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Cafe Gia Ristorante
Cafe Gia Ristorante

Cafe Gia Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cafegias.com/
  • Phone: (410) 685-6727
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Sunday: Closed


    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Chef Gian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Eastern Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Gia Ristorante
In 1953, Giovanna Aquia, along with her family, boarded the famous Italian luxury liner the “Andrea Doria” and made their way to America from Cefalu, Sicily, arriving in Little Italy, Baltimore on June 23, 1953. Their family life always revolved around the dinner table. It was there that a great appreciation of simple Sicilian cuisine took root.

It was the desire to share our Sicilian heritage and Sicilian cuisine that prompted the family to buy an older neighborhood diner and create a new, warm, comfortable family ristoranté in Little Italy, “Café Gia Ristoranté.” We have strived very hard to recreate a Sicilian bistro, a place where one feels like they are in Sicily while dining. Buon appetito!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Cafe Gia is in the heart of Little Italy. The decor is pleasant and appropriate and the service is personable and efficient. The food is excellent."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Cafe Gia in 5 years. I remember loving it then, and we loved it now. We have tried nearly every restaurant in Little Italy since moving here over 8 years ago, and nowhere is the pasta quite as good as Gia's. I highly recommend the Gorgonzola gnocchi and the linguini in white clam sauce. Great ambiance, cute outside deck upstairs to watch the world go by. We will definitely return in less than 5 years this time!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Never knew this place existed! We ordered the caesar salad, eggplant parm and a pasta bolognese. Everything was delish. Service was a bit slow. There were only 2 servers. We sat for over 10-15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us. Other than that, would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The highlight of our trip was stumbling upon this charming little bistro in historic Little Italy. We sat on the balcony and had just the best meal while in Baltimore. I highly recommend the octopus and the Fettuccine Lucia. There was a strolling mandolin player which was reminiscent of a True Italian experience. Our new favorite Italian restaurant is Cafe Gia!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This is a real gem of a place to dine. Love the romantic surroundings. It's always a hit with me and my guests. Gia does such a wonderful job and the food is scrumptious! Can't wait to come back..."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They might as well place a sofa sleeper and a 65' high def television, because I would not want to leave! Second time here, 1st for my birthday and second for a romantic dinner with my wife. She was blown away and we loved that the staff would lightly converse with us, giving a sense of camaraderie not found in many restaurants. This seemed more like eating dinner at a friend's who just so happened to have a balcony overlooking Little Italy where they showed you the best dining experience, but left you alone enough to gaze into your wife's eyes and fall in love with her all over again..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Soupy Lasagna, dry veal, chewy octopus, and fair service."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We always come away from Gia's feeling like we've just had dinner with family, in a good way. Good food, service, wine, and ambience. It's not 5-star but it's homey & delicious. Can't beat the atmosphere. Gia's eagle eye doesn't miss anything and she never fails to greet us a hug."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Adorable decor, makes me happy to be there… love the upstairs murals. Food was great, Friendly waiters, mixed up my order x 2 but on 2nd time I decided to forego the cavatelli I had ordered and keep the eggplant parmesan as it looked so yummy ( it was).The mother-daughter owners are so nice. I highly recommend and plan to go back. The"moderate" noise level was because we sat outside over a typical city street."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "this was our second visit to Cafe Gia. The ambiance is unique and cozy, the service was great, but the food fell flat. The pasta dishes, which were served in bowls, were swimming in water in the bottom. The breaded chicken parmesan, strangely, had no flavor at all. There three dessert offerings, we ordered two of them, and they were good."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A charming little spot with a nice menu, generous portions and solid cooking. A starter of bruschetta was served on property toasted Italian bread but the tomato and caper topping was a bit bland and needed a bit of pep from the salt shaker. Veal saltimboca was tender and satisfying, with just the right proportions of cheese and ham. Accompanying green beans were excellent but the roasted potato wedges were just meh. Quite reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I went there or my birthday, and all of the staff came up and wished me a happy birthday. The food was delicious! Service was great, and the food did not take a long time. We will be coming back!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Cafe Gia. The restaurant is owned by a mother-daughter team, and the service has been consistently friendly. The menu is surprisingly broad considering the small size of the restaurant, yet all of the dishes appear to be house-made and very fresh. The wine list had a nice selection of domestic and Italian wines, and the prices were reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone who would like to experience authentic Italian food in the heart of Baltimore."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to Cafe Giz......the atmosphere, food and service makes for a delightful evening."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "My husband and I took my parents out to dinner to celebrate a special occasion and we chose Cafe Gia since we had enjoyed it before. The food did not disappoint as usual- great specials and consistent dishes from previous experiences. The wait staff was VERY attentive- also overly so- until it got a bit busy and it was a bit of a disappearing act. That was a little strange. While dinner was yummy- dessert could have been skipped. Next time we will walk down the street for some gelato instead of ordering dessert there. Overall another good experience at Cafe Gia and we will be back. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in Little Italy. The ambiance was charming and the food was delish! Highly recommended. Can't wait to go back for another fantastic meal!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Always get a good meal with excellent service, fun place to go without annoying noise"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We were not very pleased with out experience at Cafe Gia. Stood in the doorway too long before greeted and taken to our table. The service was poor and the food mediocre at best. Would not go back and do not recommend."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "My wife and I had a very good dinner at Cafe Gia Ristorante. It was very convenient, with parking right next door. The food was very tasty."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We needed a table with fairly short notice and decided to go to Little Italy. We saw on Open Table that we could get a reservation at Café Gia and that it had an interesting menu and a very good rating. We loved the décor: the place had hand-painted murals on every wall with scenes from Italy that included lots of people enjoying good times. This created a very festive and fun atmosphere. Our party ordered one of the specials and three items from the menu and we were not disappointed with any of them. Our waiter, Fabio, was attentive, friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient without being intrusive, even though it was very busy. I will be recommending this restaurant to my friends."