Gina La Fornarina - East
Gina La Fornarina - East

Gina La Fornarina - East

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gina-lafornarina.com/
  • Phone: 2125353300x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

    Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 82nd
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gina La Fornarina - East
Gina la Fornarina is an authentic Italian restaurant featuring specialty pizza and a thin and crispy focaccias filled with delicious ingredients mostly imported from Italy, and when it is possible, organic.
Pasta from all regions of Italy and delicious salads are a big part of our menu, but do not forget our daily specials, where we feature delicious fish and seasonal ingredients in our recipes
We have a liquor bar and great wines; make sure you try our antipasto platter with a bottle of wine or a carafe of our famous Sangria di Capri made with crispy pinot grigio and fresh fruit. We are always looking for the best quality & value so that we can offer our customers great products at the best price in a very welcoming ambiance.


We would love to help you celebrate your next event: at Gina we offer great party at a very smart rate.
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Gina La Fornarina - East reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.5
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (4)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (4)special occasion (4)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Noisy but Tasty
    DiningWriterVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Second Ave truck traffic rumbles by, but worth it for great food and caring service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food
    lan75VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service was extremely slow. The restaurant was not busy it took forever even to get my water fill. Food was nothing to brag about. Would not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very fun
    SweetMVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great environment, great food, great fun. One issue is the restaurant knew it was our birthday and did not go out of their way to do anything. Even though we were clearly celebrating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner with friends and family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is a great find by my daughter's new apartment. Good food and great wine. However, seats are close to each other making it a little crowded. Also, we wanted a substitute as we had a party allergic to one of the items that was part of the entree and they wouldn't make a change I found this a little upsetting. However, the food is delicious. I went back again last night with my daughter as it is very close to her apartment and a great place to have dinner together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 25 reviews are from the Gina La Fornarina - East reviews archive.
  • Solid food, pleasant service, noisy
    AnjJ
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were a group of 9 ranging from age 18 to 83. We came in at 5 for an early dinner and we were seated and served very promptly. Pastas, paninis, pizzas, calzones and salads are all solidly good. A dish sent back due to an unexpected ingredient (not the restaurant's fault if diners don't know that truffels are mushrooms :) ) was re-done without the offending ingredient and with a smile. Biggest complaint is that this place is really noisy. We were sort of half-inside and half out. Second avenue is ridiculously loud with a bus stop right out front, but even inside, this is not a place to expect quiet. There are lots of kids and loud groups of 20-somethings.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was mediocre.
    Kate47
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I went to Gina's with 3 other people, and none of the entrees were good. We had flank steak with arugula, pappardella with mushrooms, chicken piccata, and zucca ravioli. Nothing was particularly flavorful; the flank steak was tough and bland; the ravioli was way too sweet. I would not go again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SherylVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Although the restaurant looks almost like an ice cream parlor (bubble gum pink awning, lawn chair type seats), the food is very good and the service was friendly and attentive. The special burrata salad was tasty, and the sangria was boozy!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Kadi
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The food is phenomenal here. The service is just so-so, and the noise level can be REALLY high, especially since there can be a lot of kids running around. The prices are a little steep, but honestly the food is so damn good, I don't care.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Meh"
    Ieat2yaknow
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    Drinks And apps were terrific, food was bland and very, very "meh" .. The layout is cute, and the decor is tasteful, but it was a Bit loud as there were a lot of people . I loved the drinks but the food Really took a lot of points away as I require flavor, crazy me I know .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BUYER BEWARE!
    ChickieBVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    I was very disappointed... ordered a salad that normally came on mixed greens, asked for romaine instead - waiter didn't say anything. Then asked for a substitution to one of the ingredients, but the waiter said they don't do that, so I said ok. When salad came with mixed greens, I reminded waiter that I had wanted romaine - it was only then that he said they wouldn't make that substitution. Wasted money. I've never had a problem replacing lettuce (they used romaine in another salad, so I know they had it) - especially when both I and my friend asked for a different salad dressing (so I know the salads weren't pre-made). Will not go back there or to their restaurant on the West Side. This was NOT customer service, in my mind.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was just ok.
    ButternutVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    The restaurant was just ok. The waiter was very unfriendly
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding! The food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Outstanding! The food and service is always fabulous at Gina's. The fun, vibrant decor is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was there on a Sunday night,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Was there on a Sunday night, it took more than 90 minutes to get our food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is what saves this
    Kadi
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    The food is what saves this place. The food is delicious, but the service is terrible. I'll put up with it though, because finding great Italian food is harder than you'd think.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiter did notnwrite down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2012
    Waiter did notnwrite down order. Brought wrong drinks and forgot an entree. Trying to be a bit too euro. Just use a pad and pen! Otherwise it was fine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't have a bus boy seat
    PSPSVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    Don't have a bus boy seat us? Don't have 3 different servers ask if we want something to drink? Don't take one diners plate away before the other is finished. Fortunately the branzino was perfectly cooked. Saved the night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for Dining Out with Girlfriend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2012
    Small menu for an Italian restaurant. Cute place to go with girlfriends for dinner; not a great place for a date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a girls' night out
    TEHRAIYN17VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2012
    Great place for a girls' night out! Fun atmosphere, great drinks, and extensive menu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice new place
    JoeNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2012
    Small place near home is a pleasure. Pizza was good, skirt steak too. Portions are just right. The tiramasu was sublime. Not too sweet.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very cute restaurant. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Very cute restaurant. Food was good, but definitely over-priced. I've been to better Italian restaurants for less.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My new favorite restaurant!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    My new favorite restaurant!! Love the ambuance-the food is amazing and the jumbo martinis and table drinks are awesome! Will def be returning
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real neighborhood gem. Diversifie
    LouisVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2012
    A real neighborhood gem. Diversified menu. Fun, energetic crowd,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a much younger crowd
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2012
    Good for a much younger crowd - high school-aged gathering spot.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Mom took me here for my
    goodtimes
    Dined on 1/10/2012
    My Mom took me here for my 29tg birthday lunch and we had a fantastic time. The food was delicious. The service was thoughtful and allowed us to take our time to enjoy. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWFUL service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/2/2012
    This is now the second time that I have been to this restaurant and we did not even stay to eat! The first time I went the service was terrible but the food was decent and it's conveniently located for me. I decided to try again and bring my family for lunch but we were unable to check in with any host or waiter and eventually were sat by a busboy. I got up to get our menus and after waiting 20 minutes and no waiter even acknowledged us (the place was NOT busy at all) we all got up and left. The table next to us said they didn't blame us. I will not be returning to this restaurant
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2011
    The waitress kept pushing wine on our table before we even took a sip of the glass we had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, excellent service
    stevenporteraVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2011
    good food, excellent service but the noise level for Sunday early evening, was a bit too much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food with a great
    FoodieWestchesterVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2011
    Excellent food with a great menu. The Italian cheesecake is one of the best I've tasted. I only wish they had better tables and chairs but then I guess the prices would go up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bruno very knowledgeable about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2011
    Bruno very knowledgeable about wines. Service very good. food excelent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic