Our discovery of one of the best home made pizza maker, Jino’s East Pizzaria, was really unplanned.
Prior going to the island, Me-An already did her research on the places to visit, and, most especially, places to eat. Me-An wanted to try the famous Casa Napoli. However, our tour guide told us that not only was it far from where we were, but it might also be closed for the day.
The good thing was our tour guide insisted that we should try this other pizza place which is Jino’s East Pizzaria. We were hesitant at first since we thought it was Gino’s Pizza (it sounds alike), the Neapolitan-style Pizzeria from Katipunan, Metro Manila. We were very glad that we did go.
As the town proper of Batanes is relatively small, we had no problems going there. We actually went to the place by bicycle and just parked it outside.
Upon entering the place, I had an impression that it was an unassuming place. It was actually just a home’s backyard turned into a casual al fresco dining area.
It was a good decision on the part of the owners since customers can enjoy the fresh and cool breeze of the province. Yes, there are no need for air-conditioning or electric fans because the whole island during our visit was cool. It feels like spring according to Me-An.
Design-wise, it’s as simple as it can be with plastic tables and chairs. Its main decor are plants and mini-structures.
Huge mushrooms for Jino’s East Pizarria? 😉 Why not?
There is also a swing near the entrance for children and kids at heart to enjoy while waiting for the pizza to arrive.
It’s definitely refreshing for me to be here since it’s been a while where I am in a place with no smoke or loud noises. I also get to dine with clean, fresh air and with nature. In fact, the Mt. Irayat can be seen at a distance from this pizza place if it’s a bright summer day.
The owners who also operates the business were there when we visited so we took the opportunity to learn about the story of their business. We learned that Jino’s East Pizzaria is owned and operated by a Filipino-American couple.
The first half of the couple, Ms. Amy Ruiz, is an Ivatan (Batanes native). She takes the orders of customers and also serves the food.
Meanwhile, her husband, Mr. Abel Ruiz is of Italian descent but lived in Chicago. And as Mr. Abel used to live in an area where the name Jino is famous. They used it as the name of their pizza place. Their goal was simple which was to bring Chicago style pizza to the people of Batanes.
What a great tandem for a business. We were inspired by them.
Since it’s our first time trying our Jino’s, and we’re not sure when we’ll be able to come back here, we opted to try their best-selling, flagship pizza which is JINO’S SPECIAL PhP 440 (or USD 9.42). Look at those nice-looking cutlery that one can get to use if he/ she decides to dine here.
This pizza really gives that homemade feel not just because it was literally made from home, but rather because of its dough. The simple thin-crust is crispier compared to the other pizzas I’ve tasted in the past which I found to my liking.
Served hot and fresh, what I particularly loved about this pizza had to be its tomato sauce. Its taste was slightly sweet and sour which made it savory for me. I also like how the sauce’s taste doesn’t overpower the generous toppings of the pizza which were onions, mushrooms, green bell peppers, ground beef, olives, and, our favorite, mozzarella cheese.
I honestly don’t know what to look for in a Chicago style pizza. Regardless, this pizza is really good and the combination of ingredients really made it special.
The price is reasonable for its quality and also for the fact that resource for ingredients is very limited in Batanes. When we ordered these items, it fit four people, us, Me-An’s brother and our tour guide.
Overall, we liked Jino’s Pizza. With its fresh and peaceful atmosphere coupled with that really good pizza, you get yourself a simple and reasonable place to hangout with your friends or family after a strenuous day in touring Batanes.
Available for Delivery
For those who feel too tired to go out, you can have it conveniently delivered at your accommodation. They’re just one call away.
Jino’s East Pizzaria
National Rd. Near Lighthouse Brgy. San Antonio (Diptan), Basco, Batanes.
Operating Hours: 9AM to 9PM (Mon. to Sun.) and Saturday (9AM to 3PM)
Contact No. for Delivery: 0908 370 4971