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US$24 - US$54
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Italian, Mediterranean
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 August 2019

We ate in many restaurants in Ceglie Messapica, all great apart from Da Ginos. A big mistake the dilapidated signage should have warned us away. The restaurant itself is large and airy and there were a number of Italian families already there. We got the...impression the owner is very much stuck in his ways, somewhere between the 70’s/80s. There was one menu in a clear pasta jar between us, in Italian only which is not a problem (we are in Italy after all) but difficult to read in that format and translate. Anyway we shouldn’t have bothered as Gino appeared after our drinks and whether we wanted it or not we were having his antipasti (no opportunity to order Primi or Secondi). We were ok with that, having enjoyed this tradition in many Ceglie restaurants, but this was the worst selection so far. Mainly vegetarian which is fine but completely tasteless apart from the cheese sauce in a bowl (you have been warned) We sat around waiting to order another course as didn’t want to appear rude, but with just a single waiter we had to eventually give up and pay the bill and picked up take away pizzas on the way home. I rarely write reviews, and even more rarely bad ones. We went to Da Ginos as it was close to our villa and due to the positive recommendations on Trip Advisor. I just can’t understand how the reality for us was so very different.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 27 January 2019 via mobile

Visited the restaurant on a very cold Saturday night. I had booked a table which was very kindly reserved for me close to the open wood fire which is in the centre of the restaurant. A warm welcome from the host, Gino. The restaurant had...a very warm atmosphere and is decorated with with beautiful fixtures and fittings, some recycled from local artefacts. We ate the antipasti which were a bit different from the normal offerings, comprising largely of local products accompanied, by sauces and cheeses. There were some very interesting dishes including deep fried leaves, which were excellent. Didn’t have room for a prima or seconda piatta, so finished with some ice cream and local biscuits. With a bottle of wine the bill was under €40 which was excellent value for money in my opinion. I would highly recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 July 2018 via mobile

We ended here for a lunch after a tip from a local guide, who even arranged with the owner to have the place open a bit earlier than usual for us because our three starving (read: cranky) children. The antipasto here is worth a trip...itself, we ordered everything and truly got it, about a dozen antipasti, each better than the last! The kids loved the place because the staff is very child-friendly and despite the Michelin-guide recommendations this is clearly a family place, they’ve even got a childrens playroom at the trullo in the back of the restaurant. The price is really not that bad considering the quality, you’d expect more expensive from a place this good.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Restaurant Da Gino in Ceglie Messapica is the best choice to taste the real flavours of Puglia. We have been having lunch there for 35 years and every 6 months we can't miss this opportunity! It is possible to eat in the bright rooms looking...at a beautiful garden or in the warm surrounding rooms. In general, the environment is calm and relaxing. There is also an area for children with toys, situated in a real trullo. The waiters and Gino, the owner, are really kind and nice. The food is amazing. The  real Puglia's recipes are based on vegetables collected directly from the close countryside. It seems an advertisement, but it isn't. Da Gino will be our favourite restaurant forever!More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Went there for a christening party with our friends and their Italian family. We ate a preordered menu but as always: Italians love antipasti! Cheese, meat, bread, vegetables and many more! Definitely ate too much! Pasta and Meat afterwards. Also very good, but way behind...the antipasti! Wine was opened in front of us, waiters always available!More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Had a lovely dinner here. Short simple menu. We shared the anti pasti and the kids had pasta. Pasta was great but the anti pasti was wonderful. Simple and rustic it relied on the great ingredients and everything was delicious. There wasn't much meat which...made a refreshing change and we enjoyed the multitude of vegetable dishes. The highlight perhaps being the tempura figs. Add a great bottle of organic rose and it was a memorable meal. Great service and interesting decor. Top placeMore

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

What a find! We had the mixed antipasti for 2 and I thought they was never going to stop bringing dishes out! We must of had 20 different dishes, all were amazing. Gino was so attentive truly caring that you enjoyed the meal. Felt like...a true family run restaurant. Oh I forgot to mention the gorgeous house red!More

Date of visit: October 2015
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Reviewed 27 August 2015

Da Gino is famous for its vegetables.. and it is understandable! We had an antipasti for 2 (mainly vegetables and some cheeses), some grilled meat (lamb chops, sausage, porc), wine and one dessert of the day and a digestive for less than 50 euros... The...restaurant was full but Gino was taking care of all the tables with the same "simpatico" attitude. I would have stopped at the antipasti if I had not been curious on the rest of the menu!More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed 8 August 2015

Having dinner at Gino's is experiencing the real tastes of Puglia terriotry. From the entry to the last dish we appreciated the ingredient genuineness. WE had an abundant entry with lot of herbs and typical region products. THe orechhiette with porcellana were incredible. Everything is...served with accuracy and attention to the hosts. Good job to Gino and his wife Vita! THank you for the hospitality!More

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed 31 May 2015

so this was sort of a weird experience. Our airbnb host called his dentist for a recommendation for restaurant and he suggested this and then up and made us a dinner reservation. Meanwhile I had a recommendation for what turned out to be an amazing-looking...restaurant also in this town, so I wanted to dine there for dinner, so we ended up having lunch at Da Gino's instead so as to not be rude. (sadly I was unable to get a dinner reservation at the other place, which was just gorgeous and the food was supposed to be amazing). So after driving around forever trying to find Da Gino's (GPS failing miserably) we finally find the place and it is essentially empty but for two men at one table and one at another. The owner is enthusiastic to greet us. We thought there was out door dining and there wasn't, which was disappointing as it was a lovely day. We sit down, and then the own just puts the full court press on us to order his antipasto. I mean he would not take no for an answer. It was downright strange. I "get" that it might be amazing antipasti but we didn't want that much food! We wanted to just get a primi and that was it. He was actively irate with us that we would not order the antipasto. Then he had the waiter bring out two things that are on the antipasto platter I guess maybe to entice us? Or to prove that it was excellent? My Italian is by no means fluent so clearly there were translational issues going on but honestly, we just did not want the antipasto platter!!! After that it sort of cast a pall on the meal--he was annoyed, the waiter lost his zeal for serving us. meanwhile I then just wanted a glass of white wine. They tell me they don't have glasses of white wine, only red. So I said, no, that's fine, I"ll just stick with water. next thing you know they bring out this huge pitcher full of red wine. It was a really strange meal--kind of became our running joke for the rest of the trip.More

Date of visit: May 2015
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  • Da Gino is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4