Every evening, about 6:00PM a line appears on 5th
Avenue in Brooklyn...in between 74th Street and Bay
Ridge Parkway. This line, which includes primarily
local residents with hunger in their eyes, forms
outside what looks like a somewhat unassuming pizzaria
It does look like a good pizzaria (and the pizza may
very well be among the best in New York City); but the
real reason for the lines is the food served in the
small (14 table) back room. Prepared lovingly by a
mother and son "team" and served up by some of the most
competent staff in the city (including one of the
family daughters), this is one of those real finds - a
wonderful restaurant where the owners actually care
about your enjoyment of what is always excellent and
sometimes brilliant cuisine.
This is a restaurant where specials are special. Soups
are all home made and their Chicken Soup does have the
power to cure what ails you....and their special soups
vary each week and range from the merely spectacular to
preparations that rival the finest restaurants anywhere
at any price.
Salads are always fresh and their balsamic dressing is
truly outstanding as is the fresh cheese often featured
as part of the special salad combination.
Gino's does things with chicken that could be illegal
in twelve states.....from the standards chicken
parmigiana to gold-standard chicken francaise, you
really can't go wrong with any choice featuring chicken
breat filets. A request to go beyond the menu is
readily handled......and ordering chicken "a la Santo"
or with some of that balsamic dressing as a sauce
guarantees you a meal that (if you concentrate on your
plate) will make you think you're at Il Mulino.
Shrimp parmigiana - if you're willing to forget just
how many arteries you'll be sealing shut - is, without
question, the best we've ever enjoyed.
Pastas are always perfect.....and, on a normal day,
Gino's will be serving well over a dozen variations -
including, again, truly special specials.
And, after you've waited on line for what can be an
hour, you'll really appreciate the excellent service
and the huge portions.
Perhaps the best thing about Gino's is the bill. For
this extraordinary cuisine and professional service,
your bill will be something less than half what you'd
expect for food and service of this caliber.
Yes, this is the back room of a pizza palace and the
noise levels can be deafening and, because it's a local
place, afternoons often feature families with lots of
children noisily consuming the great pizzas. But, in
the evenings, this is a real find.....and well worth
the trip out to Bay Ridge on the "R" line (77th Street