Wine Dine and Play: Gino’s Bar and Restaurant

Gino’s Bar and Restaurant

Genial Old School Italian Eatery
Tampa, Florida
Dined in December 2016
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)

Going to a large restaurant no matter if it is a chain or one store front, nothing beats going to a tiny mom and pop restaurant, so tiny they only have two or three parking spaces, and no webpage to advertise with except Facebook. I’m talking about Gino’s Bar and Restaurant, a Tampa staple since 1937. Now they do have a weblink on their Facebook page but it takes you to a weird menu page where some of it is in German and who knows what it is. None of that deterred my wife and I from enjoying a drink or two, and having an appetizer to pass the time.

Follow Wine, Dine, and Play:

Main review:
Though we didn’t have much from the menu, one appetizer to be exact, my wife and I enjoyed a few drinks from the bar, and as it was in between lunch and dinner the crowd was small. That did not stop us from having an enjoyable experience. We were in this area dropping our dog off at the vets, and my wife had been here to Gino’s before. We parked towards the back of the building near the garbage cans as space was limited, and they were sharing the building with other businesses.

The menu is typical to a small bar and restaurant, Italian-Mediterranean themed from appetizers like bruschetta, caprese salad, gnocchi, and calamari. A Pizza section with classics like the meat lovers and bbq chicken, very typical Italian entrees, with a grouper parmigiana that sounded interesting, though too heavy for that time of the day. Assorted hamburgers, sandwiches, and wraps rounded up the menu rounded up.

As you enter, the bar is on the right side, and tables along the wall to the left, very common to the older style restaurant construction setups. The bar had wonderful old wood beam supports going from the floor up to the ceiling fanning out like the bottom side of boat type of design, which was the first striking thing that told me this would be different from the typical dive. Between the good customer service from the bar tender and the one item we did eat, it was very enjoyable. That item was the fried ravioli appetizer, a nice portion size of 12 cheese stuffed ravioli pieces, fried to a perfect golden brown and served with a marinara sauce. 

Other Noteworthy Italian-Mediterranean Favorites:
Pia’s Trattoria In Gulfport, Florida
Roberto’s Ristorante at the DIFC, Dubai, UAE
Brio Tuscan Grill in Sarasota, Florida
Pizza Republica in Centennial, Colorado
Locale in the Yarra Valley, Australia

Final notes and observations:
Though we didn’t eat much our experience was very delightful, and we will return. Over all from this experience taking the six factors I use on Wine, Dine, and Play to produce my rating, I give Gino’s a 2 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were above the average of a normal dining experience of most restaurants. The six factors used to get this rating include reviewing of their wine selections; overall customer service from host, bar, service, and management; the restaurant ambiance, noise level, lighting, and bathroom quality; plate presentation, which includes garnish, color, and art; quality of the food, where it is produced, and how it is prepared; and finally the “wow” factor. Did the restaurant wow me in any way not listed in the five factors above? Some restaurants do, but most do not. 

Overall Star rating by Wine, Dine, & Play:

6  of 10
Quality of the Food:
8  of 10
Plate Presentation:
5  of 10
Customer Service:
8  of 10
Wow Factor:
1  of 5
Wine Selection:

Other Tampa, Florida reviews on Wine, Dine, and Play:
Upscale Surf ’n’ Turf w/Butchery 
At the Hard Rock Casino
Native American Cuisine w/Barbacoa Grilling
Wine Bar + Cocktails, Charcuterie & Cheese
Industrial Gastropub @ Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant 
Events & Formal Multi-Course American Dinner Cruise
Healthy & Organic minded Cafe
Hawaiian Cuisine w/Sushi
 American Chain, Massive Menu
Hip British Themed Pub
Casual Fair
At The Westin Tampa Harbour Island
Upscale Rustic Seafood & Oyster Bar
Contemporary Vietnamese Cuisine

Gino’s Restaurant & Bar:
10006 N Armenia Ave, 
Tampa, Florida 33612

Contact Information: 

Maître d or host:
+1 813-933-1089
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time (GMT - 5:00)

11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Social Media 
Facebook link

Review basics:

5 stars
 An Extraordinary Experience
4 Stars
An Outstanding Experience
3 Stars
Exceeded Expectations
2 Stars
Above the Average Experience
1 Star
An Average Dining Experience
No Star Rating
The Restaurant is Basic, Poor, or Appalling

