This is why we mostly frequent Chinese restaurants where you can practically yell at the top of your voice and it would barely be heard over everybody else.
In my mind, European restaurants were all super sophisticated and, therefore, near silent where conversation is kept to a hush and the only sound that should be heard is the occasional clinking of wine glasses.
Chinese food is about atmosphere. That, and the ability to talk about anything you want and not be overheard.
I was overjoyed to find that Gina's (or, GINA'S) Italian Kitchen prided themselves on atmosphere and absolutely delighted to see their tag line:
"You want quiet darling? Then you'll have to go elsewhere because we don't do quiet."
And with Jason's recommendation of their food, immediately booked a table for three for the night.
|Classic Bellini and Kiwi Bellini - $10.50 each|
|Pizza Garlic Bread - $10.00|
|Tre Funghi Pizza - $24.00|
with rosemary & truffle oil. If there's one thing that Italians do better than anybody else, it's making pizzas. The base is similar to the pizza garlic bread we had before and the earthy taste of mushrooms was perfectly offset with the rich truffle oil.
|Tagliata di Manz - $30.50|
Jason opted for a grilled scotch steak with a side of chunky fries and salad. The steak was cooked a little rare for his liking but was well seasoned and went very well with its sides.
|Fettuccine Mari o Monti - $25.00|
If you want to experience authentic Italian food with amazing atmosphere, or if you want to talk about secret things without fear of being overheard look no further than Gina's Italian Kitchen.
Gina's can be found at 101 Symonds St, Auckland, New Zealand.
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