Gigi's Cucina Povera

Gigi's Cucina Povera

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gigiscucinapovera.com/
  • Phone: (716) 877-8788
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Hours:

    Monday thru Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Our bar opens daily at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Mary Ann Giordano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Custom Catering available for any occaision further details on our website or contact us directly

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hiler Ave.
  • Public Transit: On major bus line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking available to the rear of the restaurant additional parking available on the street
A word from Gigi's Cucina Povera
Gigi's Cucina Povera is an Italian restaurant in Buffalo, NY. In our "poor kitchen" the philosophy is simple: Make great food with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, transforming the simple into more than the sum of its parts. Our menu includes Sicilian comfort food and peasant-style fare like pasta dishes, risotto-based dishes, seafood, and slow cooked meats. Daily specials feature fresh, local produce.

Gigi's is owned and operated by Mary Ann Giordano. Chef Giordano has competed in many regional cooking competitions and has authored a cookbook, "The Saint Joseph's Day Table Cookbook," along with her father.

Gigi's Cucina Povera is open daily at 5 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. On Sundays, we feature family-style meals. Come and experience great food in a Sicilian country atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Gigi's Cucina Povera reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (14)romantic (9)special occasion (8)good for groups (5)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • GREAT RESTAURANT WEEK TREAT!
    Terri
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I found the food VERY interesting, filling & prepared tastefully! I NEVER dine at Italian restaurants, because I cook Italian, but Sicilian, now you've got my interest. I learned the owner/chef hails from a small town near to my own grandparents, near Agrigento. It was a wonderful dining experience for my husband & myself, & VERY close to home. He enjoyed the gelato, I LOVED the seafood couscous dish & arancini. Thanks for the memories! I hope you'll consider opening for lunch on the patio in the summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous !
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Have been there a few times, and it never disappoints! Pick from great apps, salads or dinners!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian Choice !
    DragonflyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We have been here twice and both times an enjoyable experience . Our server was friendly and helpful with choices on the menu. The food reminded us of our grandmothers fresh, rustic Italian dishes . Only improvement, I feel , would be softer lighting while dining. Delizioso!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Liked this Place
    Jfbuf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was excellent as were the appetizers. This isn't your typical red sauce Italian restaurant, excellent unusual food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gigi's excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    First visit. A Sicilian restaurant, but only part of the menu is specifically Sicilian, vs Italian. Every course was excellent. Comfy and quiet - a good place to chat. We will definitely go again, and meet friends there. But not friends with low incomes. By Buffalo standards, prices are medium-high - with appetizer, dessert, wine, tax, and tip, you could spend over $50/person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steve
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice, comfortable bar. Good service and food, but nothing special. I would recommend this as a nice neighborhood restaurant to walk to or drive a short distance to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute neighborhood place
    HungryMamma
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We enjoyed our food. Service was great. My only disappointment was a salad special. It was a beet salad and I think they used canned beets with too much vinegar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice!
    DeeDee
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was great and as was the service. Cocktails are a bit pricey but the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    GoldenGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always have a wonderful meal here. The staff is friendly and efficient. Prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 40 reviews are from the Gigi's Cucina Povera reviews archive.
  • Disappointing meal
    Joseph
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Gigi's was highly recommended by a foodie friend. The appetizers were very good. The entrees were ok. My broiled cod was very good, but the pasta dishes ordered by three guests were without much flavor and were not enjoyable. It was a disappointment to our group.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great quality and flavor
    Melanie
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Excellent once again! I can't get enough of the lamb appetizer, which I eat as my meal with a house salad! The flavor of the lamb and it's accompanied polenta is extraordinary. It is cooked perfectly every time. I am continually impressed by the food and service at GiGi's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    joyneatg
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was good. Clams casino were very good. Pasta was cooked perfectly with a nice sauce (I had the sauce with sambuca in it). Service was excellent. Our waitress was delightful and very knowledgeable. We went after a heavy rain, and the restaurant had a mildew odor. It is a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accomadating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Had a large group and the food was pretty good. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The Caesar salad is one of the best around! went there for a friends birthday we really had an enjoyable time service was great. Definitely recommend the lemon pie for dessert!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    dessertfirst
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went with a group of four ladies. We were excited to see outdoor dining and took advantage of it. The service was good. The food was wonderful! All four of us really liked our meals. And the desserts....well, I would go back again just for the Italian Lemon Tart!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    rosieg
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I just love it here. This is my second experience here and my friend's first. Excellent service and food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    Nast
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is the site of old haunts that have great memories. It was great to go back and have such a lovely new experience. It did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    GoldenGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    This is our third time at GiGi's and it hasn't disappointed so far. The food is consistently good and the service is great. Also, quite a nice wine list. Will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Sicilian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We love this restaurant! I'm half Sicilian and half Napoleton and have been to Siciky & Italy a few times. the dishes are made from the traditional recipes and are what you would expect from Siciily. We enjoy everything from the savory mussels and tripe cooked perfectly to the delicious deserts. They have wonderful dinner sized salads if you're counting calories too. And of course the pasta!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opal65
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Great food and a great time. Brought some friends there for their first time... They loved it. Bar server and table server were both very friendly. We ordered a several different items from the menu. All were delicious. Very warm atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gary
