Gino D’Acampo has been the name on everyone’s lips in Liverpool for months. Since his restaurant opened in July of last year, people in the city have gone mad for it. Gino’s is getting booked up weeks in advance, the demand for here is still huge. If you head there of a weekend and manage to get a table without booking, you have the magic touch.
I had wanted to eat here since it opened, but seemed to never have the chance. I was desperate to see what all the hype was about.
It’s prime location on Castle Street, has drawn in the crowds. The restaurant stretches round on to Dale Street, showcasing off it’s bustling atmosphere inside via huge windows. This end of town is now full of fantastic bars and restaurants, so you can easily spend your whole night in the one area.
I visited Gino’s for the first time to celebrate Ste’s birthday. We went for an early meal on a Sunday evening, and the restaurant was buzzing.
When you head in, you’re greeted by the many photographs of Gino with his family and famous friends. Followed by all his cookery books that you can buy in house.
You then head through to the bar area. This area is really plush, and cool. It is low lit, with warm toned lights and turquoise neon signs. You can just head in here for a drink without heading for a meal. I have done this a couple of times, as it is a really nice atmosphere to be in.
One of my favourite things about Gino’s bar, is the amount of different Prosecco’s on offer. Finally, a bar opened that shares my love of Prosecco.
The main restaurant area is full of different sized tables to accommodate all parties coming. Every part of the restaurant is busy. Wherever you sit though, will still be an enjoyable experience.
We sat at the tables that run alongside the kitchens. From here you can see how fresh the food is, as it is being prepared all around you. I liked the hustle and bustle of sitting here. Plus, the chairs are so comfortable, they’re like armchairs. So you feel tucked away in your own little area.
What We Ordered
Alongside the main menu, you can also order from the Set Menu. I think this is really good value for money, as it’s 3 courses for £26. We ordered from the Set Menu, and although 3 courses sounded a lot, we both ate it all.
We chose the 2 style of Bruschetta’s to start. One with tomato, and the other with king prawns. Both are delicious, and not too large for a starter dish.
For our main dishes, Ste went very traditional and ordered the Fettuccine Bolognese. Paired with a helping of parmesan, it makes one of the tastiest bolognese’s he’s tried. I could see how fresh it was, and the sauce looked delicious with all the tomato and olive oil juices flowing.
I went for a dish I had never had before, the Chicken in Marsala. Marsala is a type of red wine, which makes up the sauce, along with tomato’s, that the chicken breast cooks in. It is served with ciabatta bread, which is really lovely to dunk in to the sauce. The chicken was so tender, and rich with flavour due to the sauce.
The dessert choices come on a separate menu. They include traditional Italian desserts like Tiramisu and Panna Cotta, as well as a selection of Ice Cream and Sorbets.
With it being an Italian night, we both ordered ice cream desserts. You have to take advantage of the proper gelato right. You can order hand made Cornetto’s, so I couldn’t resist these. The ice cream that comes with Nutella sauce is also delicious.
An Atmospheric Italian Night Out
I loved the authentic Italian vibes to the restaurant. All the waiters are Italian, the dishes really reflect the heart of Italy. The menu veers away from the obvious Italian dishes, and offers more unknown options.
On the menu, it will state if one of the dishes is from one of Gino’s books. If this is the case, it will tell you what book, and what page. Perfect if you enjoyed your meal, as you can pick up the book on the way out, and recreate them at home.
After waiting a few months to try Gino’s out, I’d say it is definitely worth the hype. The food is great, the service is attentive, and the atmosphere is lively.
Heading to Gino’s D’Acampo’s will be perfect for any celebration or date night, so get your date in mind and book in.
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Have you been to Gino’s yet? Or have you been wanting to go too?
*This meal was complimentary, via Gino’s Liverpool PR and CarnLival Blogger event. All views are honest, and my own.