I’m sure that most of you know that whenever I eat out at a restaurant, it’s always me and CJ dining there. However, we decided to get two more people to join us; our siblings, for this instance. It was perfectly timed as this trip became a celebration of my younger brother’s 17th birthday. CJ brought her younger sister along, so my brother wouldn’t feel out of place. We originally planned to eat at either Bizu or Ramen Nagi at the Podium Mall – behind SM Megamall in Ortigas. The addition of two people made us change our plans, though. In the end, we still went to Podium but chose to ate at Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza.
To tell you the truth, we didn’t plan on eating at Gino’s at first. Chinese restaurant Shi Lin beside it was our first choice, but we were already tired of Chinese food. In addition, I had been eyeing the place for some time now after reading Jenni Epperson’s post about their Salcedo Village branch. Fortunately, they have another location at Katipunan—beside Cello’s Donuts and Dips. Here’s a bit of trivia: Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza and Cello’s Donuts and Dips have the same owners (husband and wife Jutes and Cello Templo), and the pizza restaurant was a tribute to their son – aptly named Gino.
So it was final; we all agreed to check the place out. I mean, who wouldn’t say no to pizza—and a healthier one at that?
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza stands out from other restaurants in Podium Mall. While most of them have a white color scheme that exudes a cold feeling (same as the entire mall’s palette), the restaurant has a warm rustic hue in red and brown—thanks to the red bricks that adorn the entire place. Metal pails planted with fresh herbs serve as decorations to break the monotony, and the eyes can catch a pile of firewood for the brick ovens neatly stacked in one corner. The food is simple yet tasty, just like how real food should be. Special mention would be the pizzas; Gino’s really shows how the legitimate thing should be like and how it should taste.
I’ll stop at this point and let the photos below show you how our trip there went about. Do like their Facebook page for more updates and promotions.
Until the next review, bon appetit. Ending this post are some pictures of us during this trip.
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
3/F The Podium Mall,
18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong City 1555