Restaurant Review: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

It’s that time of the year when friends come knocking and asking for Christmas dinners. And in one of such dinners, I finally had the chance to try Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza. My friends ordered for everyone and here’s what we got.

Buratta (P295)
The Buratta is a fresh Italian cheese made of mozzarella and cream. The outer shell is solid mozzarella and looks a bit like plastic. Meanwhile, cutting though the outer shell would lead to a very soft and creamy core. It tasted mild and pleasant enough to me. Meanwhile, the bread that came with it had the consistency, texture and taste of their pizza crust. And because of that, I liked it.

Buratta Gino's Brick Oven Pizza

Buratta

 

Salted egg pasta (P190)
This cream-based pasta is made of fetuccine, bacon, parmesan and of course, salted egg. Although I don’t like cream-based pasta, I still had to try it since it seems like Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza’s signature dish. The overall taste is like carbonara con salted egg. Nothing too impressive if you ask me.

Salted egg pasta Gino's Brick Oven Pizza

Salted egg pasta

 

Smegg Pizza (P420)
This is a 12-inch thin-crust pizza topped with homemade sausage, mushroom, gouda, eggs and cream. It tastes alright even without the addition of condiments, although I didn’t like the egg factor very much. Meanwhile, the homemade sausage was very salty. So, after adding some Tabasco, we added some honey to cut through the saltiness. The contrast that resulted was good. The final experiment that we did was to put some of the buratta since the taste was mild. The final taste was still okay.

Smegg Pizza Gino's Brick Oven Pizza

Smegg Pizza

 

Verdict:
Although I have heard so many great things about Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza, I wasn’t too impressed with my experience. Or maybe all those rave reviews raised my expectations too much so I didn’t find Gino’s to be extra special. Still, the food is not bad and maybe it deserves another chance.

Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
3rd Level, The Podium
ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong

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Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

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