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“Excellent food and service”
Review of Ginali's

Ginali's
Ranked #21 of 362 Restaurants in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Sussex, UK
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

As a group of four, eating at Diva's one night we were looking for something different the following night but as we wandered around Ginali's seemed the best of what was on offer. The restaurant was not very full, but why that was we could not understand. The cooking was as good as at Diva's and the service was better (or rather, more consistent). Having eaten at both we can't understand why Diva's is #1 and this is almost 20 places lower. Marion B must have come on a night when the chef was having an evening off as the starters, main courses and desserts were all first rate.

It's easy to miss this restaurant as it stands back from the main shopping street but do try it out.

Put it this way. Had we been staying longer in Poole we would have gone back to have another meal at Ginali's rather than Diva's. One advantage of Ginali's is the size of the restaurant. There is a decent space between tables in what seems to be a converted Georgian-style town house.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely food”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We came across this restaurant by accident on our first trip to Poole. We chose not to have starters and went straight into the main course having had no prior knowledge at what to expect.
I ordered the chicken in mushroom and white wine sauce and was not disappointed. The portion was large and was served with crisp roasted vegetables and new potatoes. My partner had the Calzone (his favourite). This was also a good portion and very tasty. The staff were very friendly and cheerful, a lovely restaurant.
We were seated at a small table at the bottom of the stairs, which was not ideal, but as we had not booked in advance can not really complain. The atmosphere, the quality of the food and the reasonable bill more than made up for this blip.

Visited May 2013
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uk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wow a little gem”
Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

Booked here based on trip advisor reviews .. Was not at all disappointed .. Lovely little Italian restaurant .. Service fabulous was not rushed at all or left too long .. We had starters fabulous mixed meats so good and large I struggled to eat my main course of pollo penne which was a shame as it was delicious .. My husband had a fabulous steak.. Other people ordered the puddings which looked fantastic but we were so full ... Only criticism would be they need table cloths as it looked a bit cafe ish which it isn't ... Top tip : order garlic bread ,best we've ate for years ... Will go again when next in Poole

  • Visited May 2013
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poole
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“very bad !!!”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

been there the first time today and never will go back. the pizza was horrible and the past carbonara was very bad !!! maybe they should try the one from the Jamie Oliver cooking book. much better! the pizza was overloaded with cheap meet and the pizza base was soggy. i bet in the kitchen was not an italien chef !!! never had such a bad experience in an ital. restaurant

  • Visited May 2013
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Verwood, Dorset
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“What value! Great food, great service, the bill was a joy!”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

How often do you go into a town centre restaurant with chandeliers, feed 3 people and walk back back out fully sated and with change from £20? Not often.

At Ginali's, my partner, son and I had a top notch lunchtime deal that was fantastic value. You'd think with lunchtime prices they'd skimp on the portions, but no, all 3 of us ate portions that I wouldn't have minded for an evening meal. With quantity also came quality, the food was tasty, hot and well presented.

Add to that an attentive yet unobtrusive service, I think we have a winner!

Thank you Ginali's - please move from Poole nearer to Verwood, we'll be in weekly! Top notch.

  • Visited May 2013
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