Every now and again I get a little too excited about new restaurants and bars opening up around the city and as soon as the billboard for Gino’s place went up, the countdown to the opening began! Restaurant, Prosecco bar, deli, open kitchen, Summer terrace, private dining rooms and a members games room with it’s own cocktail bar, is there anything this place doesn’t have to offer the city of Liverpool?
I headed along with some of my favourite faces, Jackie, Hollie and Antonia, to check out exactly what Gino was brining to our fair city and of course, hit up that Prosecco bar…oh, and try the food! (Priorities eh?).
After being handed a lovely glass of bubbles on the door - something they do for every guest who walks in - we headed down into the underbelly of the Grade II Listed former HSBC bank, into the old vaults to be exact, into what has been renovated and named The Bullion Room, one of their signature private dining spaces. The Bullion Room is a real crowd pleaser, able to seat and cater for 30 - 35 people, with no booking deposit, it offers some seriously secluded and seriously fun dining experiences. The first half of the room is the members games room, with pool tables, fussball, table tennis and pinball, the second, behind the old vault gates, is the dining room with it’s own bar.
With much talking, mingling, picture taking and a special message from our lad Gino to get the night going, we moved on to the first order of business, the prosecco tasting. Boasting one of the most extensive prosecco bars in the city, they sure know how to get a night in Liverpool started. There really is something for everyone when it comes to Prosecco, and I couldn’t believe how many different varieties they had on offer - I didn’t even think Prosecco went beyond a white or a rose version! With varying price points there’s a bubbly for everyone!
As we slurped sipped our bubbles, we nibbled on a Fantastico sharing platter, a collection of parma ham, salami napoli, buffalo ricotta, sun dried tomatos, breads and more. The various cured hams and salami were by far my favourites, all sourced from Italy itself, I genuinely felt like I was slipping into holiday mode!
We were then treated to a wine master class with food pairings from their new Autumn menu (coming very soon). I don’t know about you but my wine knowledge goes like this - red with steak, white with everything else, rose if I have no choice…end. Turns out, theres a great big wonderful world of wines out there and you really can taste the difference between the regions (yup, all those places and numbers on the bottles actually mean something!). I also learned, the hard way, that there is a reason you’re not supposed to try and finish every glass they put in-front of you during a tasting session….
As for the food, this is what I had been waiting to get stuck into! We started off with Arancine of crispy mushroom risotto balls, buffalo mozzarella, tomato and red pepper sauce. Mmm. MMM. Perfectly moorish morsels that I could have eaten by the truck load.
The Real Neapolitan Pizza, topped with Italian sausage, friarielli, buffalo mozzarella and chilli. The friarielli looked and tasted like a richer spinach and as pizza goes, well, the Italians really know how to do it best!
Linguine with fresh crab, with chilli and lemon zest. I’m not really a huge seafood fan but this was just delicious, like really really I’m-not-sharing-this-with-anyone delicious. I made sure I kept that plate nearby!
Risotto with Italian Sausage and Spicy ‘Nduja with radicchio, peas, white wine and pecorino cheese. Officially, I can never cook risotto again because it will never taste as good as this did! Every mouthful was packed with flavour, it was super creamy and went down a treat.
Honestly, when I go back (because DUH, how could I not?) I have no idea what I will order. it was all just so so good. Sometimes I worry about these famous chef places, I worry the food won’t live up to the calibre of the chef and you’ll pay over the odds for sub-parr pasta with a celebrity name attached to it. There is nothing sub-par here! You will easily believe that you have stepped off the streets of Liverpool and straight under the sun of Naples. The flavours, the service, there is nothing this place doesn’t offer or can’t cater for!
Have you checked out a Gino’s restaurant yet?
Until next time,