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1410 S Main St Salinas, CA, 93908
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Businesses and organizations participating in HER Helmet Thursdays help HER / Mother Earth by providing discounts on Thursdays for people who bike. A long-term project with no scheduled end-date, HER Helmet Thursdays was launched in 2009 in Monterey County, California as a public service. NOTE: When participating businesses and organizations sign up, they are provided a staff reference sheet. Many have frequent staff changes. Just in case a staff person on duty isn't familiar with this long-term project, it may be helpful to have the listing for that location pulled up on your mobile phone screen (or print a copy of their listing to take along), so you're prepared to kindly show their listing.
Before claiming discount, refer to FAQs and project details, including date restrictions, in "LISTINGS, Map, How to Get the Discounts, and FAQs about HER Helmet Thursdays" at

Owned and operated by the Bozzo family of southern Italy, Cosenza, the menu reflects their specialty of all kinds of pasta dishes, with sauces made fresh daily. Highly renowned locally, since their Salinas opening in 1975, Gino's serves authentic Italian dishes with only fresh ingredients. Menu includes also acclaimed seafood, chicken, steaks, pizza, salads, appetizers, desserts, and more. Full bar; over 100 wines, from the best of California to around the world. Lunch and dinner, with a kids menu too. Dining options include fireplace dining room, covered courtyard, covered patio, outdoor patio.

Bike Tips:

Via Main Street, Gino's is a 1.7 mile bike ride from the National Steinbeck Center.

You may bike straight down Main to reach Gino's. Or, many people who bike prefer to use this alternate route (these direx begin from the MST Transit Plaza in Oldtown Salinas):

Take Gabilan Street past First Awakenings, past Monterey Street (one-way street, traffic light).

Turn RIGHT at next intersection, which is Pajaro Street. You can take it all the way to San Joaquin Street (1.5 to 2 miles).

Turn RIGHT and go one block to S. Main Street.

Make a LEFT turn and continue past Elli's, which will be on your right. As you continue on S. Main Street, you'll cross Blanco Road at the traffic light; look for Gino's on the right side (2/10 mile past Elli's).

Note: This route is a little longer than just going through Oldtown via Salinas St. and getting onto S. Main Street, but it's safer and quieter, more residential. So again, the recommended route is to avoid biking on South Main Street and use Pajaro Street instead. (Pajaro is one block east of S. Main St, runs parallel to it. Pajaro is less crowded with cars and has better bike lanes most of the way.)

If, however, you choose to travel on Main Street, you may wish to wear high-visibility clothing, and certainly to exercise extra caution to enjoy this busy avenue, where you'll pass through a stretch of local shops and bustling shopping centers coming from Steinbeck Center.

Also note: cyclists from the San Francisco Bay area can bring their bikes to Oldtown Salinas via Amtrak train.

Tourists and local residents coming from the Monterey Peninsula may want to transport their bikes to Salinas on the Monterey-Salinas Transit bus, then cycle in Salinas. Gino's is approximately two miles from the Monterey-Salinas Transit plaza; the MST buses carry bikes as part of their bike-and-ride program. For tips on using MST buses,see the bike-and-ride section of Tips for Bicycling Monterey County at

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Bicycling Monterey website,