Gino’s brick oven pizza is one of the restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. Its flagship at Katipunan from mine is quite distant and so I can’t manage to visit the place, but it’s just funny that my feet led me to their Makati branch, which is much farther from where I live to have my own Gino’s brick experience.
Gino’s brick oven pizza is a Neapolitan inspired pizzeria from Katipunan, owned by Jutes Templo, Bryan Tan, and Michael Cruz who were buddies way back their college life. If you happen to know Cello’s doughnut adjacent to Gino’s brick restaurant at Katipunan, Jute’s wife owns that which is named after her- Cello, and if you are wondering who Gino is, he is Jute’s and Cello’s 4 year old son. I say thank you to their staff who educated us about the hidden mickey in Gino’s and Cello’s.
The branch in Makati seems spacious enough for me since we were there at around 3pm, a good thing because if you happen to be there at around lunch, the place is normally jazzed up with their diners plus a line of customers waiting for their turn. Needless to say that it has become the darling of Salcedo Village. Upon stepping in, the “Gino’s brick oven pizza” logo stamped on their wall (from a distance), welcomed us. The interior, from the hanged framed photos, brick designed walls, and lights which are hanged down from the ceiling gave us a cozy atmosphere.
In our stay, we ordered their best sellers, SMEGG pizza, Salted Egg Pasta, and Nutella soup for our dessert. The SMEGG pizza was really great! A 12 inch thin crust topped with sausage, mushroom, Gouda, eggs, and cream. We were fooled because we thought that it is some kind of a light-weighted pizza but wait and behold, just after 2-3 slices I can’t afford to finish up our Salted Egg pasta. So if you are really raving for something to eat, and you happen to be right in the front door steps of Gino’s, then go grab their SMEGG pizza and their very own Gino’s sweet chili honey- a good partner in crime for their pizzas! I asked if they have any honey for sale but they don’t anymore. (I hope I can afford to sneak out just one but I can’t).
(SMEGG, Salted Egg Pasta, Gino’s spicy sweet honey)
(SMEGG Php 420.00)
(Salted Egg Pasta Php 190.00)
The Salted Egg was something new to our palate, never though that it is possible to have it served as a pasta. The pasta has the right creaminess and texture with a kick of salted egg on the side which makes it for me unforgettable. It is some kind of a Filipino version of carbonara.
(Nutella Soup Php 180.00)
Yes you heard it right, Nutella Soup (they even have chocolate chicharon as a dessert! I wonder how it tastes like). I am not an avid fan of Nutella, I can’t lick clean a Nutella jar because we don’t have one but a Nutella soup?! Surely I can. I like their bizarre approach to it. The bowl containing the Nutella is made of dough with nuts sprinkled on top. So it’s your choice how you will consume it, either tear a part of the dough, just enough for the soup not to spill then dip it in the soup (like what we did), or just have it the usual way.
Our Gino’s visit didn’t stop from the interior and food. We were able to talk to their crew and ask more about Gino’s brick oven pizza. We asked for their best dishes and they recommended, Buffalo Chicken, Bianca Verde, and Bacon Gouda. They also shared to us that they recently won Manila’s new Pizzeria! Well, they do deserve it, they make the best pizzas in town! After the spontaneous question and answer with them they invited us to their kitchen, and I tell you, the brick oven is real. They’ve got two customized brick oven, and it’s a privilege for us to have a look at it.
After the long wait I have finally tried this place, and I must say that Gino’s brick oven pizza deserves all the applause it’s been receiving from the food-lover folks. Everything is good, from the place, food, up to their approachable crew! So go and check out their place at Katipunan and Salcedo Makati.Message them and reserve a seat!
Address: Katipunan 2F 341 Katipunan Ave. Loyola Heights QC (above mercury drug), 1108 Quezon City
Address: Bautista, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila