Cafe Gia Ristorante

4.8
521 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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Pandoraly
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The handmade pasta here is always outstanding. Their outdoor dining is cozy and warm even in the cold. Highly recommend.

JM
vipJoeM
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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.

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VincenzoP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From pasta to veal, everyone’s dish was exquisite. Waiter Mark was outstanding.
Great value!

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vipMAfromLA
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful as usual and so happy to be able to patronize one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Baltimore. However, due to Covid, the whole vibe is a bit deflating. Cafe Gia's was set up very socially distanced, just wish it felt like the ol' days - where things were vibrant and bustling. My heart goes out to all of the restaurants trying to sustain their business these days.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food, and a lovely atmosphere. We sat outside.

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Katelin
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, cute place!

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vipChris
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly restaurant with excellent food and service.

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pieshop
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary at Gia's. The food was impeccable and I look forward to many more meals there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wedding anniversary

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JeffS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Highly recommend. Enjoyed our evening. Staff was friendly. Food was very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always welcomed like family at Cafe Gia and always leave with smiles and full bellies.
Especially impressed with your flexibility in these hard and trying time. Thank you again

EW
EmilyW
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our one year wedding anniversary and it was delicious!

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FoodieGal
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The balcony was lively but safely distanced. We had the octopus and prosciutto pizza apps which were delicious and the sea bass, veal saltimbocca and clams pasta which were all fantastic! Be sure to try the house made cello sampler, hit the spot after an amazing dinner!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is always fresh and delicious. Atmosphere is cool and low key. Love all the decor. Our waitress was slow in responding at times. I highly recommend Gia's and would return again!

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johnb
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and value

LG
vipLindsayG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A beautiful little gem in Baltimore's Little Italy! This restaurant was quaint, the staff was attentive and kind. Our drinks and food were delicious - we started with the Arancini - there were 4 of us dining and only 3 were served - we shared but it would have been nice to receive an even number or enough for all! All of our dishes were delicious, though a bit oversalted. We are already planning our next visit!

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JackS
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious! We started with thee fritto misto. So light and yummy. Husband had the homemade gnocchi w/butternut squash......light sauce and so good. I had a pasta special of ravioli, again delicious. Portions more than ample. Alas, had no room for dessert. Would definitely recommend! Reasonable pricing, too!

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Pariah13
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Such an accommodating Maitre d'hotel and an attentive waitress. We were seated at a cozy table against the street-facing door that opens on to the sidewalk terrace. Unfortunately, the door is not insulated properly, and a rough, cold, chilling draft kept me shivering throughout my dinner.

A very nice salad was served.

So it was so terribly disappointing that the lasagna my wife ordered had virtually no meat, and was made with an inferior pasta that was so over cooked that it was like eating a cheese soup. My pasta dish was much better, but the portion was so meager, by comparison to the portion of lasagna served my wife, that I left the restaurant hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great wine

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ByronB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing. If you don’t try the sea bass and risotto you’re cheating yourself!

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4th time we've been there. ALWAYS good food, excellent service, attentive staff. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reminds me of a fine neighborhood restaurant in Italy

JG
vipJimG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal. Some of the most tender veal I ever had. Loved the fact that the owners made a point of stopping by a few times

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Chris2428
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful food and service. I am sure we will be returning in the near future.

JR
JeffR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great wine and and very nice and attentive wait staff! Can’t wait to visit again!

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Chiant94
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was good. Service was sadly lacking, in a not very busy environment.

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Kappy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Some of the best in the area.

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Sasd
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Lovely place with very nice people, but the food was not up to the standards of other restaurants in Baltimore's Little Italy. Salad dressing lacked flavor, fritto misto was greasy, and the pasta con vongole was oily and poorly seasoned. It's a beautiful little restaurant, but we were disappointed in the food, especially when there are so many other great choices only steps away.

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vipOmnivore
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What a delightful restaurant! The paintings on the walls tell you right away that you're in a special place: the decor is like an appetizer for the eye. The service was excellent, especially from the woman who was taking care of all the diners without ever once seeming hassled or stressed, though she had every excuse to seem both. And the food was delicious, from the grilled octopus through the pasta main course to the creme brulee dessert. If I lived in Baltimore, Cafe Gia would be my go-to place. My three companions enjoyed it as thoroughly as I did. Three cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined after Cafe Gia about 8 times in the last 3 years and have always had a positive experience. The decor is charming as soon as you hit their entryway. The service is attentive and the food is delicious. It’s a quaint space and never too loud.

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HatemG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I try the restaurant. Food was great. Small place with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evelyn was wonderful! Excellent service and the food was awesome! We would definitely return.

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KellyL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, especially the homemade pastas. I can’t wait to go back and try more dishes!

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vipMAfromLA
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a good meal at Gia's!! The staff and service couldn't be better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gia’s has homemade pasta cooked just right, a wonderful grilled
Caesar salad, and many other wonderful menu options. The place is cozy, you can hear your dinner partners talk and the staff is friendly and efficient. Love it.

FG
vipFoodieGal
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Charming southern Italian restaurant in the Little Italy area. Food is homemade and delicious, atmosphere cozy and service friendly with good wine suggestions.
They offer comped parking if you park in the Little Italy garage which was a nice gesture. We’ll def be back!

FG
vipFoodieGal
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us and we all shared our entrees and it was nothing less than spectacular. If you want good old fashioned Sicilian home cooking, Cafe Gia is where you’ll find it. Not fancy but truly a beautiful experience. Order the arancini and octopus-they’re a must! Then go on to order the eggplant, osso bucco, veal saltimbocca and casoncelli for entrees. As far as dessert, the tiramisu and cannoli are THE BEST we’ve ever had! The atmosphere is so comfortable with the spanning wall murals and art top tables. Our server was attentive, made good suggestions and overall pleasant. It was busy but we still got served in a timely fashion. Thanks Gia for a fab dinner!

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vipACMtri
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Gia. The food is delicious, the ambiance is warm and the whole evening was wonderful.

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Nacho
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Good serving portions and quiet ambience

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vipFoodLover
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The lasagna was AMAZING! It actually brought me back to some lasagna I had in Tuscany last year - simply delicious. The only reason I can't give the food a 5 star rating is that the entree my husband ordered, which was the special of the day, was very bland - so bland that I think the chef must've forgotten the salt altogether. Otherwise, everything was perfect - great service, great atmosphere, and an outstanding pistachio liqueur which you MUST try!

FAQs

Cafe Gia Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 685-6727.

Cafe Gia Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 521 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.

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