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Food was great! The heated balcony was a real treat on a brisk winter night! The server was warm, congenial and made very good suggestions! Although they didn't have the needed ingredients to make my mojito, my server guided me through the wine list and made excellent recommendations to pair with my tender, savory veal dish. Bravo, well done!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The burrata appetizer was amazing! The frutti da mare was spectacular! The tiramisu was the BEST I've ever tasted! Our server Mike was personable, knowledgeable, efficient and on point with all that he recommended to us. The Limoncello was to die for! If you've been to Italy, then you'll recognize the authenticity of this restaurant, it is a real find in Baltimore's Little Italy."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Gia's has long been one of our favs - been there dozens of times over the years. This visit was good, not great. Hope they are not resting on past laurels and slipping into tourist trap mediocrity."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed everything about our dinner at Gia--our server was engaging and knowledgeable, and the food was excellent from start to finish. And the room was quiet enough for us to talk and laugh and enjoy the evening."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "The restaurant, though smallish, is an excellent spot for any special occasion. The food, service, and ambiance were excellent."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "A truly superb salad was followed by gnocchi that tasted like it came out of a bag of frozen pasta. Then the espresso was watery and tasteless. A very disappointing meal at a restaurant that came with high praise."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "The food, staff and atmosphere made for an extremely pleasant experience. WE were celebrating a birthday and this turned out to be the perfect place. Our waitress seemed to be everywhere and at our table when we needed her. We would definitely go there again and bring friends."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Charming small restaurant in Little Italy neighborhood of baltimore, very short drive, or long walk from Inner Harbor hotels and convention center. Has usual expected selections (superb chicken and eggplant parmigiana dishes) and revolving unusual choices. Mid priced for a city restaurant, casual dress, very enjoyable."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "Café Gia continues to be one of my favorite go to restaurants. From the wonderful lady that greets you at the door until your last minute is such a wonderful experience. I took tow friends(my neighbors) with me for their first time and they are still talking about how much they enjoyed the visit. When I made my reservation through Open Table I requested outdoor seating on the balcony. When we arrived there were no openings, but the wonderful lady who greets you at the door, who I believe is the owner, said give me a few minutes. Sure enough, after waiting just a few short minutes, a table was just getting their bill and they quickly got the table reset for us, Excellent food, wine, ambience, and service. What more could you ask for."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Sat upstairs outside on veranda on a very comfortable evening nice atmosphere, food & wine were good, enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "We ate upstairs on a balcony. Lovely atmosphere. The waitress was very pleasant and provided good service. The food was ok, but not worth the price. Will not dine there again."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Gia's offers an interesting Italian menu in a beautiful setting. Every inch of the walls and tables are covered with murals and paintings, including reproductions of vintage posters. The food options were authentically Italian with wonderful twists. The tomatoes caprese were stacked and skewered with a non-traditional sprig of rosemary that added a delicious kick to the summer-sweet tomatoes and fresh mozzarella cheese. The linguini with clams included tomatoes and spinach. The chicken caprese was delicious: three small chicken breasts each topped with a slice of fresh tomato, covered with a slice of mozzarella cheese and dressed with a creamy basil dressing. The service was attentive, and Gia herself made sure we were enjoying our dinner."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "The Grilled Cesar was great and my Favorite is the Eggplant Parm.......I want some now."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "My husband and I found Cafe Gia through urban spoon and open table. We went there completely on faith from the other reviewers, and it was fantastic! Our server was wonderful, and we were in the mood for a slower meal that night, so she did not rush us at all. All the ingredients were fresh, and wonderfully prepared. All the pasta was made fresh on site, and was perfect. I had lasagna, which was simpler than most other restaurant lasagnas I have had, and better for it! It wasn't overstuffed or too heavy, just perfect! It made me wish I lived in Baltimore so I could go there more often!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Haven't dined at Gia's in over a year and don't know why. We sat outside on the second floor on a beautiful. Saturday evening. Gia herself waited on us and the food and atmosphere were fantastic. Great food, moderate pricing and reasonably priced wine list. What more could you ask for. Will return very soon."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "This place was a recommendation from the locals. Amazing vodka sauce and everything was made from scratch. Everyone was very attentive including the owner Gia herself who was on her hands and needs picking things off the floor, checking in on the tables, and making sure everything ran smoothly. Great rustic scenery in the restaurant too. Overall, the portion sizes could be a little larger but Im partly saying that because I couldnt help but want more to take home with me! This is a definite must visit if you are in Little Italy!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "Sat outside upstairs on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It felt like we were in Italy. Restaurant Week menu was great, many choices, hard to decide what to eat. Salads were great, burrata mozzarella was creamy and delicious, and the pastas were top notch. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "The restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious. We have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "For a casual dining experience and good food quality, we always take out of town guests, as well as friends who are first timers, to Cafe Gia. The comments are universally complimentary as to the charming atmosphere with the painted tables and murals on the walls. The food is reasonably priced and the menu offers a fine variety. We have never been disappointed with our meal."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "Went to Cafe Gia on a Saturday night. It was not overly crowded and the noise level was appropriate. It was decorated nicely and differently from many other Little Italy restaurants. The antipasto was weak with 4 small pieces of cheese and the quality of the meat was not high. The rest of the meal was good, but portions were rather small. Overall everything was acceptable-decor, service, and food but after going to over a dozen of Baltimore's Little Italy restaurants, I'd say this falls squarely in the middle."
    Dined on 7/27/2013