Gina’s Italian Kitchen
Auckland City 09-302 2061
- Mon – Sun 12 noon – 10pm
- Children's Menu
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Cocktails
- Seating for: 85
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay & Display
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Delivers: No
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Gina’s Pizza offer home-style Italian food, fantastic service and wonderful atmosphere. Italian Dining, Pizza, Pasta & much more!
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57 Reviews for Gina’s Italian Kitchen
The restaurant was packed which created a lovely atmosphere and everyone appeared to be having a good night.
I found the food really lovely and the atmosphere still the same,but it lacked the warmth it had when they where in the smaller location. I will go back.
Pan fried Fish is easier to cook than a boiled egg. Curled up and dry it was yukky, we notified the waiter and it didn’t affect our account at the end of the night.
Not good, won’t be back !
What a waste of what used to be a warm, family restaurant.
First I call and book for 15-20 people, ‘fine’ they say. I call to confirm it is definitely 20 people, they rudely snap at me that I have to have a set menu, that I was not told about before. The set menus have salad and a margarita for vegetarians. Looks like I will be missing out on trying anything fun.
I call back once I have confirmed with my friends they are willing to still come given the change of circumstance, and that their meals will be $40 each (my sister is a student). When I call back I asked about the vegetarian options being extended. They acted like they were doing me a favor and they would bring over the main menu for me to choose off (completely subtle and not making the vege awkward right?) ‘Bella’.
They then said I had to pay a $50 booking fee, which yet again, they had not told me about. I was told to put it into an account somewhere ‘on the website’ with no guidance.
From one of the other reviews here I would also have to pay $15 bucks to bring a cake…. Didn’t mention that either.
I don’t mind these things, but treat me with some politeness, I am your customer, and TELL me EVERYTHING upfront when I make my booking so I can see if it is the experience I really want.
It’s a week out now and I’m trying to find another place last minute, even though I talked to them a month ago. Frankly, I don’t think I want to go there, ever.
I’d heard so many great things about this restaurant but never had the time to try it so when I saw a voucher come up i grabbed it! I don’t know whether that was the best or worst decision I ever made. I rang up and made a booking, we were seated promptly by a friendly waiter and given menus but then it just went downhill from there. 17min later still no service….not even a bit of water! Then finally a waiter comes over asking if we were “alright”, he took our orders and finally gave us some water. The entree (calamari rings) says it comes with aioli but we were never given any, I guess this is partly our own fault as we should’ve looked closer at the menu and asked for it when it was missing. When our plates were taken away the waiter said he told the chef 5min ago to start on our mains so shouldn’t be more than 10min away…BAD move. Took almost half an hour for the main to come! When it did I was speechless. I’ve seen better food in bloody prison. I don’t even know what the dish was called in Italian but was some sort of lamb shank. It was full of big bones on a big slop of polenta. We barely touched it then gave up on the dish. When the waiter took the dish away and I said I wasn’t a fan he gave me the look of “I know what you mean”. Thank-god dessert came right away! To be honest dessert would’ve been the only dish I would pay full price for. Upon paying the bill the waiter didn’t really seem to care much for our complaint and just shrugged his shoulders…I wonder if we only had this kind of treatment simply because we were on a voucher? If I had known that the voucher menu would be this ill-treated I would not have ever tried it. I really don’t know what’s worse, the food or the attitude. there’s plenty of great reviews on here so 2 each their own I guess…
Sure, their pizza isn’t one of those thin crust authentic Italian ones, but for $12 this must be one of the best lunch specials in the city (if you’re looking for a thinner crust for the same price you could go to Deniro’s in Elliott Stables). The pasta and the chips were good value for money as well.
We had tiramisu for dessert – excellent. Service was great throughout our meal.
I wouldn’t pay to go here again, especially with a voucher.
Had the lamb ragout – it is deliciously simple and in the spirit of Italy. Generous portions, great and attentive service. Loved the Happy Birthday sung in italian!
A great place to take the kids, and have a delicious, cheap meal.
Warm and inviting atmosphere. AND parking out the back…bonus.
No more topless men, thank God. Friendly service…fast too. The kids were well taken cared of.
Bolognese was great and so was the seafood fettucine.
