That the pizzas of Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza are good is no surprise to those who are able to venture to Katipunan. But recently, diners have been trooping to a corner in Salcedo Village, where the second branch of the restaurant has opened earlier this month. It’s still in a soft opening phase, so service might be spotty. We didn’t have complaints in general, though, except for a fly in my juice (not the server’s fault, though).
Gino’s does away with unnecessary frills and instead focuses on crafting the dough and baking it in an industrial-era style oven. The red brick walls, the dim lighting and chalkboard menu all add to a homey, country-style approach, which makes consuming their pizzas all the more comforting. Service is friendly and relaxed; attentive but not intrusive.
In keeping with my meatless crusade for the period of Lent, I order Bianca Verde. The puffy char-pecked crust has a smoky flavor that complements the classic ingredients – the aromatic basil, and four kinds of carabao (water buffalo) cheese.
My sister, an avid carnivore, has the Bacon Gouda. I didn’t have a taste but she says it’s really good. I’m not sure I would eat the burnt crust, though.
Whatever pizza you order, make room for dessert. It would be a shame especially for any self-confessed Nutella fan to miss the Nutella Soup. It tastes like, well, Nutella. But that’s a
good great thing, right?
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
G/F Finman Ctr,
117 Tordesillas Street cor Bautista
(+63 917) 964-5339
2nd Level, K2 Building,
341 Katipunan Ave,