Overall Star Rating:
2 of 5 Stars:
Above the Average Experience
Restaurant style:
Not Required
Child policy:

The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a child’s menu or cater to them; however for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended for children not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette
Hire a Babysitter! 
Dress code:
Casual attire
Cuisine style:
Italian, Mediterranean, & Vegetarian
Rustic, and a Neighborhood gem.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Public lot
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Low, to Medium
Nonsmoking restaurant

The worlds best restaurants, based on the  
That have been visited and reviewed on this site…

Rustic New American Fare
Saint Petersburg, Florida USA
Eclectic French-Asian Tasting Menu
Sydney, Australia
Modern Eclectic African Cuisine
Woodstock, South Africa
Innovative East Meets West Menu
Cape Town, South Africa
Modern Upscale Global Plates 
(Now Called Kuneho by Paul Qui)
Austin, Texas, USA
Classic French Gastronomique
Bordeaux, France
Elegant Fine Australian Dining
Melbourne, Australia
Chic Country-Style Vineyard Restaurant
Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
Hip Asian-Fusion
Dubai, UAE
Ornate Top 10 American Chophouse 
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Haute French Cuisine
Paris, France
American-Global Molecular Menu  
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Quintessential Modern Australian Cuisine
Sydney, Australia
Impeccably Acclaimed French Cuisine 
Dublin, Ireland
French-American Fine Dining
Yountville, Napa, California, USA
High Rise Fine Global Dining, Highest Restaurant In The World
Dubai, UAE
Contemporary, African-Inspired Tasting Journey
Franschhoek, South Africa
Upscale Creole Fare
New Orlean’s, Louisiana, USA
Inventive Eclectic Tasting Menus
Ripponlea, Melbourne, Australia
Safari + Upscale African Cuisine
Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa
Creative Mediterranean Cuisine
Denver, Colorado, USA
Vibrant Pan-Indian Cuisine
Slough, United Kingdom
High-End New Zealand Fare & Bistro
Christchurch, New Zealand
Posh French Cuisine
Festival City, Dubai, UAE
Inspired Farm-to-Table Dining
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Reviewed by:
Sean Overpeck (CFE)
Picture below was taken at FOB Shank in
Afghanistan, 2012

About Sean:

I am based out of St. Petersburg, Florida working in the food service industry for the past twenty years, and am currently with the American Embassy as the Executive Chef in Basra, Iraq. Formally I have worked with groups contracting in Afghanistan, and Antarctica, also working in restaurants in and around Atlanta, Georgia prior to the wars. I have also owned a catering company and served proudly in the United States Army Food Service Program. The idea for Wine, Dine, and Play started in late 2012 after a trip to Jordan, when I was asked by friends to write down the experiences from a few Jordanian restaurants, wine from the region that I tasted, and locations of interest such as Petra. Since that time, over 250 articles have been written on restaurants, including fifteen from the worlds top 100 lists of San Pellegrino and the Elite Travelers Guide. There are articles on exotic world locations such as Victoria Falls, and South African Safari’s; food recipes & Grand Food Dictionaries; ethnic country cuisines such as Afghan, and Peruvian; tasting tours of world cities like Charleston, Cape Town, and Dubai; and of course wine from vineyards in California, Oregon, the Carolina’s, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, with much more to see and write about.

Who is John Galt?

“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)

Other articles of interest on Wine, Dine, and Play:

Shark Cage Diving in South Africa
Thanksgiving in Antarctica McMurdo, Ross Island
Afghan Cuisine Herat to Kabul
Gulfport Tuesday Market Gulfport, Florida
Peruvian Cuisine Andes to Lima
Fugitives Drift Lodge in Kwa-Zulu-Natal, South Africa 
A Taste of McMurdo Ross Island, Antarctica
Netflix Movie Codes search for your favorites
Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai, UAE
Red Hills Market in Willamette, Oregon

(coming soon) 
Petra, Jordan
A Taste of Dubai 
A Taste of South Africa vol 1 & 2
Wine, Dine, And Play’s “best of” List
FOB Shank - Cooking with Incoming

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

You may also like:

Popular Posts: