About Cafe Gia Ristorante

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!

410 S. High St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Sunday: Closed


Dinner:


Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Eastern Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 685-6727

Website:
http://www.cafegiabaltimore.com/

Executive Chef:
Chef Gian

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Gia Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.7

service

4.6

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4.6

value

4.5

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Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (2)
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Romantic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Business Meals (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food was fine but the service was not good. We will not be running back to this restaurant. It's a shame that no one felt the need to come over to our table to check on us, including one of the owners who walked by us multiple times and never said a word to us. Not a great dining experience. They also have no side salads which was disappointing.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A lovely dinner .. a real gem! The pasta was clearly homemade and everything was perfectly prepared. We will return and share with others.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Baltimore. The food is so good every single time. I’ve yet to try something I don’t love. The ambiance is icing on the cake. Can’t wait to come back!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Eclectic place, fantastic food...would definitely go back!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The decor was fantastic! Such upbeat, colorful walls with pleasant staff and delicious food. The mussels were gigantic. The eggplant was the best I’ve ever tasted! It was so fresh and flavorful without the usual grease associated with eggplant. The shrimp fra’diavlo was fantastic and spicy as implied. The tiramisu was very good and the chocolate crepe brûlée was tremendous in flavor and preparation! Gia is sweet and caring! We will definitely be back. What a great find. 😎

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I eat hear a lot. The food is delicious and the dining room is very pleasant.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent experience! Both momma and Gia were there and most hospitable. Momma G told us her story of coming from Sicily on the Andrea Doria with her parents. The chef is from Italy too which is definitely reflected in the very authentic, home style Italian food. Cafe Gia is the full package, outstanding food served by a personable waitstaff in a casual but upscale setting.
Go there!!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We went for a friends night out and we all had a superb experience. The octopus was so tender and delicious. The beef carpaccio was perfectly prepared.
For entrees we all tasted and sampled each other’s and we agreed that the Osso Buco was the best we’ve ever had. The homemade pastas were outstanding and seasoned perfectly.
Get the limoncello after your meal...it’s homemade!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food, great ambience, and good service made for an excellent night out! The pasta is fresh, and the meatballs were perfectly cooked. Highly recommend a visit!

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Restaurant is charming, food is good. It was dissapointing the item 3 of our party of 4 wanted to order was no longer on the menu. And we didnt know until we ordered.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Cafe Gia- is beautiful inside and out and the food is phenomenal! A must if you are visiting Little Italy! The mother and daughter Team that run Cafe Gia are so warm and welcoming you feel like you are invited to their home for dinner! I had a roasted beet and fennel salad that was so beautiful and so delicious ! Followed by an oven roasted flounder with lemon , rosemary and olive oil that was so fresh and so delicious you would have sworn you were eating at seaside cafe in Sicily! My father , my daughters and my husband all had equally delicious meals ! There is nothing on the menu or the specials that you won't love ! This was our 4th time to Little Italy on a stay In Baltimore- we regret we didn't find Cafe Gia sooner ! We will return to Cafe Gia every time we are in Baltimore ! We had a wonderful evening at Cafe Gia and know you will too! We cannot wait to go back !!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Always a great meal and exceptional friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2017

In town for the weekend. Very enjoyable.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Grilled octopus was pretty good, Veal Saltimbocca was pretty good, but Bolognese fettuccine was nothing special. This place was good enough to return but I've had better in little Italy.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We have been here several times both for lunch and dinner. The food has always been excellent. We heard that the chef is from Sicily. He certainly is good. Gia greeted us at the door. It's always nice to know they're happy to see you. Very, very welcoming woman. She gave us a table for four on the first floor which I had asked for on Open Table. The 4 dishes we chose were a pork shank, 2 pasta dishes with a bolognese sauce, and veal saltimbocca. They were excellent. I might make a suggestion about the bowls the pasta were in.I thought a larger plate would have made for a better presentation. The only other critique would be that the tomatoes on the caprese salad seemed like hot house tomatoes instead of some fresh MD tomatoes. But Gia's is a great place and one of the better places in Little Italy and we've been to most of them. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

