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Published January 25th 2021
New dine at home takeaway option by celebrity chef
It wasn't long after Gino D'Acampo's swish new eatery in Birmingham city opened that the first lockdown took hold.
Nearly a year later and with a wave of various restrictions preventing the lavish Italian, My Restaurant, from being able to take bookings, TV chef Gino has now resorted to a new takeaway eat at home service. Here's a review of the Ginodacampo2go takeaway service to see what you can expect.
Glamorous photos of an array of Gino's well-known dishes are part of an easy online ordering system with delivery included for within 5 miles of the restaurant in Temple Row, or pick up required if not.
At the Ginodacampo2go website, there's plenty of choice from breads and olives to a selection of starters, pizzas, pasta dishes, main courses of meat, fish and vegetarian along with a couple of desserts. There's more savoury than sweet if anything.
Through January, Gino's My Restaurant is offering 25% off when spending £45 or more, but it will be back to the usual prices by the time you reach Valentine's Day.
There are also offers like Mum and Dad's Night Off for £40 that includes two mains and sides and two kids meals and a special Sunday Lunch offering for the day of rest.
Plumping for antipasti of Arancine (£8.50), the crispy mushroom risotto balls were filled with gooey mozzarella and accompanied with a slightly spicy red pepper sauce. Alongside it, we had Crispy Cod Bruschetta (£9.50) and both starters transported me quickly back to the days when fine dining and sharing such high-quality food in a bistro were taken for granted.
There's a range of Bruschettas on offer like King Prawn (£9.50) or for something different, you have the likes of Northern Italian Vegetable Soup (£6.95) or Calamari (£8.95). Picking from the extensive menu is part of the fun - remember those days of perusing a menu inside a restaurant?
There's nine choices of pizzas catering for all tastes(from £11.25), salads if you want to stay healthy and authentic pasta and risotto dishes.
I tried the Mammas Chicken Risotto (£13.25) that was packed with flavour, as was the Ravioli with Ham and Ricotta (£12.75) that mingles in pieces of spicy Calabrian Sausage with sun-dried tomatoes and will have you licking the plate - there's one advantage to the etiquette of eating at home.
Mains are split between the more unusual My Speciality Grill choices that include Veal Chop, Swordfish and Lamb Cutlets and an array of Steaks (from £21) or more customary favourites of Lasagna, Meatballs, Sea Bass (£19.95) or even Crispy Duck with a Cherry and Red Wine Sauce (£18.75).
Sides are extra but large enough portions to share, whether it is choosing between truffle cheese fries, regular or courgette fries, or garlic and chilli soaked spicy spinach and more, all around £4.50 for an amble portion.
I tried the duck with green beans in balsamic dressing and garlic and roast new potatoes that had the added flourish of peppers, garlic and rosemary for a distinguished and memorable meal that adds a touch of decadence to the routine of staying in.
There may be fewer dessert options but what there is, is mighty fine. There are five puddings (£6.95 each) to pick from including a cheese plate but whatever you do, don't miss out on the Chocolate and Hazelnut Cheesecake. It's simply divine gooiness that tastes like soft whipped Nutella. Lick your lips fantastico.
A must-have chocolate dessert. The chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake
The Tiramisu is creamy and boozy, while the Cherry and Amaretto Tart with a side scoop of mascarpone cream is deliciously crumbly and also not that sweet, so perfect for those that don't have a sweet tooth. There's also a Chocolate Fondant stuffed with chocolate truffles and again with mascarpone cream.
What Gino D'Acampo 2 Go does offer at this time of lockdown is the chance to savour exquisite restaurant cooked food. Indulge on the sofa or dress it up on fancy plates for a fine dining experience a la home. Ideal for special occasions, romantic meals or even just a pick me up during these strange times.
It feels more refined than an average takeaway and arrives beautifully boxed up in paper cartons, ready to eat or heat up if the food has had a longer journey.