When Gino Gargano travelled from Sicily to America in 1962, he brought with him a taste of Italy. Fast-forward 50 years and there are Ginos restaurants all over the world – and they're still serving the same lovingly-made, rich tasting favourites. Made from family recipes, passed down from generation to generation, it doesn't get more Italian than Ginos.
Every single item on Ginos' menu radiates a little bit of Mediterranean sunshine. There are many must-try dishes at Ginos – though narrowing down the choices from the menu is difficult, with every fresh and inviting item encompassing all the warm flavours of the Mediterranean.
Kickstart your meal of the proper way with antipasti. All fresh, all inviting, all authentic. We love the Carpaccio di Manzo – fine ox slices with grana padano cheese and arugula, seasoned with a drizzle of virgin olive oil, a zesty lemon vinaigrette, sweet tomatoes, salty capers and oregano. The Piadine is also a great stop-off before your main, these light wheat cakes with cheese, bacon and mushrooms are brightened up with a zingy salsa di roma.
Keeping in line with tradition, it's the pizza and pasta that are the main event at Ginos. The Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi, made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms, ham, virgin olive oil and black pepper is an all-time favourite. And, because Ginos know we all have our own favourite pizza combinations, you can make your own. But if you're not a fan of all things doughy, the Ravioli Integrali – packed with ricotta, walnuts, sautéed pumpkin and zucchini – is a hit too.
Ginos has always been owned by Italian chefs, meaning that its customers continue to benefit from 'good old-fashioned' Italian hospitality – not to mention the all-out authentic Italian menu. This is what sets Ginos apart from other restaurants, and means that Ginos is a welcoming and well-loved place to eat.
If there's a cuisine that's made for long, leisurely meals shared with friends or family, it has to be Italian. And at Ginos, meals can be spread out over three to four courses – it's more of a marathon than a sprint here. Antipasti. One or two mains. Dessert. Cheese. Wine. And at Ginos, they knock it out of the park at every course.
Italian food and wine go hand in hand – and Ginos also offers a selection of fine Italian wines to complement your meal. From the regions of Modena and Lombardy to Northern Italy near the Alps, choose from a rich portfolio of fruity, full-bodied reds and rosé to dry, crisp whites.
And what meal is complete without dessert? The Cioccolattissimo – a hot chocolate sponge cake with sprinkles of icing sugar and a generous helping of vanilla ice cream – rounds off any meal with a flourish.