If you are looking for some Italian cuisine in a quiet setting, on a Friday or Saturday evening, then do not bother about going to this place. One of my cousins who is getting married had her Hen’s party here. I was taken back by the number of groups that had made reservations here for their hen’s party. The Saturday evening that we were here, there were 4-5 other Hens party.
We all decided to go for a la carte as most of us did not want 3 courses.
Fettuccine con Capasante e Pistacchio – Tossed with butter-fried scallops & pistachio pesto topped with Italian parsley & lemon. This dish was pretty average to say the least. The scallops did taste very fresh and the fact the roe part of the scallop had been destroyed. The pasta itself was over cooked and a bit too soft for my liking.
Pollo e Sesamo – Grilled & marinated lemon chicken thigh served on fresh leaf salad, avocado, cherry tomatoes & sesame seeds with balsamic vinaigrette – good sized salad . The chicken was succulent but the piece that I tried w as full of fat which I spat out. Nothing overly exciting about this dish as I could make this at home.
Primavera Bianca – Mozzarella base topped with prosciutto crudo, rocket & parmesean cheese – I had asked if they can put some truffle oil over the top of the pizza, the waiter said they would check with the kitchen. I never heard back. But I did notice when the pizza arrived, some olive oil was poured on top, I was a bit disappointed that they could not put truffle oil as requested. The pizza base was nice and thin, I just hate thick pan bases, as you end up eating bread.
Gnocchi Ramona – Hand-made gnocchi with pan-fried prawns & scallops in a rich tomato & cream sauce topped with parmesan cheese. Good amount of prawns and scallops in this dish but I do not prescribe to using parmesan on a seafood pasta dish. It is a no no, which I had learnt from an Italian friend of mine. But I presume this is to cater towards the local tastebuds. The sauce was a thick tomato sauce which clearly had a lot of cheese in it as it was thick and light.
If you are wanting to have a quiet dinner, do not bother coming in on a Saturday evening, this place would be in undated with multiple hens party in which the restaurant can get fairly noisy. In saying that, Gina’s offers a good selection of pasta, pizza, antipasto and mains to cater for a range of taste buds.
Location: 161 Symonds Street, Auckland