4542 Bennington Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Parking: Lot, Private
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Bike Parking: No
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
I wanted some good Italian food and found this place on the Internet. I was very impressed with the refined ambiance, white linens, uniformed waitstaff and friendly hostess.
With the exception of the salad, which was supposed to be Spring Mix greens, but was iceberg, still good but not what I was told, and the pasta side dish, which was bland and unexceptional. Having said that, the Veal Marsala was exactly as it should be and then some. Tender and flavorful, an adequate portion, it was a delight to consume, as was the wonderful bread. The Spumone was also excellent, comprised of lemon, strawberry and pistachio ice creams, obviously home made, very tasty. Service by James was beyond reproach. Support waitstaff kept my water glass filled, removed dishware in a timely manner, all contributing to an enjoyable dining experience.
I could not believe the prices! The food was awful. I loved the bread though. We paid triple what we would pay at the Olive Garden for disgusting food. The server was rushing us, and when we declined on the wine, and asked for more bread he gave us a dirty look and made a rude comment to a coworker. The owner is not much better! He rushes the customers and is just strange. the manager ( i am assuming he was a manager) was real weird too. He stared at us throughout our whole meal. The waiter was a jerk! The worst dining experience any of us ever had was last night at Ginos. Igave them 1 star only because this website forces you to give at least 1. Ginos isn't even worthy of 1 star though. to top it off i ended up sick shortly after eating there. I dont think i will ever be able to eat the fettaccini marc. ever again
For our anniversary we paid over 60.00 for awful food, and poor customer service, our waiter was rude. his name l**ch. i can make those dishes much better at home. was not impressed. My husband spoke with the owner when he made reservations, he seems very nice, but his crew not great and he needs an experienced chef that knows flavor.
04/26/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Made reservations for anniversary dinner. Asked if they do anything special for the occasion and told ""no, but we give a slice of cheesecake on your birthday."" Restaurant was quiet and the music was at a decent volume. However, in my book, any restaurant that has a lounge with a widescreen TV clearly visible from the dining room doesn't qualify as romantic or fine dining. The two should be screened off from each other because it takes away from the ambiance of the dining room. The food, which was mediocre, was overpriced. For $20.00 I got 8 jumbo grilled shrimp, drenched in garlic butter and a cup of bow-tie pasta with marinara sauce. The pasta tasted like it came out of a box and the sauce from a jar. The shrimp tasted good, but I don't enjoy having to peel them myself. The lawrence bread tasted good and the canolli was delicious. But overall we were not very impressed. There is no real dress code so some diners, like us, were in after five attire and others were in shorts and flip-flops. If I wanted this I'd have gone to Semolina down the street. At least there I'd get enough food to take home for lunch the next day - for half the price.
05/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ate at Gino's in 1999 before senior prom. I ordered the champagne shrimp pasta, and it was everything I was hoping for and more! It was a very romantic restaurant. They had wonderful service, with servers treating us as respectful adults even though we were teenagers. My husband and I (who was my prom date) returned to Gino's in September 2002 for a special dinner. It was that night at dinner when my husband propsed. The atmosphere was perfect. Our waiter even brought us a complimentary Tiramisu dessert to celebrate.
The food is worth the prices. The service is personal and excellent. Gino's is the best Italian restaurant in Baton Rouge. I live in Mississippi now, but whenever I am in town I love to eat at Gino's.
04/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I read the fist two reviews on this page for Gino's before making my reservation and going there to dine, so I had a preconcieved notion of what the place would be like. I was pleased when ithe positive notions of the article turned out to be true also, of my experience. The atmoshpere is very dark, but this is also true of many Italian restaurants of the same caliber of Gino's, in which I have dined. I was not surprised or offput by the lighting, but if you are bothered by dining sans luce, then be fore-warned. The waiter was courteous, and professional, and he immediatley got our drink orders and told us of the dinner specials and got our order in quickly. I asked about bread before the meal and was reminded by our server about the Lawrence bread that a previous reviewer had praised. It would have been a different meal without the rolls dipped in garlic-butter and sprinkled with shaved cheese(possibley Romano or Parmesan) and warmed in the oven, so I am glad I remembered..Get the Lawrence Bread! My dinner partner had the Veal Piccata which I regretably did not taste . She said it was excellent. I had the veal parmesan, breaded and covered with a marinara and cheese, served with a side of pasta , with a different tomato sauce. I almost always order this dish when first dining at an Italian place when I see it on the menu. We arrived right before the dinner rush , and our food was out quickly and was piping hot. The breading was a bit heavy on my entree', I believe that Veal is delicate and needs a light coating so you do not disguise the flavor and tenderness of the meat. The breading was also a bit too well done probably pan -fried for a little too long. But other than that it was very good. Good over-all flavor, appearance and quality. The marinara was good, a nice garlic presence, and sweet basil flavours also. There was a nice amount of cheese on the Veal. Some people may not like a thick layer of cheese, but I do. Tiramisu was great! Good food and good value
11/17/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Gino's should be great, they are pretty much the only home-grown, non-chain Italian restuarant in town. The good is good, not brilliant. They crabmeat pasta aappetizer is great, but very rich. The veal they serve is tender, but not the best baby veal I've eaten by far. Anarachi is excellent.
My rub with Gino's is that they are trying to flip the tables -- example:
Visit 1 - Walked in and heard the owner yelling at the waiters to rush the early dinners -- ""get them out"" -- this is when I walked in with a 6:30 reservation (feel the love)
Visit 2 - We were asked 3 times before out cocktails arrived to place our order. I had placed part of my appetizer to the side, because I was afraid that my meal would come out before I could finish it (as happend) -- the bus boy tried to take this plate 4 times while I was eating, and finally asked ""when was I going to give it up?""
Visit 3 - The table next to me was waiting for 2 of it's 4 numbers for about 5 minutes -- the waiter came twice and asked if they wanted to place their order and not wait on the other folks.
On every visit -- our appetizers came out whenever they were ready, nothing was served together.
07/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
As the waiter was walking away after taking our orders he asked if anyone would would like bread. I stated that I would like bread. He made no mention at any time that the bread was $3.00 a piece for a small pistolet. I did not ask for 3 baskets of bread and keep it coming but that is what I got and a bill for $50! I will never eat there again.
03/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Y'all need to try the Laurence bread. It's the bomb, y'all. Like the veal parmesan. Usually like the spaghetti and meatballs, y'all, but last time, the balls were fried to a crisp and uneatable. The service is sub par, but for Baton Rouge about average. Considering your options here, y'all, you may as well go.
08/07/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Fantastic Italian food! I highly recommend the Laurence bread (pistolettes w/parmesan and olive oil) and the Laurence salad (w/shrimp and artichoke hearts). The veal dishes are excellent and the filet pizzaiola is my favorite entree. A very romantic atmosphere, dimly lit and great for dates or anniversaries. Excellent service as well.