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    good food, great service. Have been to this restaurant several times and have not been disappointed. The leg of Lamb is fantastic, as is all their entrees. Full service bar and a nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Meal
    TTMunch
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The bread was delicious and fresh with hummus and olive oil. Usually, when ordering a dinner, I assumed you began with a salad, but none was offered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    K8ieN
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It wasn't the fastest service but the food was delicious and the staff was so friendly that we didn't mind. Great options, affordable, fun. I will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A little disappointed
    Mp7537
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    While the atmosphere & service were certainly pleasant enough I was somewhat disappointed in the food. The menu descriptions sound awesome but I felt in reality the food was on the bland side. The half portion opttions for pasta dishes were nice but the food definitely could use more herbs & spices.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    cl25
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Went on a Sunday evening for a birthday dinner. Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was stellar. Would recommend for most any occasion.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food with a Flare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    While this is called 'Povera' for poor kitchen it is a wonderfully richly artistic kitchen -- an art povera! I took friends from NYC who are also foodies and dine out Italian often, as well as prepare it beautifully at home, and they absolutely loved Gigi's. From start to finish every dish we had (and we shared tastes of each other's dishes) was superb. The Cardoons are a must! But then again, I want to work my way through everything on the menu -- they all seem a must!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delayed, but excellent
    JayJ
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Despite our reservation, we were not able to be seated for 30+ minutes. The staff was apologetic, noting earlier diners lingering longer than expected. They seated us at a larger table, which proved to be fine. The bartender was very accommodating during our wait. The waitress was very attentive and helpful. We all ordered different dishes and all were pleased. I especially enjoyed the chicken saltimbocca, the best I have had outside Italy. My wife found the limoncello to be as excellent as described. We plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easygoing restaurant, good food.
    GoodFoodie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The restaurant is friendly, relaxed, pretty noisy. The food was generally well prepared. This was a pleasant dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Katie
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I really enjoyed this restaurant. The atmosphere was quaint and romantic, the menu was well thought out (love the half portion option for the pastas), and the food was delicious. My husband and I try stuffed banana peppers everywhere we go, and I really enjoyed them because they tasted light and fresh which is hard to accomplish with a heavier dish. In fact all of the food had a wonderful light and fresh quality to me. You can see the regular many has plenty of choices, and there were a significant selection of daily specials as well. The server was a bit distracted, but still attentive. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my new favorite restaurant
    LisaM
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I love the food, the staff are always accommodating and friendly. Jackie the bartender is the best! She is friendly and recommends wines and she is very welcoming. Food reminds me of my grandmother and thats why I go there! I can't make sfinge!! Love everything else too, the fig pizza the chicken and mushroom cannoloni yum yum and the limoncello is the perfect end to a perfect meal. Thanks to Gigi's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Food was great and we had a large group and everyone seemed to very satisfied with food, drinks and overall dining atmosphere, thank you!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Sicilian Gem
    GE0RGESCH
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Mary Ann Giordano is a terrific chef and now has a chance to show off her talents in her own space. She does so quite well. Simple ingredients put together with a masterful touch produce great results. We stayed on the LocalRestaurant Week menu and it did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall
    marmar
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    The bathrooms need a bit of updating, but everything else is very enjoyable. The bread is great with the white bean dip and the EVOO/basil spread mix.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sicilian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    After reading a lukewarm Buffalo News review, I went to GiGi's with some friends. The whole experience was wonderful ! We had artichoke fritters, cardone, and a stuffed artichoke for appetizers that were absolutely delicious. I had the rapini with sausage and fettuccini. My meal was as good as any I have had as were my friend's meals. Nobody had a bad meal. The tiramisu was decadent. Ten stars out of five. Delizioso Ci vediamo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner
    Rick
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Enjoyed the variety of good quality food including appetizers and desserts. Atmosphere was pleasant and comfortable and the service was friendly and efficient. One small issue is tight parking lot but additional street parking is available. Will definitely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    GoldenGirlVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Food and service were excellent. Ambience was great. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gigi's cucina
    MJ123
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I arrived at my reservation time of 5:30 pm. I was greeted warmly and although my other party did not arrive until a few minutes later I was not ignored. After my guests arrival, although we were engrossed in "Catch up" conversation the place began to fill up rapidly. The word was out and people began arriving. The atmosphere was vibrant and awesome We ordered the Sicilian appetizer plate and the cardones honestly were delicious. The bread they served us as well as the wine was very yummy !For my main meal I had the Ravioli with truffle and my friend had the Ravioli with pomodor sauce. Both were absolutely wonderful and to top off our evening we enjoyed a taramnisu! Cool, creamy and voila... delicious !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    Coleen
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We have been to Gigi's twice and each experience has been wonderful. Attentive staff, delicious food and cozy ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Melanie
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I really enjoy the food here. I especially love the warm bread with the herb oil dip and fava bean spread. The house salad is very good. We had specials for dinner and they were not as good as the usual menu items, but not much compares to the lamb which is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect place to unwind
    Carol
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Gigi's is the perfect place to relax after a long work week. The atmosphere is relaxing even when it is very busy. The staff is extremely attentive yet does not intrude on conversation. The food is authentic, fresh and delicious and the wine list has all you need. Pasta, sandwiches, salads and apps (try the Cardoons!) are all high quality. The bar a Gigi's makes a statement and is always bustling with activity. It's U shape makes it the perfect place for conversation while you wait for your table and there is always plenty of converasation from the bartenders and patrons alike. I would highly recommend this spot for happy hour, dinner, lighter fare or a night cap.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.