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Gino's Sicilian Express
12 W. Figueroa St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 962-9442

  • Category: Pizza
  • Chef: Gino & Loren
  • Price: $10 - $20
  • Serving: Lunch & Dinner
  • Reservations: No
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Reviews by the General Public

Good Pie
Reviewer: Veronica from Santa Barbara, CA
These guys know how to cook a pie. The Entire crust was perfectly done, the body of the pie was firm, and the distribution of toppings was professional. These guys know how to cook a pie. [and i do love the staff too]

More than I expected
Reviewer: Jeremy from Santa Barbara, CA
First time eating here and gotta say more than I expected from a whole in the wall pizza joint. Seriously the best pizza I've had in Santa Barbara. Just gained a customer for life.

Customer service is just as good as the service :)
Reviewer: Glenn from Santa Barbara, CA
Not even Scott. There is usually a guy throwing pies and heating slices and a girl taking orders. EVERY time, I get greeted, served a hot slice, asked how my pizza is, and thanked when I leave. To me that equals excellent customer service without being "over served". The pizza is top notch and the workers clearly take pride in the restaurant and food.

Gone downhill since the owner?
Reviewer: Spencer from Santa Barbara, CA
Are you writing this review 10 years late? Gino has moved on to open restaurants in Ventura and Camarillo and the restaurant has been in the more than capable hands on then-manager-now-coowner Loren for over 7 years.

Gone downhill
Reviewer: Scott from Santa Barbara, CA
Just avoid this place. Geno's has gone downhill since the owner stopped working there. The staff are poorly trained and very rude. The food has also taken a turn for the worse. I used to love this place but its terrible now :(

Cold and late
Reviewer: Mike from Santa Barbara, CA
Phone call...was that East or West? East? Um there right away. 20 minutes later to travel six blocks and an hour after we had ordered, the pizza arrived. I knew what it would be, and it was. Cold and sad, but we ate it.

They are open Sunday
Reviewer: Spencer from Santa Barbara, CA
Just wanted to commented saying that they are definitely open Sunday, opening at 12:00 and closing at 6:00 or 7:00.

To the below below
Reviewer: alex from Santa Barbara, CA
I was there this Sunday at 1:15 after I went out and saw the Destroyer. They were open. Both Savoy and Norton's were closed. The guy that used to make my panini's during lunch hour never used to do that, but I will ask for it from now on.

lettuce on panini
Reviewer: summer from Santa Barbara, CA
Ginos has made their paninis with the lettuce and tomatoes put on first forever. I always ask them to put it on after and its never a problem.

to the below
Reviewer: kitty from Santa Barbara, CA
they are not open on sunday

Lettuce in the oven?
Reviewer: alex from Santa Barbara, CA
Don't get me wrong, I love Gino's and think their panini deal is AMAZING. But this Sunday... not so much. I haven't been in a couple months, and this weekend there was a girl I didn't recognize making the food. She put the panini with the lettuce and tomato into the oven, so when I got the panini the lettuce was wilted and slimey. Who puts lettuce in the oven? Anyways, I hope she gets some training or figures out that you don't put the lettuce in the oven, you add it after.

East Coast
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Yeah really good points Adam, now we can't stereotype youse people which I almost did after reading some other reviews! It seems like Pizza is a religion on the East Coast. I never really grew up with it and grew up with Rusty's styles. I've tried to keep an open mind though on other cuisines. I like the NY style and think Paesano's is a better bet than this place. Sal's Pizza is also I believe the same style(you tell me) and is good too. A really greasy pepperoni with no other toppings just did not do it for me here but maybe I'll try something else if I ever go back. Other people who grew up in this area have the same affinity for Rustys. Its interesting that Giovanni's took the best place this year, which I feel is more of a crossover towards the NY style(not all the way you would probably argue but definitly towards a more Italian style pizza) and I really like Giovannis. I think John should start a Fav Pizza style News Entry so these things can be discussed in more real time! From watching food challenges on TV it looks like Chicago and NY are both equally religious! Challenges I have seen Chicago has won(sorry)! Some places in town have more of a "Chicago style" but I'm sure don't go as deep as some would like. The whole foldover NY style is fun. Brian Regan has a funny bit about his East Coast college roommate wanting to go halves on a "pie" and went on to think he wanted a dessert pie, what is the proper name you use for dessert pies?

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