Cafe Gia Ristorante

4.3
584 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 584 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating, great service, and exceptional food.

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BobL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

If you like Osso Buco the house special you are in for a treat. The veal falls off the bone. The rice balls are also something not to miss. We made the trip to Baltimore from Altoona, PA ( 175 mikes ) and was worth every mile of it. Looking forward to returning.

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DodsonJ
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, the service exceptional!

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vipThunder
Baltimore
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A wonderful neighborhood/family restaurant with very good food at very reasonable prices. Service was good as well.

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BetsyA
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a delicious meal! We visited on a Monday night - it was quiet (we were only one of three tables). Service was friendly, attentive and efficient. Food was incredible!! We shared the polenta appetizer, and then I had lasagne which was creamy and delicious. My dining partner had gnocchi and she said they were the best she ever had. Highly recommend this little gem of a place. (and don't forget to try some lemon or chocolate cello afterwards!)

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FrankS
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Good aranchini. Chicken was undercooked and inedible. Meals were overpriced. Waiter did not know what “pasta made in house “ meant.

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner greeted us at the door, sat us quickly and told us a lovely story about New Years Eves of her past. Staff was very attentive and polite. Food was served quickly and everything we had was wonderful Best green beans I've ever eaten. Waitress made excellent recommendations.

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vipSMR1989
Baltimore
53 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Loved the atmosphere so much. Unfortunately, the food was just ok. The bruschetta was toasted bread with under ripe tomatoes and a few other vegetables. No taste really. Our entrees were just ok. I wanted to love this place..

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viporioleboy
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Simply average experience! The menu was limited and the service just ok. The food was good but not great. The wine list looked like it hadn’t been updated in quite some time.

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Jennifer
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The venue was very cute, a little snug. The food didn't wow me but it was tasty. We were set in a corner sort of up against the bar near the front door so I felt like we were a little "in the way". The server was kind, though never asked us if we wanted to order drink or apps. Seemed eager to turn the table.

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vipMarscup2
Pittsburgh
52 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The Casoncelli pasta is out of this world!

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ShaunC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been meaning to get to Baltimore's Little Italy and found Cafe Gia Ristorante for our night before Thanksgiving dinner. Love the family-owned vibe. While the Fritto Misto appetizer was OK, the Casoncelli, Cauliflower Carbonara, Gnocchi Gorgonzola, Nonna Rosa's Fettucini and Polpette), Veal Francese, and wine (Antinori Super Tuscan) were all really really good. We WILL be back!

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KTPie126
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Gia is our go-to restaurant when we want a really good meal or a peaceful date night. The owner is a delightful woman who is always roaming the restaurant and is a pleasure to talk to. We’ve also never had a meal we didn’t like. We regularly start with Burrata and Arancini, but change up our main course selections because they are all good! If still hungry, we go for one of the cannolis or piece of tiramisu, both made by the owner herself! Do yourself a favor and check out this charming spot in Little Italy.

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MelissaP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and the service is always wonderful! We visit every time we are in Baltimore.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be my go to Place for great Italian food in Little Italy.

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MoniqueJ
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!
(Food, service and ambiance)

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vipThunder
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Started with drinks in the bar, tender was terrific.
Food was all delicious. Egg Plant Parm, Meatballs, Calamari, wine, even the salads.
Server was excellent but the "busser" was very slow and sloppy in having the table ready with plates and silverware. Restaurant was busy but NOT crazy on a Friday night.
Will definitely return

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Mika
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

food was great but service was really weird?? food took maybe 45 min and they brought me the wrong dish, but at that point it's not worth waiting. felt a bit misled by their website as well.

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charper
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delightful time. Excellent waitress and the food was out of this world! Thank you Cafe Gia!

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vipGetsF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

VERY slow. Waited half hour for host to greet us. Food not good, but service is worse.

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LucasV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Cafe Gia. Great ambiance and decoration. The costumer services was spot on and the food delicious, definitely come to experience little Italy

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SteveW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. We celebrated and were treated as the whole restaurant was ours to enjoy! The food was outstanding!

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MELISSAk
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience
Will definitely come back
Lasagna was outstanding!!

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vipoutandabout
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall1food2service5ambience3

The owner was not very warm or nice. She had us wait outside for 10 minutes when there were several open tables inside and outside. She came from the back of the restaurant eating a piece of bread. We were the only people waiting, couldn't she seat us and then got her bread??? It got worse, our waiter spilled a bit of the mussel sauce on the stone bricks outside. Since it had butter I poured water to wash it off the sidewalk so people didn't slip. When the owner walked out she was livid and began ranting about the mess (honestly is was a bit of water on stone bricks outside!!!). The food was only ok, the only saving grace was our lovely waiter that tried to keep a smile on his face having to work for this disgruntled owner.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Italian food, great ambiance and decoration, but the best is the personal touch which makes you feel you are with family.
Thank you Indira and Gia!!

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DEM3
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Family centered, low key, casual dining experience

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TS262
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DavidC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent with service and hospitality to match
The only restaurant in Little Italy that we frequent
Our fave

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Seasaw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Super cute atmosphere. It was my friend and I’s first time in Baltimore, and I was super happy to find this gem!

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RichardE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Will definitely return

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jcoast
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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JanisG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
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

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MsCher
Tampa
4 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
5 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!

FAQs

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

Cafe Gia Ristorante is rated 4.3 stars by 584 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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