Would definitely return, keep up the good work guys!
you cant even hear yourself think over the guys cheering while they take off their shirts, one time in a night is okay, but after waiting a whole hour for our food it had happened 4 times, focus on your food before you loose all your customers and become a strip club
When I wrote an email of compliant it was brushed off as the so called Manager’s explanation was taken over mine.
Poor! Poor! Poor!
The new venue lacks any of the charm and atmosphere of their previous lot, and especially so when you are seated beside the external door which leads to the garbage bin.
Thankfully reseated with minimal fuss (although opposite the open mens bathroom door was not ideal for 3 ladies), we ordered our food promptly (being familiar with the menu) and settled in to wait.
It took more than an hour for our seafood platter entree to arrive, only to be missing more the half items promised in the menu, and not once had anyone come from the kitchen to explain there were no scallops or prawns available. They instead tried to pass off a decidedly substandard fish medley in place, and seemed offended when we sent it back stating it was not what we ordered. Having a staff member take a seat at our table of three and badger us to explain why we wouldn’t accept their version of ‘seafood’ was also highly unprofessional.
Cue another half hour for the mains, which arrived burnt (pizza) and under flavoured (lasagna). Further drinks were requested three times to no avail, although an apology was provided by one of the waiters for this.
All in all, for our family favourite, we were surprised that a simple change in location could so entirely change what used to be a good restaurant. I have always brought out-of-town guests here, and will now need to find somewhere else to trea tthem. Gina’s certainly was the low point of my birthday, and I hope for their sake they can turn thing around.
We had to wait 2 hours for our mains;
When we finally got our mains, one of our orders was missing, so one person got to starve for an extra 25minutes while everyone else ate;
My carbonara tasted like nothing;
You could not get the attention of a single staff member.
Awesome experience, but the food was lacking, so must unfortunately rate this poorly. The restaurant was over booked as well. And at the bar it took ages to order a drink because the guy at the counter was too busy feeding himself and drinking his own drinks. Took forever to pay and leave as well even though we were all on the set menu.
Our chicken pizza & dessert were good but not great.
Very rowdy restaurant (see other reviews) – you have been warned.
I really love the atmosphere at Gina’s!! If your after I quiet night, then this is probably not the place. But if you are after some laughs, I would definently reccomend this!
Make sure you book in advance though, because this place gets packed!!
Overall an average experience. Nothing was great, mostly quite bland and quickly thrown together.
Mid-meal we were treated to the full ‘Jersey Shore’ experience as the staff stripped off to serenade a lucky birthday girl, all crashing pots and pans. Had the food, wine, price, ambiance and service been adequate we might have found this funny. As it was it served to leave a very bitter taste in the mouth.
Won’t be returning soon.
This was the first time we had been to their new location and the restaurant environment is a lot larger and modern. With us being seated at the window and the bar being at the other end of the room it was hard to get the attention of the wait staff.
I had the Gnocchi with the 4 cheese sauce and it was OK, however the serving size was very small. The guys that had Secondi were disappointed with their meals which came with slices of bread and chips all for between $28 – $33. The pizza was great.
Very expensive for very average food.
Stick to a pizza & beer
After paying the bill, we left the restaurant without any remedy and felt under pressure during the entire diner.
I strongly recommend that you don’t go to Gina’s because they care more to their slugs than to their customers.
It is hard to go to countdown to finish the dinner.
When we showed up, the had given the table away. If this wasn’t bad enough, they told us they had given the table away because “someone” had called back to cancel the table. This was patently untrue, and it seemed pretty clear that they had overbooked, didn’t have enough tables, and this was their solution. The staff were very uninterested, didn’t offer any remedy, and it ruined an evening that was really important to me and my friends. If you have an important evening, I recommend that you don’t go to Gina’s.
The waiter was Italian and added to the experience, he also informed us of the specials for the night then let us decided.
We had to wait for a while before someone took our order but other than that, the food was great and delicious and would highly recommend Gina’s.
We will be back
The takeaway pizza we ordered was a bit burnt, the garlic bread was very small and did not taste fresh.Annoying staff as well.
Since then I have been going regularly to Monica’s Pizza a few metres down the road. Beautiful food!
best recommended for chicks only nites
really beautiful italian food! the best service! never ever been disappointed!
The best most delicious original yummy Tiramisu in entire of New Zealand!
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