Pizza 2.0 at Gino’s
A delicious upgrade of the staple food at every photo shoot
Unless you work for a high-end magazine like Tatler (where shoot food is rumored to be catered gourmet food, buffet-style), you can expect that in every photo shoot, there will always be pizza. The magazine industry and its glam pack may seem glamorous, but budget constraints are pretty tight and that’s why every editorial assistant knows the delivery numbers of Pizza Hut, Shakey’s, Yellow Cab, and Dominoes or already has them saved in their phones. Because pizza, while not exactly high-end, can satisfy the masses without making the publication look stingy. Sometimes, there’s even an extra box to take home or give away because everyone’s had enough of pizza already.
Of course, there are moments when the humble pizza is more than just a staple, and that was proven one afternoon while shooting the hot DJ Mari Ferrari.
The shoot was at Back Alley Barbershop, and I was out on food errand. My editor recommended an awesome pizza place nearby, so I went. The place is Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza, a rustic pizza joint along Bautista Street in Salcedo Village.
The restaurant was casual and cozy, with its rust brick walls, hanging wooden triangular lamps, and leather seats. Their food – the pizzas particularly – have a good reputation even before they moved from the food mecca street of Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes, Parañaque.
It was difficult picking from the menu because they all sounded delicious. The shoot was ending soon though, so I had to choose quickly and that’s how I ended up carrying eight boxes of Buffalo Wings Pizza and Gouda Cheese and Bacon Pizza back to the shop. I couldn’t help getting dazed from the waft coming from the pizza boxes, and the people who I passed by seemed to have that reaction, too.
When I got back, the shoot was nearly done, so I assembled the boxes in the back room and called out the guys to eat. Their reactions were pretty priceless, and even Mari got a few slices herself.
Without a doubt, these weren’t just the usual shoot pizzas. They were gourmet brick oven pizzas that yes, still fed, the masses, but were a tad bit upscale and goddamn delicious. Did I mention that these pizzas come with a honey and chili dip which you can drizzle over the pizza? Nom.
The Buffalo Wings Pizza is good for three, like all of Gino’s pizzas, and it’s a delicious amalgamation of shredded chicken and the standard buffalo wings sauce and chunks of bleu cheese on top of a crust that was just the right balance of crunchy and chewy. If you’re crazy about buffalo chicken wings, then you’re going to like this.
There’s also the Bacon and Gouda Pizza, which is always worthy of a swear word. It’s pretty self-explanatory with a touch of honey. This was the first one to go out if I remember correctly.
Now, a pizza is good for three or two if you’re really hungry and starts at P350, which is not too bad a price for what you’re going to get. Worth a try for the next visit: Bianca Verde, which is kesong puti, ricotta, parmesan, basil, and arugula; Margherita, the classic combination of red sauce and basil but this time with kesong puti instead; and SMEGG, a hearty combo – with an unfortunately unappealing acronym – combining homemade sausage, mushrooms, eggs, gouda cheese, and cream. Get some of their pasta and their Nutella soup, too.
Yep, you read that right, Nutella junkies. 🙂
Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
Bautista Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
11 AM to 10 PM (Monday to Thursday)
11 AM to 10:30 PM (Friday to Sunday)