A Dinner at Gino’s

This post is a little bit a lot different from what I normally do here. There are no bikes, hikes, woods, critters, gravel roads, or miles–junk or otherwise–involved here. There are photos though.

My family and I recently did an overnight trip down to Grand Rapids to celebrate a week that included my 46th birthday and our 20th wedding anniversary. My wife got us a swank hotel room for free with some hotel points accrued through her business travels, I got us some tickets for a Grand Rapids FC match, and we set out for a quick 24 hour trip with our son.

There were a number of brewpubs and restaurants in Grand Rapids that we would have loved to have checked out, but since we were traveling with our 13-year-old son, who is also a notoriously picky eater and we were on a tight schedule, we figured something like pizza would make everyone happy. 

Somehow my wife stumbled upon Gino’s Pizza when looking up restaurants on her phone. It sounded low-key and good. So we ducked and dodged our way through some narrow streets, somehow found a parking place and went for some food at Gino’s.

It is indeed low-key and no frills. There are but a few tables inside, and it’s apparent that not many folks eat in. However, the pizza smelled great and the man behind the counter (also the owner) was super friendly. Right across the street was a Papa John’s, that made me want to give this family owned pizzeria our money even more!

When I attempted to order us an 18″ pie, the owner told me about the 18″ Gino’s Special, I was easily swayed. I mean it’s obvious that an 18″ 3 topping pizza, bread sticks, and a 2 liter of pop are just what my beer drinking dad bod needed. But like I always say “There’s no such thing as too much pizza.” Of course, I say that about beer, hamburgers, chicken wings, pasta, and burritos too.

He got our pie in the oven and then brought us over some paper plates, napkins, plastic forks, and styrofoam cups. See, no frills, but it was all good. He chatted with us, told us how his dad had owned the place before him, and how his kids both help in the shop too. It was nice to get some background and know that you’re eating in a place owned by a people who care more about family tradition and their pizza than they do franchises and Stupid Bowl commercials.

The best was yet to come when he brought out the huge 18″ pie. It was awesome pizza, and we I had plenty of leftovers to take back to the hotel to munch on after the game.

I would totally go back to Gino’s Pizza the next time I’m in Grand Rapids, it was some of the best pizza I’ve had in a long time. However, the next time I would also make a point to stop in at Harmony Brewing that, unbeknownst to me, was on the street right behind Gino’s!

Here’s a little photo essay of our dinner at Gino’s that I shot with my old Canon s95.

Thanks for looking.

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Things got a bit silly when B took over the camera…

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After a quick trip to the hotel to check in we headed to the Grand Rapids FC match. Note: The shot below of The Grand Army was taken with my Fuji X-T1.

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