Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza

I had met Jutes Templo over text, tying to schedule him for a photo shoot I was producing on men in the food industry. There had been a lot of buzz surrounding the man who made his own burrata by hand. Together with wife Cello, they opened Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza, an Italian style pizzeria in Katipunan, but because of its location, I never got to visit. So when they decided to open a Makati branch in Salcedo Village, I was thrilled and immediately booked a table. My first order of business was to sample the Classic Burrata, a soft, pillowy, white, pulled cheese. Simply served with pizza dough, arugula and drizled with extra virgin olive oil, it was delicate and delicious. The best way to have it is to dip the dough in some of their homemade chili honey (which perfectly accompanied the pizza as well) then top with the cheese and arugula. YUM!

Classic Burrata served with Bread (their awesome pizza dough) and Olive Oil 275Php

Amazing, amazing, amazing Chili Honey

Next, we sampled the House Salad which was dressed in a simple balsamic vinaigrette and the Bolognese Pappardelle, with a hearty meat and kesong puti sauce and fresh noodles. Both were good dishes and more than reasonable for 150Php and 240Php, respectively. This means you can come in and have a whole salad and pasta for under 500Php. A good deal for sure!

House Salad with balsamic Vinaigrette 150Php

Bolognese made with fresh Pappardelle, Bolognese Sauce, Kesong Puti, Basil and Parmessan 240Php

On to the pizza! Since this was my first time, I decided on the Prosciutto because it is quite simple, featuring their tomato sauce and fresh ingredients such as the cheese, ham and arugula. I wanted to really taste the ingredients on their own. The crust was nice and chewy, with a very light crisp on the outside. The tomato sauce was nice, quite well-balanced and delicious. The combination of the kesong puti with the thinly sliced prosciutto was excellent. I couldn’t stop eating it, especially when dipped in the chili honey.

Prosciutto Pizza made with Tomato Sauce, Prosciutto, Kesong Puti, Arugula 410Php

Really nice and chewy pizza dough… best dipped in their chili honey!

And of course, I could not miss dessert… The infamous Nutella Soup. Their chewy pizza dough shaped molded into a bowl and filled with chocolate hazlenut spread, perfect for crust dipping… Heaven!

Nutella Soup, a great sweet ending – pizza dough shaped into a bowl, holding a sticky, delicious Nutella concoction

Happy ME!

 

GINO’s Locations

Katipunan: Level 2, K2 Building, 341 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Makati: Bautista and Tordesillas street, Salcedo Village, Makati

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