Cafe Gia Ristorante

4.7
556 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!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 556 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Gia and her Team made our night beyond special! Thank you!!

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JanisG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipBistro200
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food

MC
MsCher
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipElizabethD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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!

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Rick
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was excellent. We will definitely be looking to return

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karlh
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great
Excellent service
Will return again

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BarbaraN
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place with a nice atmosphere.

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MicheleM
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family owned and managed restaurant. Delicious home-made Italian food, and great service and great prices.

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vipFoodieGal
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😋

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charper
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice experience at Cafe Gia. Outstanding food and very friendly, prompt service!

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Meredith
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Food, ambiance, staff, everything. I can’t wait to go back one day. Best find in Little Italy...

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RebeccaL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipALT1
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

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LarryW
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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. 😋

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GregB
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

RM
vipRayM
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RyanJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the special that night. Amazing. My wife wish she had ordered it as well.

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anne
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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.

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mc1ndy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only thing preventing all 5’s was the staff not wearing masks.

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vipFoodlover21210
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Another lovely birthday celebration with food like what my husband's Italian grandmother made.

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vipAngelika
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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ArleneB
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipPeg08
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere!

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ThomasO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!)
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JohnS66
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food, including grilled octopus, osso bucco and rice balls.

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Christina
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipFoodieGal
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AllieP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipChris
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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BillS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was too crowded during COVID, pasta gamberi was a bit bland, room overly bright, a candle on the table would be nice.

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vipPandoraly
Washington DC
7 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.

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vipJoeM
Miami
33 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
12 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
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, cute place!

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vipChris
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly restaurant with excellent food and service.

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

Cafe Gia Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 556 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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