LUNCH REVIEW: Papa Gino’s, Carlton Melbourne

Liagon street is renowned for it’s authentic Greek and Italian restaurants. We had no clue where to go but had decided on Italian we stumbled upon Papa Gino‘s and couldn’t pass it by. With big glass windows showing chefs kneading fresh dough and smoothering the pizzas with fresh ingredients.

Food

I decided on pasta and opted for the Gnochi with Primavera Sauce (Napolitan Paste with seasonal vegetables) entre size. The portions were very generous I struggled to finish my plate.

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My other two diners chose a Medium Chicken and Small Gino’s Favourite (ham, green capsicum and mushrooms). The chicken pizza (below) is a man’s delight it was packed with meat, cheese and homemade baroque sauce.

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The favorite was tasty but there was not enough cheese.

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Drinks 

To accompany Italian a red is essential so we had a glass each of the Lambrusco. Lambrusco is an Italian fizzy red wine the original alco-pop some say. They are BYO and licensed.

Service

All of the Italian staff were very chirpy and welcoming. We were all greeted on arrival by the pizza chefs which created a great atmosphere. We were given a bread basket after ordering which is a nice traditional touch although our meals did take over 15 minutes to arrive.

Location

As I mentioned earlier Liagon Street is the perfect place for Italian and Greek restaurants although this does make the market extremely competitive. Papa Gino’s sets itself from the rest boasting an authentic dining experience. Brick walls and dark wood furnishings make you feel like you have gone back in time.

The Verdict: I really enjoyed my visit to Papa Gino’s. The food was fresh and simple and the staff very friendly. Overall 7.5/10

Papa Gino’s – Open 7 Days, 221 Lygon Street, Carlton
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