We met friends at Cafe Gia upon the recommendation (and gift certificate) from a friend. They were OUT OF ICE TEA AND CREAM FOR COFFEE! How can that be? Service was slow, the waiter was unprofessional. When I asked when we might expect our food, he replied, "when it's ready." The quality of the food was okay. I wrote an email directly to the restaurant - if I was the owner/manager I'd want to know what needs to be addressed. No reply...I guess that says it all!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I wish they had a good house Italian salad. The Caesar salad was horrible. The bolognase had no flavor and they did not have hot sauce. It also was soupy. No owner or manager ever can by just the waiter who was very nice.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Expected more based on the reviews, but it was nothing special. Food was just ok -- pork shank and branzino entrees, and their risottos were overcooked.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The service and building are wonderful. The quality of the food is fantastic as well. The seafood was very fresh and the pasta had a wonderful consistency. The issue is with the taste. The sauces did not have much flavor which led everything to be rather dull. Not bad, but not the best in little Italy.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Best authentic Italian, our kids insist that we come here whenever we are in Baltimore. The handmade pasta is legit.

Tags: Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Delish food, great ambiance and service. Just a little noisy outside because of sirens. No fault of the restaurants, we were in the city. Would definitely go back:)

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Loved this place!!!! Gia the owner is so nice.Staff is excellent. Food was fantastic.
I would go back!!

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Always a joy on every level.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Would not recommend this restaurant. There are plenty of other much better italian and seafood options within walking distance. The service was terrible because they only had ONE server during peak dinner time. Several of our orders were wrong and neighboring tables even sent back their food, and some just left. Very small, not good wine list and twice we had to send our glasses back due to LIPSTICK STAINS still on the rim.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Gia's is an absolute gem! The Italian food is both authentic and delicious. Every dish had the perfect balance of seasoning. You cannot go wrong no matter what you order. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. I will go back again and gain!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Organic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

So great! Will be going back. Feel like we found a new place in Little Italy. Gia and her mother are fabulous. The decor is special, fun and really interesting. The food was as enjoyable as the atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

This was our 2nd visit to Gia's and we weren't disappointed. There were 6 of us and every meal was delicious. Seafood dishes are our favorite but the classic pastas are fabulous as well. The appetizers were awesome as well... especially fond of the calamari and burrata served with fresh peaches and arugula! Best food in Little Italy.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Was actually disappointed after hearing good things about this restaurant. The calamari and shrimp appetizer was so heavily salted it was almost inedible. The salmon was dry, and other dishes were overcooked.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 29, 2017

even though there was a group of 20 seated upstairs who arrived at the same time as us, our meal was perfectly paced and delicious and we had no sense that this otherwise intimate restaurant was overwhelmed. The menu is varied and delicious. Great as always.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Everything was fine but servers need to remember who ordered what so they don't interrupt the conversation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Café Gias is always a delightful experience. Its like having a gourmet home cooked meal in a wonderful setting.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Cafe Gia was wonderful with excellent Itslian food and atmosphere. Madam Gia was there overseeing her guests enjoyment with pride. Worth the experience.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This was by far the best dining experience I have had in years. The food was superb. The service was excellent. The atmosphere was lovely. We are from Florida. What an amazing restaurant. I highly recommend the food.

Tags: Happy Hour, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 6, 2017

A great casual bistro that we will frequent going forward.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Amazing, as expected. This was our second visit and Gia did not disappoint. What a wonderful atmosphere. The soft crab special was delicious!

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 3, 2017

This restaurant was very quiet. The staff were unobtrusive but helpful. The food was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Good food. Great service.

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Everything was excellent except our waitress continually screeed up my sons orders.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 15, 2017

We have been to cafe Gia lots of times and have always had an excellent meal and customer service. This time we were greeted by a new Waitress and we were her first customer and Linda was outstanding.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Portions were small, but the food and service was excellent. The murals and vibe we're welcoming; request a balconly table if you can get one.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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