Restaurant Review – Papa Gino’s

Published November 18, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, hope this post finds you all well. Another day off for me. Today, the weather seemed rather cold and miserable so I decided to stay home for the whole day and work out an itinerary for my little sister and mum when they’re over in Melbourne. I’m so excited they are coming soon only 9 days to go…I’ve planned out for the week where I’m taking them, now I just have to figure out how to catch the public transport to these places ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyways, my wrist is recovering quite well hence I’m able to post…

Anyways, this particular restaurant is well known for it’s famous pizza and pasta and apparently it’s been around for a while. If you are in Melbourne you would know to grab Italian food you need to head down to Lygon street where the whole street is covered with Italian restaurants.

When you walk into the restaurant you will come across this pizza counter and there’s this Italian Papa making some woodfire pizza and a large signage with all the pizza flavours. The restaurant isn’t very big and it was packed when we arrived.

The restaurant decor is quite casual and it has that old Italian feeling. Wooden chairs and red brick walls. The waitress were very friendly, I even managed to capture one of happy customer’s big smile. He must be very happy with his food ๐Ÿ™‚

So there were three of us there that night we decided to share our mains with their Papa Gino’s woodfire pizza, fettuccine carbonara and deep fried seafood selection that came with a garden salad. The waitress dropped off some crusty bread with butter and it came with Parmesan cheese in a little shaker jug for us – it’s complimentary, how thoughtful…then within 10 minutes our mains all arrive pretty much one after the other..

The woodfire pizza was delicious, full of generous toppings and flavours. As for the fettuccine carbonara – it was nicely done, the fettuccine was home made fresh pasta and the sauce was nicely done – not too overly creamy but it was nicely balanced! As for the deep fried seafood selection, the calamari was nicely done, not chewy, there were scallops, fish and prawns all nicely seasoned and deep fried to perfection. The servings for our mains were huge. We were so full and didn’t even have any room for desserts!

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend? Yes, Absolutely!

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