A new establishment is all the rage in Mile End: Gino’s Negroni & Lasagna. The concept, very simple but effective, appeals to fans of generous lasagnas and well-executed negroni.
The restaurant, open since December 13, was imagined by the couple Glorindo Clara and Lara Ghenem. Having already had experience in restaurants in Lebanon, this is his first project in Montreal. The family is also well involved: the owner’s mother and sister help behind the bar and in the kitchen respectively and Glorindo Clara’s cousin, a chef in Sicily, helped create the menu.
All the dishes and cocktails on the short menu have been carefully considered. The establishment offers three choices of lasagna: Gino’s, with meat, Alla Norma lasagna, with eggplant, and a vegan and gluten-free lasagna, which gives pride of place to dried tomatoes and mushrooms. As for starters, there is a salmon carpaccio and its lavender and basil pesto, tuna tartare or even burrata, served with olives and avocado cream.
The place is ideal for a romantic dinner or a aperitivo between colleagues. To accompany our drink, some appetizers: taralli pugliesi, viola-galla potato chips, roasted almonds – all made in house. If you want a sweet finish, treat yourself to a Bavarian, a semifreddo or a tiramisu.
Obviously the negroni are the stars of the cocktail menu. The establishment offers a wide selection, and even a non-alcoholic negroni. You can also try one of Glorindo’s alcoholic creations, the Sharkerato, the Latina or the Mela e sambuco spritz, which go hand in hand with the starters.
No need to break the bank for an evening at Gino’s. Lasagna costs $16, starters, $14.99, and negroni, $13. Another particularity is that the owners want to ensure efficient service. “We want fast service, but in a refined environment,” explains Lara Ghenem. In fact, we feel like we are in a speakeasywith the lights dimmed and the music loud, while dishes and negronis flock to the tables.
Another nod to the family, the name of the restaurant is a tribute to the owners’ son and Glorindo’s father. We therefore feel very welcome at Gino’s, and what could be better than a lasagna and a negroni to feel comforted in this winter season!
4639, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal