The FIAH Katipunan Pizza Crawl, Part 4: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

(At long last, we have arrived at the finale! I already gave some pretty high marks for our previous contender, Canada’s Steveston Pizza. But is Gino’s going to snatch away Steveston’s top spot?)

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Alas, all food crawls must come to an end – And we are ending this four-part special with a bang, by paying a visit to Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza! This pizza restaurant has managed to open a couple of branches across the metro for the past couple of months, thanks to its popularity. Gino’s, which was named after the owner’s son, serves authentic Neapolitan style pizza. I had high hopes for this restaurant since I’m a huge fan of brick oven pizza.

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Interior was smaller than what I expected, although it’s not cramped.

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Menu: Pizza, On the side, Drinks, Extras, Dessert, Appetizers, Pasta.
For this stop, we only ordered two non-pizza dishes, and one of them happens to be a dessert:

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Salted Egg pasta – Freshly-made fettucine with bacon, salted egg, cream, and parmigiano reggiano. I’m a complete sucker for fresh pasta/noodles. This one wasn’t too bad.

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A very tiny slice of Crack Pie. Ahhh, another take on the famous Momofuku creation. Like I said, this one was a tad bit smaller than the last Crack Pie that I ate. Obviously they taste very similar to each other, though I read somewhere that Gino’s version is supposedly the one that’s the closest to the original.

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Our pizza was the SMEGG – Homemade sausage, mushroom, eggs, gouda, and cream. Many food blogs have raved about delicious/unique this pizza is, and it’s not hard to see why. The crust had a nice, pillowy softness to it, but also had a deep, slightly smoky flavor too, as common in many brick oven pizzas. The flavor was a bit bland, I have to admit – Good thing Gino’s has created this lovely condiment called the Spicy Honey – It definitely gave our pizza some added oomph.

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Bonus pic: Our takeout from Cello’s Donuts! Hehe. Back when I was in high school, I had a teacher who was addicted to these babies. The reason why I’m posting this picture is because Cello’s Donuts is owned by the same people behind Gino’s.

Gino’s Pizza gets plus points from me since this place allows students from the nearby universities to get a taste of delicious, brick oven pizza at a very low price. But personally, if I were to sum our dining experience here in one word, it would be… BITIN!!! The servings were too small for my liking, the pie especially. Good thing the taste almost makes up for it.

… And so we have come to the final verdict of this very lengthy pizza crawl! Although I sorta expected Gino’s to take the top spot, I would have to say that Steveston’s Pizza was the pizza place that wowed me the most, and so for me, I consider it as the best pizza place in the Katipunan area.

PIZZA RATING:
Crust – 5/5
Flavor – 4/5

GENERAL RATING:
Ambiance/Interior: 3.5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 4.5/5 (taste) 4/5 (presentation)

Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza is located at the second floor of K2 Building, 341 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Tel no: 225 7462. Links: Facebook.

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