FOOD MONSTER: Gino's Italian fails to live up to the plaudits of friends
This week I was really in the mood for a good hearty Italian meal. Several of my close friends had been raving about Gino's so again my dining partner and I trekked up Steep Hill with high hopes.
We almost walked past the restaurant as it is tucked down a side street with fabulous unspoiled views of the Castle.
We walked in and we were greeted within a few moments and shown to a table. The menu is mostly typical of an Italian restaurant and I spotted a few of my favourite dishes on offer so my companion waited patiently after I changed my mind more than once.
I was delighted to see that my coke to accompany my Malibu was in a glass bottle – my absolute favourite.
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My partner was in the mood for a beer and asked what choices were on offer and was disappointed they only served Peroni.
I opted for the green lip mussels steamed in a garlic, parsley and cream sauce.
They were delicious, the sauce thick and creamy, and the portion size generous.
My companion chose the minestrone soup served in a very large bowl with "the best cooked carrots I've ever had", pasta and a little spicy kick but disappointingly without a soup spoon which was a little challenging towards the end.
The restaurant is split over two levels with the toilets and a larger dining area upstairs and the main dining area on the lower floor.
The atmosphere was lively and every table downstairs was full.
The bare brick walls are adorned with gold framed black and white pictures and the tables are kept simple but are quite close together.
I liked that you can see into the kitchen and watch the hustle and bustle of the chefs putting together the beautifully presented dishes.
Our mains arrived, my lasagne was piping hot sprinkled with parmesan shavings.
It was tasty with no nasty surprises.
My partner's calzone pizza was very large, the ham was very finely diced but there was "not enough of it" and there was masses of spinach and onions inside.
We waited a good 10 minutes for our dishes to be cleared away and we had to wait even longer for our bill to arrive.
I was left a little disappointed after I heard so many wonderful things about Gino's.
We loved our starters but the main courses were not as special.
The waiting staff were all very friendly but we were unable to build a rapport as a different member of staff served us every step of the way. I enjoy building the banter with one member of staff.
I also had to swap seats with my
companion as the back door was left open and the through draft left me shivering.
Where: Gino's, 7 Gordon Road, Lincoln.
Telephone: 01522 513770
Parking: Ample parking within walking distance
Food hygiene rating: 5/5
The damage: Malibu and coke: £4.90, Peroni: £3.25, mussels in cream and parsley sauce: £7.05, minestrone soup: £4.75, lasagne £8.90, calzone: £9.20, portion of chips £2.25.
Total bill: £40.30
Veggie friendly: Yes
Family friendly: No children’s menu on offer
Visit again: No
Good for: They offer complementary champagne for special occasions.