Restaurant: GEMA Pizzeria
Restaurant type: pizzeria, Italian
Prices: $9-$14 entrées, $15-$24 mains
Date: Sunday August 5th 2018
Table of: 2
My favorite dish: Mirko pizza (pizza of the month)
A few weeks back, Alex and I happened to be in Little Italy around dinner time, so we figured, why not grab a pizza from GEMA Pizzeria? Since I had heard a lot of good things about GEMA and had been wanting to try it out, I figured this was the perfect time to do so. We grabbed a seat on their cute little sunny terrasse, which was empty at 5pm (right when the door opens).
Since Alex is on anti-biotics and I had a soccer game right after, we opted to skip on the drinks and just order 2 pizzas. I chose the special pizza of the month, the Mirko pizza, with Quebec mozzarella di bufala, semi-dried tomatoes, zucchini flowers stuffed with mortadeella and bufala ricotta, crumble of pistachios and basil. The pizza was absolutely delicious and I loved every bite of it. It was nice and cheesy and the stuffed zucchini flowers were divine. I liked the crumbled pistachios, it added a nice crunch, which I wouldn’t normally have thought to put on my pasta. However, after tasting Alex’s pizza, I do think I would have preferred mine with a touch of their delicious homemade tomato sauce. I was a bit dissapointed when I asked for some spicy oil, to add some liquid to my pizza, as I was told they only make some once a year and had run out. I completely understand that you make something homemade, but it would have been nice to have been offered an easy alternative of just olive oil and some crushed peppers or something, yknow?
Alex ordered the Capricciosa pizza with tomato sauce, ham, mushrooms, red onions, marinated artichokes and Quebec mozzarella di bufala. This pizza, although not my favorite choice of ingredients, was very good too. Everything about GEMA’s pizzas is very fresh and tasty. The pizza dough itself is super, nice and thin in the middle but not soggy and nice and doughy on the crust.
After dinner, we had some room left so we decided to go next door and try GEMA’s frozen custard. Although it was good and I was explained that they use the utmost quality ingredients, it was in my opinion, which I’m entitled to, as we live in a free world, not worth $7.50. Say what you want about your ice cream, but I’m also entitled to my opinion and to me, it was not worth $7.50, especially when there are so many other people using “quality ingredients” to make their ice creams too and they are not charging that much.
Overall, we enjoyed two delicious pizzas, but I found it pricey (with tax and tip it was about $50 for two pizzas). As well, the frozen custard was way expensive. I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?
So, here is my review of GEMA Pizzeria:
Would I go back?: Yes, because the pizzas were very good, but no time soon as my budget doesn’t allow for it lol
UP NEXT: my restaurant review of Le Blossom (Beautiful and delicious Japanese restaurant in the Village)
*All photos and opinions are mine