Gina La Fornarina - West Side
Gina La Fornarina - West Side

Gina La Fornarina - West Side

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.gina-lafornarina.com/
  • Phone: 2125956900x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 73rd
  • Public Transit: 1,2,3 to 72nd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street or Private Lot.
A word from Gina La Fornarina - West Side
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 - West Side reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (14)fit for foodies (6)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)romantic (5)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (4)scenic view (3)good for groups (3)special occasion (2)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OK Italian Food
    zzsharon
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The service was great, the food was OK. They add 20% service to the bill! I will not come back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    katha1VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Service was a bit slow - we had to actively hunt down our waiter a few times - but everyone was pleasant and the food was great as always.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient for Dinner
    JervVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Looking for a place in that neighborhood, going to Beacon Theater. Read reviews and were pleasantly surprised by the food and the ambiance. Ate outside on a pleasant evening. Service could have been a bit better, but it was busy out there. Not a real problem. One dish came out just warm and it was sent back to be heated.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Short but Satisfying
    malofro
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I was dining solo so sitting outside and watching the New York Upper West side activity was great. Service was very attentive and my black pasta with shrimp was excellent. Less so was the watermelon and feta which just did not work well together.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique
    BillyVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    How can you be unique on the UWS? Gina La Fornarina does it. From their special cocktails, interesting pizza, wonderful main dishes to great sweets, it is one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocky
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had an excellent meal and everything was great am recommending to my friends
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charming place for a date!
    Yumyumtum
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Perfect place to spend a summer night with a date or friends over a nice bottle of wine and either nibbles or dinner. Food and wine lost are great and so is the service. And though it seems to be a busy neighborhood hot spot, it isn't too loud so you can have a civilized conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girly
    Tobay
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went with my mom and little sister and it's just the cutest place without feeling ridiculous. The food is sophisticated and really great. Get the goat cheese chopped salad! Dishes are probably large enough to split or to at least share.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EatOutOftenVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Service was slow and not particularly congenial. Food was very disappointing, and they were out of angel hair pasta special by 7PM.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay
    Cather123VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I ordered a special. They were out. So I ordered something from the regular menu. They didn't have it. By the time I figured out what to order, I was fed up. So I ordered some chicken and it was fine, but nothing exciting. The menu was interesting, but the food was not. I will go elsewhere next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TheyCameToBostonVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a very nice meal at Gina La Fornarina. Service is quick and efficient. Terrific veal-and-beef meatballs. But next time I will be sure to order the home-made pasta. I had a sample and it was also terrific. Wine list is nothing special, but you aren't paying an arm and a leg either. And do use OpenTable as this place fills up quickly around dinner time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 81 reviews are from the Gina La Fornarina - West Side reviews archive.
  • Annie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great menu. Had delicious dinner. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just another UWS Italian
    luv2cookVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It is no better or worse than many other UWS restaurants-pleasant, convenient dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RosieVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Nothing impressive about this restaurant. It is fine if you want a quick meal at a causal place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food
    smokey
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Hazelnut and Fig Angel hair was incredible and the staff was very helpful. We all loved our food so much, we cannot wait to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem on the Upper West Side
    diananyc
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My friends & I decided to definitely add this to one of our favorite restaurants. Food is great (red snapper, veal, pasta dishes ... DELISH!) And you must try the Italian cheesecake ( ... to die for!)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Surprise
    malvolio
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Stopped by for a light dinner on Memorial Day weekend and was pleasantly surprised. Antipasto Gina was a fine starter for a table of 5. Highlights were the steak tartar (spicy version,) gnocchi (pesto sauce was just alright, but gnocchi themselves were perfectly cooked little pillows) and a pizza with sweet sausage and red onions. Wine list was more than adequate for a place like this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adorable and yummy
    NYClady
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Perfect place for small gatherings (4 and under) - so pretty with fresh roses and the pink glass/candle glow on every table. The food was very tasty, service very good, (and maybe best of all - I accidentally left my iPhone on the table, and it was there being held behind the bar the next morning when I went to get it!) The only thing I might change is that the price of one glass of wine didn't correlate to the price of the food - a bit pricey. But otherwise, a lovely place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disrespectful attitude
    fwwwVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Hostess was disrespectful and did not want to honor a reservation we had arguing they'd run out of tables. This is the 2nd time I problems with this place. The first time we were seated in a table and then rude manager gave as an ultimatum of either moving to a smaller, worse table or leave. Guess there won't be a 3rd time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & wine
    Dancingdreamer
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Don't let the ridiculous pink curtains scare you away! The food is great! My husband & I have dined here twice with friends and we were all happy. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous as always
    Jkonyc
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    this restaurant never fails and is always a great find on the uws
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wasn't expecting much from
    Babybull
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Wasn't expecting much from the outside and wasn't disappointed. I like cozy and that it was however not a warm feeling. Gnoche was rather mushy although sauce (pesto) was very good. Meatballs nice. Chicken dish tasty. What's up with "no vegetable substitutions.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleased
    NYgella
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Had lunch with my adult children and we were all very pleased. Supper thin and crispy pizza, focaccia was very tasty, and the stuffed French toast with mascarpone cream was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe an "off day"
    CaroleVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I have been here for a Sunday brunch before and the service was good along with the food. This time I had a very different experience where salads were sub par, were soggy, and lacked taste. Service was not good starting with seating which was extremely cramped; my chair was wedged in where any mobility was difficult. At the end of the meal we were informed(with no apology) that the credit card processing wasn't working. We didn't have much cash but after waiting 20 minutes for the bill to be processed, we paid in cash. This was a fun neighborhood place but I doubt I will return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good neighborhood Italian.
    MaddogVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Good neighborhood Italian. Bright and crowded tables. Better for lunch. Outdoor seating in warm weather.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The waiters werent very nice
    Eater12VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The waiters werent very nice and the menu wasnt very extraordinary for the brunch but tastes were good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy 'Pink and White' Restaurant
    an1619
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    A very nice and small pretty restaurant right by Beacon Theater! A good plus was there were many food choices especially pizzas. I had the crabmeat ravioli with lemon sauce which was delicious! My friend had chicken piccata which was also good as well! We both shared the chocolate bomb dessert which was a pleasant because it was very light and it did not make us feel even more stuffed after our meal. The portions were reasonable for one person but the pizzas are good to share with the table. One huge negative was they overcharged my friend's credit card 3x. But she was able to get her refund three days after talking to the manger in person the night after we ate there. They even offered her a glass of wine while waiting which was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience!
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    My group was not disappointed! The lady who seated us immediately recognized our name from the Open Table reservations list. The ambience was perfect for what I wanted, joining up with a family member from long ago. The food was excellent, the service was great and a nice wine list. We were not rushed, the atmosphere was perfect, not too formal yet not too casual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Tight tables and sparse goat cheese on my goat cheese sala made me think this place is just fine, nothing special despite its cute name.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful pre-opera option
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I went to this restaurant with a group of 6 for lunch. The seating was a bit tight, but everything else was excellent. The bread and olive oil were of noticeably high quality, the food was delicious and fresh, and the service was just fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant for groups, or even just couples looking for a little up-scale gem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Find
    BillyVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Cozy neighborhood café with an Italian menu that wasn't typical. Service and food were excellent. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent outing but our clothing
    UWSiderVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Decent outing but our clothing smelled terribly after eating here. They need to do something about the ventilation.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gina La Fornarina
    NYCGal
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Definite neighborhood gem! Wonderful waitstaff. Nice selection of wines. And each entree was delicious! The one slice of pizza I couldn't finish was even better the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, bad service. each
    eateruwsVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    great food, bad service. each time i eat here the check is incorrect (always in their favor) -such a waste
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    We have been to this resturant many times and usually have had a good meal. Twiice the service was bad, and the last time it was horrible. We waited over 30 minutes for our food and it would have been more if I had not said something. Bread was not delivered until afetr the food was delivered and then it was because I asked for it. Portion was small.Three of the ceiling lights were blinking on and off and after all the staff stared at them for a while (instad of waiting on tables) they finally were turned off. I do not know if they were actually turned off or if they burned out. (That is reason for my checking that the ambience was poor.) We will not be going back to this restaurant for quite a while.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice, but really tight seating
    BKFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    The food at Gina La Fornarina was good, but was not memorable compared to the tight seating experience we had. The staff was very much aware that we were not thrilled with where we were seated, but didn't do anything to make the experience more bearable. There were not many options for groups of 4 or larger at this restaurant, and I was sandwiched between the table and a corner pillar. They really read to rethink their seating, as it really affected the experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gina's on Amsterdam
    suzyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    Got there a few minutes early and my table by the window was ready. The others arrived soon after and we had a nice relaxing meal, good food and wine and nobody rushed us out. The outdoor tables looked like fun but glad we ate in the relative quiet of inside. Will recommend to others and go back myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Staff was very nice, but pacing
    joyboyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Staff was very nice, but pacing was off - seemed overwhelmed by brunch crowd. Food was uneven - while tomato/mozzarella/basil panini was flavorful, poached salmon salad and prosciutto crudo panini weren't.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Private Room Downstairs
    Dogsandbooks
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    We celebrated a graduation with lunch downstairs at a big table. Excellent food, privacy - not elegant, but loads of fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience. Food was
    nycmommaVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Good experience. Food was fine, nothing special. Service was slow to start and then was intermittant. The waiter was very nice but we were somewhat ignored.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.