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Restaurant: Gino’s Primo Pizza, San
Where: 717 W. Las Tunas, San Gabriel
Phone: (626) 576-5945
Reservations: Not required
Cocktails: Beer and wine
Service: Counter and delivery
Outdoor Dining: No
Credit Cards: No but there’s an ATM on
Kid’s Menu: No
Senior Discount: Yes
Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 11 – 9, Fri. 11 –
10, Sat. Noon – 9, Sunday 4 – 8pm, open early on Sundays during football
Food to Go: Yes
Catering Menu: Yes
$1.15 - $20.50
Gino's is on Las Tunas in San Gabriel
Keelan ordered his salad with extra ranch dressing
Antipasto salad is fresh, and chock full of meat and cheese
Lasagna is vegetarian lasagna, be forewarned
Custom pizza, pre-oven
Custom pizza, cooked
DOT COM DINING A Look At San
Gabriel Valley Restaurants by SanGabrielValleyMenus.com
Gino’s Primo Pizza in San Gabriel
Goes Way Beyond Pizza
By Bill Coburn
A twenty year San Gabriel pizza tradition, Gino’s
Primo Pizza is not your typical pizza place. Current owner Joe Harvey is a big
sports fan, and that can be seen all over the walls. There are a couple
hundred pictures of (mostly LA) sports figures hanging on the wall, both current
and past. Pictures of Drysdale and Koufax, Garvey, Cey, Lopes and Russell,
Reggie Smith, etc., share wall space with Eric Gagne. Golf, basketball, and
baseball are well covered, with Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Kareem, etc.
among the basketball shots. One of the more interesting pictures to me was a
shot of Ty Cobb and Shoeless Joe Jackson posing with their bats. One thing my
wife noticed, though, was that it is definitely male dominated, with only one
female picture hanging, of current tennis ace Maria Sharapova. Even so, it was
really interesting to see all the pictures, and think back to the moments some
of them occurred.
But Gino’s isn’t just about sports, even if there
are two big screens, and they open early on Sundays during the football season.
There’s good food, too. We’ve eaten there a couple times now, and enjoyed
ourselves (and the food) on both occasions. This week, I had the baby back
ribs, and, because we hadn’t tried any sandwiches off the menu, I also ordered a
beef sandwich called the Roast Beast, which consists of freshly sliced roast
beef, melted cheese, and grilled onions piled high on their homemade garlic
bread. Katie ordered the Chicken Cacciatore, a new menu item that includes
onions, bell peppers and mushrooms in a white wine or marinara sauce. She asked
for mostaciolli, and no bell peppers. Keelan ordered the lasagna. At Gino’s,
you can order your pasta a la carte (with garlic bread only), or as a dinner
(with garlic bread and a salad). Keelan ordered his meal as a dinner, with a
green salad, and Katie ordered hers a la carte, but got a side of antipasto
salad. Both Katie and Keelan enjoyed their salads, very good sized portions,
and the antipasto filled with lots of meat and cheese.
My ribs were quite good, nice and meaty, with a
delicious sauce, kind of sweet. The Roast Beast was also a treat, and when I
managed to get my mouth around this great big sandwich, I was surprised at how
the bread just collapsed into my mouth, nice and soft. The beef was tender and
lean, and the garlic bread really made it a good combination of tastes.
Katie enjoyed the Chicken Cacciatore, noting there
were plenty of chunks of white meat chicken, and they didn’t skimp on the onions
or mushrooms either. She described the sauce as “tasty” and having tried some
of it, as well, I concur. Keelan was a little disappointed with his lasagna,
not because of it its taste, but because of the ingredients, or lack of one. I
don’t think Keelan had ever had a vegetarian lasagna before, and so when he
discovered there was no meat in his lasagna, he didn’t really understand why
not. But he ate most of it anyway, and I expect he’ll pay a little more
attention to the menu next time he’s ordering lasagna.
In the past, we’ve had the cheese sticks, which came
with a tasty marinara sauce. Keelan really liked the pepperoni pizza, and even
noticed that the crust was almost bread-like, but with a sweetness to it. I
have tried and enjoyed the Chicken Florentine, with chunks of chicken breast
sautéed in Gino’s own homemade alfredo sauce, with fresh spinach and romano
cheese. We’ve also enjoyed the fried chicken, with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Gino’s has a nice variety of hot and cold
sandwiches, most of them under $4 for the small, and under $6.00 for the large.
They offer daily lunch specials, including a 6” sandwich with soup or salad for
under $5.00, or a sandwich with fries, again, under $5.00. Lunch specials also
include a spaghetti special, a lasagna special, a manicotti special, and a
ravioli special, all with meat sauce and garlic bread. There’s even a
Primoburger special. All of the lunch specials are under $6.00.
Another nice feature on the menu is the family pasta
meal feasts section, though these specials are no longer limited to pasta.
Spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna and mostaciolli/broccoli feasts come with 4 orders
of the pasta, a large salad, a pitcher of soda or a 2-liter soda and 8 pieces of
garlic bread. There’s also a fried chicken feast, a ribs feast, and a chicken
and ribs feast. Next time you’re having a family gathering, keep these big
meals in mind. And if you’re having a party, check out their catering menu,
which features sandwiches, salads, pastas and more, all at reasonable prices.
You can check out the menu for Gino’s Primo Pizza at
www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/ginosprimopizza. And while you’re there, you
might want to download one of the coupons, new customers can get a pizza for
half off with purchase of a pizza, or $3.00 off a large pizza, or $2.00 off a
Coburn is owner of SanGabrielValleyMenus.com, a restaurant website featuring
more than 150 restaurant menus, as well as downloadable coupons. He has nearly
20 years experience in the restaurant business, and has been eating for much
longer than that.