino’s supports the local industry by sourcing the milk for their cheeses from the Philippine carabao Center.
My lunch date and I. Her happy face shows she enjoyed her happy meal (and no, it’s not McDonalds this time)
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
117 Tordesillas corner Tordesillas Sts.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
note: the original branch is in Katipunan