Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is one of the local success stories, taking on all comers including big name foreign franchises. Started by Jutes and Cello Templo beside their donut shop Cello’s in Katipunan. Irene and I got to try it years ago but we’re rarely in the Katipunan area. They have gone on to open 3 more branches for a total of 4.
This was a visit months ago to their Salcedo Village, Makati branch which is much closer to us then. This branch has been supplanted by the more recent and bigger Podium branch.
This branch looks very cozy with the brick walls and comfy booths along the walls. The place is on the small side so be prepared to wait a bit.
We started out with an order of their Classic Burrata with Proscuitto (P415). It’s served with bread sticks and olive oil. Burrata is a fresh cheese made from mozzarella and cream, creamy and soft. The salty proscuitto plays the perfect foil for the light burrata. There are other burrata options like salads and even one with bolognese sauce.
We were eating with Lauren so she had to have something that was ok for her. She gravitated towards the Bacon and Gouda Pizza (P390) but she requested to change the gouda to mozzarella which the kitchen readily agreed to.
She was quite happy with her generously bacon topped pizza, finished half of it.
Irene and I shared the Smegg Pizza (P450). It’s topped with crushed homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, Gouda cheese and cream. I enjoyed this one a lot with its strong earthy and meaty flavors. The egg adds an extra dose of creaminess but Irene’s not too fond of soft egg yolks so we have not ordered this again. Our new regular pizza order is the Panna Sausage.
A lot of people also swear by Gino’s special spicy honey which they add to every slice. I’m ok with adding it but also love their pizza plain so try it out and see which way you like it.
Irene and I have also discovered the Lemon and Mushroom pasta, a simple dish we order every time. This was a special dish they created for Mushrooms Go Pink but was so well received it became a permanent part of their menu.
Gino’s Brick Oven PizzaTordesillas cor. Bautista St.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact No.: (632) 778-8192
Other Branches: Podium, Katipunan, Serendra
Facebook Page: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
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