Gino’s Pizzeria & Pub Ltd.
“Traditional hand tossed, stone baked pizza”; authentic Italian pizza doesn’t get much more authentic than it does at Gino’s Pizzeria & Pub. Located at 34 Church Street South in historical Pickering Village, Gino’s has been serving the area’s best Italian style pizza for almost a decade. The pizzeria itself has been in the same location for twenty years and was formally known as Pizza Pal’s when Gino purchased it in 2003. Firmly entrenched in the neighbourhood, the Pizza Pal’s name stayed above the doorway until Gino’s sixth year of custodianship. Wanting to put his personal stamp on his product, Gino changed the name of the pizzeria in 2009 tying the establishment closer to his own identity; his own Italian-born identity.
Gino immigrated to Canada with his parents in the 1970’s. From early childhood, food has been Gino’s passion. Gino explains what sets his pizza apart from others “everything is made in house right from the sauce and the dough; the cut vegetables… home-made hot peppers… roasted red peppers… and our sun dried tomatoes are actually sundried!” But Gino’s isn’t all pizza. You can also enjoy lasagna, hot sandwiches, wings, chicken fingers, poutine, french fries, dough balls, or panzerottis. What’s more, Gino’s is a licensed establishment with table-seating, pool tables and television sets so that you can catch the game while you sip a beverage and enjoy your food with friends. But if you’re in a rush and just craving some ‘za, Gino sells pizza by the slice for a quick bite.
Gino’s Pizzeria & Pub proudly serves all of Ajax and Pickering. While Gino has been known to deliver as far west as Altona Road, he adds the caveat that if the traffic is bad, he won’t sacrifice the quality of his product to make a delivery. “If it’s really busy in the evening, I want to make sure that if I service it, the product is going to be good and that I’m not just making the sale from it.” It is this pride of identity that, above all else, sets Gino apart from the larger chain stores. “When people come in, I won’t say it’s like my living room, because there are no couches, but when people come in, it’s almost like they are coming to my house.” After all, when it’s your name above the door, you must stand behind your product. Gino himself sums this up by simply saying, “There actually is a Gino.”
Gino’s Pizzeria & Pub Ltd.
34 Church Street South,
Ajax, ON L1S 6B3
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