Mi piacciono tanto la pizza e la pasta! (I like pizza and pasta very much!)
When I was self-teaching myself with some Italian words, these were some of my favourite besides my perennial favourite word “attraversiamo” (which means “let’s cross over”.
Going back to pizza and pasta, through the years, my tastebuds and stomach have developed this special love for these foods. Hence, whenever I go for a food trip, I am always on the look-out for the best pizza and pasta and town.
(Thanks to Fiel for capturing this panoramic shot)
Enter GINO’s BRICK OVEN PIZZA . This Neapolitan-style Pizzeria in Makati, Philippines located on Bautista Street, one of the side-streets of Salcedo Village, near the corner of Tordesillas (this is where the Salcedo Market is). And so before I leave Makati for another work opportunity, two of my workmates and I went on to try this pizza and pasta place.
Upon entering the restaurant, I have noticed that the interior is simple with a comfortable vibe. Then came the menu… Going over it, I find the dishes straightforward – pizza and pasta, the very reason why we came. Here are the stuff they offer:
Mixed greens with balsamic dressing 150.00
House Salad with Burrata
Mixed greens with balsamic dressing 375.00
Greens, prosciutto, dalandan dressing 195.00
Summer Salad with Burrata
Greens, prosciutto, dalandan dressing 420.00
Cherry tomatoes, basil, burrata 335.00
Served with bread and olive oil 275.00
Classic Burrata with Cold Cuts
Ask the server for the available cold cuts for the day395.00
Burrata with Bolognese
Burrata, warm meat sauce, bread 415.00
Kesong Puti with Pastrami
Spaghetti, garlic, olive oil, parmigiano 170.00
Spaghetti, tomato, basil, garlic, Parmesan 190.00
Fettuccine, bacon, salted egg, cream, Parmesan 180.00
Fettuccine, cream, egg, bacon, parmigianao 180.00
Tagliatelle, bacon, homemade sausage, cream, Parmesan215.00
Stracci, pesto, cream, olive oil, arugula, pine nuts 175.00
Pappardelle, bolognese sauce, kesong puti, basil, Parmesan240.00
Tagliatelle, lengua, mushrooms, cream, Parmesan 230.00
Fettuccine, cream, mushroom, lemon, Parmesan 220.00
Tender slices of chicken breast stuffed with ground pork, served with aglio olio pasta 320.00
Tomato sauce, kesong puti, basil 280.00
Tomato sauce, kesong puti, cherry tomatoes, basil 340.00
Tomato sauce, kesong puti, cream, arugula 290.00
Tomato sauce, kesong puti, homemade sausage, red onion, basil 320.00
Tomato sauce, Mozzarella, Ricotta, Blue Cheese, Parmesan340.00
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, buffalo chicken, blue cheese 360.00
Tomato sauce, prosciutto, kesong puti, arugula 410.00
Tomato sauce, homemade sausage, cream, parmigiano reggiano 290.00
Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, ricotta, Parmesan, basil, arugula330.00
Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, basil350.00
Cream, mozzarella, garlic, mushroom, blue cheese 345.00
Honey, bacon, gouda 365.00
Pesto, mushroom, kesong puti, Parmesan, caramelized walnuts330.00
Olive oil, garlic, kesong puti, Parmesan, lemon, speck, arugula455.00
Homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, gouda cream 370.00
Balsamic onions, mozzarella, mushrooms, blue cheese 340.00
What We Had:
For the pasta, we tried Salted Egg Pasta (P180). I personally adore the taste of the fettucine – aldente and gooey.I am personally surprised that the bacon-salted egg combination works wonders to the palate! It is like a Filipino-version of carbonara but is creamier.The other pasta we tried is Bacon Sausage (P215). Just like the salted egg pasta, this too has a creamy consistency. What made this dish a stand out is the sausage which really tasted good.
For the pizza, we tried one of their best-sellers — SMEGG (P370). I love the fact that it is thin crust, with the right crisp and generous toppings. We also ordered Margherita Pizza, which is made up of tomato sauce, kesong puti, and basil. With just three ingredients, it is just so amazing to the taste as it really was flavourful!
And finally, we sampled one of their desserts – Chocolate Chicharon!!! Okay, I admit, I ordered it because I find it unusual and to satisfy my curiousity. When it arrived, it wasn’t really enticing to eat, but when I got to taste it, I find the weird combination working some wonders to my taste buds. The dark chocolate surpisingly tasted good with the chunk of crispy chicharon.
In general, I love the food at GINO’s. I am looking forward to trying out their other food offerings especially their burrata which most people have raved about.
GINO’S BRICK OVEN PIZZA MAKATI
Bautista near corner Tordersillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Mobile: +63 917 964-5339 (for reservations)
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm
***Special thank you to Alyssa for allowing me to use her phone to capture our food. hehehe.