We all opted for the set lunch menu - very reasonably priced at 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 for £15.95. The menu is limited (a good sign) and everything is freshly prepared. Their meat is locally sourced and the family running the place are Italian through and through. So.. to the food..
To start, I went with the Caprese Sorrentino - using mozzarella made by the family's cousin (and incidentally a friend of ours). The combination of gorgeously creamy cheese and ripe vine riped tomatoes with the big fresh basil leaves was perfection. When the ingredients are such high quality, the simplicity of this dish can be breathtaking.
Our table also ordered the Arrancini Siciliani - creamy, cheesy and perfectly crisp on the outside. Just like they should be. I really like arancini and often order it out but so often its a disappointment. Overcooked rice and oily exterior.
For my main I had the Bistecca alla Griglia. A 6oz rib eye steak chargrilled and served with garlicky spinach and the most delicious mushrooms. Its hard to explain but the steak just tasted Italian. Despite being thin cut pieces, both mine and my brothers were cooked perfectly medium rare.
Gino's are well known for their pizza - so much so that they appear on Shortlist's search for the UK's best pizza with 5 stars - alongside the fabulous Oscar & Rosies in Nottingham. This pizza was delicious, simplicity on a plate. fluffy light base, rich tomato sauce and a spicy salami. My mum went for the Pollo Milanese - chicken in crispy breadcrumbs with parsley and butter. I've eaten some disaster milanese in my time - burnt, over cooked and dry but the bit I tried was delicious. Moist chicken and a flavourful coating.
You know dear readers that I take the pot belly for the greater good and this lunch was no exception. I went for the Gelato Italiano - two scoops of delish choc and vanilla ice cream. My bro went for the Pannacotta which came with a red berry puree and fruits. Although we all thought it was a little too firm, the flavour was spot on.
If you want good authentic Italian food around Quorn & Loughborough, go to Gino's. The lunch menu is really reasonably priced and the pizza is better than anything you'll get at the chains. Its not often I'm so gushy but this place was super impressive. I'm just waiting for someone to take me back there on a romantic date so I can enjoy their evening menu!
Gino's Pear Tree is in Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire. Visit their website here and find them on facebook here.
*Gino's Pear Tree did not know that I was reviewing and we paid for our meal in full*