Café Gia definitely qualifies as a neighborhood gem. You are always warmly welcomed by Giovanna. We love the decorations inside and out – very festive….Gia took excellent care of us. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Thank you.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and we worked the menu from appetizer through dessert and coffee. The bruschetta was the best we have tried. Sauces were delicious and the dessert save us a trip to Vacarro's. Our waitress was excellent. We were meeting friends we had not seen in awhile to catch up. We explained that to her and she was very patient and helpful and gave us plenty of time without being intrusive or impatient. Wish we had gotten her name. We sat in the heated balcony and it was perfect. Must try again when the winter shield is off and we can enjoy the outdoors more.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Italian food in little Italy
Probably the best Italian food in little Italy....enough said.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Italian food in Little Ita
Cafe Gia's serves up marvelous Italian fare. The Rigatoni al forno was to die for. Comfort food all the way with a rich smooth sauce, and lots of cheese. The grilled Caesar salad puts a new twist on an old favorite, although the portion was twice as much as I could eat and still save room for my pasta.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Sopt In Little Italy
Old school Italian food---can't be beat--friendly service and great ambiance----super food and service at great price....
5/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Big hit in Little Italy
While not as old or well-known by "typical Batimoreans" as some of the other Little Italy restaurants, Gia Ristorante beats them all with the quality of the food and the attention to detail of the servers. Family owned and run, Gia's turns out delicious "home-made" pastas and sauces as well as the old favorites, like chicken parmesean and shrimp scampi. The grilled calamari appetizer is not to be missed! The vibrant hand-painted murals brighten up the intimate setting. There is now seating on the second floor and a lovely patio for warm Summer nights. I cannot wait to return.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Little Italy Favorite!
My go-to place in Little Italy! The family welcomes you, and their standards for food and service are always high! Love the art-rich environment. Grilled Caesar, eggplant parm, the chef's special (salmon) and the bolognese sauce were all hits with our guests...an impressive variety, to say the least. Atmosphere is lively, occasionally loud, but it creates a convivial vibe, not an annoyance.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband, son (13), daughter (12) and I had a very good meal at Cafe Gia's. The fritto misto appetizer (fried calamari, shrimp and scallops) was perfectly cooked, and my son raved over the cavatelli, which the waitress had recommended. The service was timely and professional, and the vibe was lively and comfortable.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have dined here several times and have always come away impressed with their unique menu...it's not your standard, run-of- the-mill Italian fare. While they have all the standards one would expect, their kitchen puts some creative twists on the classics. The menu constantly changes to reflect what is fresh. The service has always been excellent, attentive without being pushy and giving you the sense they want your table to turn over...even on a Friday or Saturday night. The prices are excellent for what you get when compared to some of the other perrenial faves. I think it's the best value in Little Italy.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service
Very charming, family owned restaurant. They treat you like they have known you forever. Food was fresh and authentic. Owners were so accommodating and sweet with our children. If we lived closer this would be a weekly dining spot!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were a little worried because
We were a little worried because the bread was bland and definitely not house made, and the butter Was in plastic Single-serve cups. But that was the only low point. Excellent grilled octopus, and they made my linguini in red clam sauce the perfect spice level for me. The clams were fresh and perfectly cooked. My son - a teenager and athlete with a big appetite - loved his chicken Parmesan but couldn't finish it.
Tables are very close together, hitch can be great if you're sitting near nice people, like we were, but it could have been painful.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Gia for Atmosphere!
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.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sat outside upstairs on a
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.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love Cafe Gia's
The restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious. We have never been disappointed.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A MUST visit...
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!!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
End to a perfect day
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.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved every bite!
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!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Grilled Cesar was great
The Grilled Cesar was great and my Favorite is the Eggplant Parm.......I want some now.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A feast for the eyes and the palate
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.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Gia very good food
Sat upstairs outside on veranda on a very comfortable evening nice atmosphere, food & wine were good, enjoyed the evening.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never ever disappointed
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.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great neighborhood fin
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.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Experience in Little Italy
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.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant, though smallish,
The restaurant, though smallish, is an excellent spot for any special occasion. The food, service, and ambiance were excellent.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM