Cafe Gia Ristorante
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!
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Veal scaloppini layered with prosciutto, mozzarella cheese and sage, finished in a demiglaze and served with Italian potatoes and the vegetable of the day
Tender octopus serverd with a chick pea, caper, and red onion salad with lemon olive oil
Grilled sea-bass served over pesto risotto finished with a luscious lobster bisque
Great food! Meeting guests from out of town and took them to our favorite restaurant. Quick and expert service. Delectable food (no leftovers...sigh). Only noise was usual Baltimore sirens in the streets nearby, so they got the full Bmore experience. This is our favorite restaurant for out of town guests - always good, great ambience (except for the sirens, could imagine being in Rome) and always a great value.
Absolutely excellent with service and hospitality to match
The only restaurant in Little Italy that we frequent
Great food from start to finish. Service was excellent. The prices are good.
Second time visiting Baltimore we ate there a few years back & returned because it was so good & it didn’t disappoint.
Everything was great. Will definitely return
Got a last minute reservation for my daughter and I while we visited Baltimore. Very nice ambiance and the staff couldn’t have been more pleasant even though we were the last customers. Food was excellent - veal, Caesar salad (grilled), and pasta Bologna’s were all tasty and authentic
Gia and her Team made our night beyond special! Thank you!!
We celebrated my husband’s birthday, meeting my daughter and son-in-law for drinks and dinner here. We enjoyed several appetizers and delicious entrees - finishing with limoncello and cappuccinos. The atmosphere is very comfortable and enjoyed a memorable evening!
Great service and good food
From the minute we walked up and saw the glow of this restaurant, we knew we were in for a treat. The interior is even more charming & we were lucky enough to meet Mamma Gia! Come & enjoy the great food & hospitality
Booked this restaurant because it claimed to have outside tables with a view. Despite being nearly empty when we arrived (clearly a red flag), we were seated in a corner by a door. Food was barely passable. Service was horrible. We were there to celebrate a birthday. NEVER AGAIN!
The food and the service was excellent. We will definitely be looking to return
Food is great
Will return again
The food and service is amazing! We had calamari and the spicy marinara, perfectly cooked and tender. Gia’s sangria was the best I have ever had!
Great place with a nice atmosphere.
Great family owned and managed restaurant. Delicious home-made Italian food, and great service and great prices.
This favorite of ours never disappoints! It’s a casual vibe but sophisticated menu and ambiance. Murals splashed on every wall and table, so unique snd warm! The menu is comprised of Sicilian dishes and a few dishes from the northern region. Octopus-outstanding! Homemade lasagna bolognese (made the real way!)-outstanding! Osso Buco milanese-superb! Brannzio-delicious!
Save room for Nonna’s homemade Sicilian cannoli-best we’ve ever had. And oh that house made limoncello 😋
A very nice experience at Cafe Gia. Outstanding food and very friendly, prompt service!
Perfect! Food, ambiance, staff, everything. I can’t wait to go back one day. Best find in Little Italy...
I've only been to Cafe Gia twice, but it's been outstanding both times in terms of service and food. I called them and they didn't answer and 20 minutes later they called me back! The food is legit, very tasty and fresh. Our waiter was very polite and competent. It's supposed to have a sicilian flare. The inside is beautiful. We all loved what we got and the creme brulee was so good for dessert. The food is fresh and seems homemade to me. I'm picky and rarely eat out because nothing is good enough for me to spend my money on. But I will be back to Cafe Gia. Once COVID ends I hope to enjoy the terrace up top.
This family is a family run little restaurant in the heart of Baltimore's "Little Italy." The staff is very welcoming and it's a treat to meet Nonna. That's the good part This old restaurant is also tired, outdated and perhaps burnt out.
We sat on the roof top patio, tented for the Spring weather and the pandemic. It was a great location for sidewalk people watching. We were served water almost immediately and greeted by our server. Table was sticky, menues were old and grimey, glasses were scratched, spotted and outright dirty. Sorry, COVID has freaked my out a bit.
Ordered a Panzanilla salad to share, a personal favorite. It was a sizeable plate of icy cold lettuce topped with sugary "caramelized" onions that had been blackened to the point of bitterness. The bread that's usually lightly toasted yet puffy enough to soak up a wonderful vinaigrette, was instead a few shards of deep fried crumb sprinkled on top. There were a few chunks of cheese and no descernable dressing. Pass.
Next: veal francaise with a requested pasta side with marinara. It arrived plated with garlicky green beans and huge wedges of precooked potato that again had been plunged into the deep fry. Both these were just barely warm. The veal was flour coated and seared witihout seasoning. No lemon sauce whatsoever and cold in the center. Pasta was terrible. Husband ordered pasta with clams and sausage. Again, barely warm and completely tasteless. No seasoning, no parsley, nothing but a few clams, some knobs of gray sausage and white pasta. Bread was fresh but cold and butter was ice hard.
Cappuccinos were small and also barely warm. Sambucca sides were both very small pours in very dirty glasses. We passed on both.
The overall menu looks to be stuck in the 80's. Nothing was prepared well or served at an acceptible temperature. Sad for a Friday night, when the 25% restriction had just been lifted. We don't recommend this place at all.
The food was authentic Italian cuisine prepared by Authentic Italian cooks. The family has been in little Italy since I was a child. Home cooking at its best. No ragu here. 😋
Family run restaurant was a great experience. Enjoyed talking to the staff(family) about the history of the place.
Food was excellent and priced right.
We ate on Friday around 630pm. Our party of 5 was seated as soon as we arrived. The place is really funky the painted tables are unique. Our server Mark was very attentive and explained the menu. The food was outstanding we had the seafood fritta the calamari was tender and crispy. Baked brie special was excellent. Dinner choices ranged from salmon chicken coletta and lasagna we also had a side of mom's special meatballs the entrees all were excellent and meatballs outstanding. We would highly recommend Gia and we will definitely be back.
I had the special that night. Amazing. My wife wish she had ordered it as well.
Nice corner restaurant in Little Italy. First time out after pandemic restrictions and it was lovely. Nice waiter and Gia, but it was a little slow I'm sure because of just re-opening for indoor dining. The menu was unique and the food delicious. We will definitely go again.
The only thing preventing all 5’s was the staff not wearing masks.
Another lovely birthday celebration with food like what my husband's Italian grandmother made.
Cafè Gia is what brings us to Baltimore. The neighborhood, family-run restaurant always delivers consistently quality dining. Great food, solid service, and local vibes. Order the meatballs!
This is the best Italian restaurant I have visited in a long time. We will definitely return. I had the Ricotta Gnocchi with Shrimp and my fiance had the Meatballs, both were amazing.
Excellent food, service and atmosphere!
I came down from NY to visit my daughter at Loyola. Not only was the restaurant, beautiful, food was great, service was spot on and owners and staff were extremely friendly. SKinda like eating with family. Highly recommend. (This was during covid limited seating. Please support them and all local businesses. We need to reopen! They're sticking it out for us, they need our help!)
Very good food, including grilled octopus, osso bucco and rice balls.
Phenomenal food and service. The server was kind and helpful, and everything we ordered was delicious, from appetizers to homemade pasta to an incredible seafood special. We ordered dessert to go, and at it at home - it was so wonderful, we were glad we didn't pass it up. When our bill came, I was shocked at how affordable all we had ordered ended up being. This pleasant surprise ended a perfect evening at Gia.
Dined out with my husband for a post Valentine celebration and let me tell you, the food was amazing! It wasn’t too crowded when we were there (that’s a plus!) and all the tables were spaced for social distancing. The staff was very professional and guided us through the menu perfectly. We feasted on grilled octopus and sausage and polenta as starters and Bass risotto and osso buco as our mains. For dessert, we passed on traditional sweets and opted for their house made Limoncello (best we’ve ever had!). Cafe Gia isn’t a fine dining restaurant with table cloths but a casual, friendly trattoria type eatery where you’ll feel like you’re in Italy!
The food was to DIE for!!! Beautiful atmosphere, friendly servers. They lose a star on service because the hostess/owner? wasn't wearing a mask at any point during our time there. Other than that, fantastic.
We love Cafe Gia and go there frequently. It is a gem of a spot in Little Italy, run by a mother/daughter duo. The food is always so good—try the lasagna and the veal. It makes me feel like I’m in my grandmother’s kitchen.
We were greeted at the door to this lovely restaurant. We were promptly seated on the balcony that overlooked the street. The service was very good and the food was fantastic. Would definitely go again!
It was too crowded during COVID, pasta gamberi was a bit bland, room overly bright, a candle on the table would be nice.
The handmade pasta here is always outstanding. Their outdoor dining is cozy and warm even in the cold. Highly recommend.
There's nothing special about this restaurant. Zero ambiance. Windows were open just a crack, likely to take advantage of the cool air and not have to run the a/c. There was an extension cord running from an outlet in the upstairs dining room through a window. The waitstaff was not uniformed and shabbily dressed at that. It was like eating at a run down Denny's.
Cafe Gia Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 685-6727.
Cafe Gia Ristorante is rated 4.9 stars by 560 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.