Chris and I decided we wanted a cheeky little date night, preferrably somewhere we were yet to try. I was asking around at work about where we could go and when someone suggested the new Gino D’Campo restaurant that has recently opened in Kingswood I couldn’t stop thinking about pizza and cocktails!
We were going on a Wednesday and when I went to book a table the day before, there was nothing available for 7pm or 7:30pm, so it was obviously popular, even mid week before payday. I’d also spoken to a few people about it already who had given it good recommendations. I’d managed to get us booked in for 7:15pm, although when we arrived our table wasn’t quite ready. This was actually quite nice as I really wanted to get a good feel for the interior and obviously get some shots for the gram. We were able to take a seat at the bar, which is one of those amazing square enclosed ones with bottles circling the whole thing, and order a drink. I was eyeing up the Roasted Peach Bellini which I do wish now I’d have had, as the bartender swayed me towards the Raspberry-Rose Bellini instead. It was a really yummy cocktail, proper fresh crushed raspberries however I definitely couldn’t taste the rose, might just be my usedtodrinking£3wine palette but there we go.
We were seated after only a few minutes I honestly couldn’t fault the service AT ALL. Every single member of staff that waited on us the entire time we were there was absolutely wonderful and super speedy too. I’d already looked at the menu online before we went (let’s face it, we all do that, right????) and knew that I wanted to start with the bread board. Chris went for the grissini wrapped in parma ham and both of our starters were served with a pesto dip, yummmm. Italian food is one of my faves and I was salivating looking around at what everyone else was eating. Like I said, the service was rapid and we didn’t wait long at all to get our food. The pesto dip was sublime and my bread board was really tasty. It hadn’t been on the ‘sharing’ section on the menu, but if you’re going I would definitely recommend ordering it to share between two as it was a lot for me before another two courses. It was presented so well, on a proper wood chopping board and it involved an olive and gruyere focaccia, grissini and crusty toasted bread with oil. I think my downfall throughout this meal was ordering so much bread, as I’d gone for a pizza for my main course but was really determined to finish all of the starter. When the mains arrived they looked and smelled fantastic, Chris had opted for the carbonara, a classic and I’d gone for the Fiorentina pizza which is quite the fave. If I’m brutally honest with you (which of course I always am), it was nothing massively remarkable. Don’t get me wrong it was lovely, I wouldn’t turn it down and it was definitely better than a £3 frozen jobby but as a pizza loverrrr it just didn’t stand out to me. I kind of wish I’d ordered a pasta dish, however I think the only vegetarian option was arabiatta which I tend to either find slightly boring or a little too spicy. There were definite greats about the pizza, the egg was cooked perfectly with a lovely runny yolk and there was loads of spinach on the top.
I had to leave the crusts of the pizza because I was so darn full of bread and also it was that great thin crust pizza where the crispy bits sorta hurt your lips. I needed to give honourable mention to this because I need to know whether it’s just me that has problems with this? Tell me, tell meeeee. Honourable mention also to Chris’ carbonara that I of course didn’t try cos bacon, but looked and smelt so good. It was proper carbonara, without all the thick creamy claggy sauce. Safe to say we were pretty stuffed but when the waitress appeared to clear our plates and asked if we wanted dessert our eyes locked across the table. Of course we said “oh we’ll just see the menu” and of course we then ordered one. I can’t lie to you, the dessert was the best part of the meal for me. The ice cream was to die for. I didn’t want anything too filling (lol) so thought the ice cream would be my safest bet. With this in mind I probably should have opted for the sorbets but nah dived straight in and had a scoop each of salted caramel, chocolate and nutella. And nutella sauce. It was heaven in a bowl tbh. The nutella flavour was really rich and intense, but the caramel was sharp and they really complimented each other. Man, I could eat that every night for the rest of my life I think, proper good Italian gelato.
For three courses and a drink each the bill came to £67 which I thought was pretty good for a restaurant and meal of that caliber. It is a chain but it didn’t really feel like it to me. The decor of the place really helped me have a lovely experience, the bright turqoise furniture and bar along with the gallery walls of Gino with both celebs and his family made it feel quite cosy too. In the second room they have pool and table football, which would be great if you’d gone along for a family lunch or something. Gino’s offers a lunch menu and you can pop in during the day just for pizza and prosecco which is really lovely as it’s attached to the huge Next, so you can stop for a shopping break. I can’t praise the staff enough, we even got chatting to the guy who took our payment about how long he’s lived in Hull and just had a bit of a laugh before we went home, so we felt like we left on a high and really really full!
Have you eaten at Gino’s?