Well... I once came here when i was 10. My mother brought me there to try shrimp scampi 'cause she knew that was my favorite dish at the time. And boy i vividly remember that hot dish in a pool of golden butter, the defiant yet pleasant aroma of the garlic, and the brightly cooked shrimp with golden crispy edges as steam rolled off it. That was probably the best scampi i EVER had....but i was ten years old, what the heck do i know? Then our server who looked like Richard Belzer served a dish of spumoni ice cream as dessert, that turned out good...even though i tried to ask him what was in it specifically he just re-iterated that it was an italian style ice cream. Years have passed and my most recent visit was on Valentine's. For a little spot in the area it was busy that night. Now i live in the neighborhoods behind this restaurant and honestly never saw a crackhead or dope fiend in these parking lots....but they are down on the corner near 7-11. I still don't think they pose a threat to any patron of this restaurant. So my date and I proceed to the front where we waited 5 minutes then were seated. The server was nice, however he did take forever to refill our glasses and was absent for 20 minutes before taking our order. Mind you there's servers all around the dining area, looking directly at our need for assistance and ignoring our pleas. By the time our food came we were satisfied as how it turned out, though i wish they had a bigger variety of dishes since chicken parmigiana was the only dish i would consider. Then the bill for these two plates, two beverages, i think dessert....$45 roughly all together. Honestly, for that much trouble to pay that was NOT WORTH IT. And i left feeling bitter, haven't been back since. Don't let that stop you though, Valentine's is a crappy day to do any of that anyhow. I think it's better to catch this place when it isn't busy and not a holiday. and if you feel like buying a $15 dollar plate of chicken, be my guest!
I went with my beautiful wife and kids and sat on a booth located by the bar. We watched the Laker game in the finals. We started off with salad. I was delighted with all the assortment of ingredients like artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans,and deli sliced meats. It was very appetizing! I ordered the Cannelloni stuffed with sausage. My wife ordered the shrimp scampi. We also asked the waiter for wine suggestions, and he was very helpful and brought out samples to taste and choose from. We both had fun wine tasting and found the perfect wine for our palate. My plate came out piping hot and full of rich aroma and flavor. It was mouthwatering! My wife was happy with the size of her shrimp and pasta. We ended the night with dessert; Spumoni ice cream; refreshing and tasty! The kids loved it, and the Lakers won the game by 25 points! Cant wait to go back!
I've been to this Gino's location quite a few times and the food and service is consistently lovely. The crust of the pizza is probably some of the best crust I've had and the tiramisu is absolutely incredible. I've tried it elsewhere and wasn't impressed, I didn't understand what all the fuss was about with tiramisu until I tasted it at Gino's. Hands down, best ever. I visited yesterday to celebrate my birthday and not only did they seat us in a quiet, private room for our group, they brought out a delicious dessert of layered spumoni ice cream complete with candles and song :) I love this restaurant, highly recommended!