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About Gigi's Cucina Povera

Gigi's Cucina Povera is a Sicilian/Mediterranean restaurant in Buffalo, NY. In our "poor kitchen" the philosophy is simple: Make great food with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, transforming the simple into more than the sum of its parts. Our menu includes Sicilian comfort food and peasant-style fare like pasta dishes, risotto-based dishes, seafood, and slow cooked meats. Daily specials feature fresh, local produce. Gigi's is owned and operated by Mary Ann Giordano. Chef Giordano has competed in many regional cooking competitions and has authored a cookbook, "The Saint Joseph's Day Table Cookbook," along with her father. Come and experience great food in a Sicilian country atmosphere.

981 Kenmore Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14217
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sicilian, Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Kitchen Hours:

Monday thru Thursday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Hiler Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(716) 877-8788

Website:
http://www.gigiscucinapovera.com/

Entertainment:
Live music each Wednesday and Saturday. Full calendar located on our website at http://www.gigiscucinapovera.com/events.html

Catering:
Custom Catering available for any occaision further details on our website or contact us directly

Parking Details:
Parking available to the rear of the restaurant additional parking available on the street

Public Transit:
On major bus line

Executive Chef:
Mary Ann Giordano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Gigi's will be offering a special Christmas Eve tasting menu, featuring the Feast of the Seven Fishes in addition to our regular menu.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Live music with Bobby Militello quartet, and special new years eve dinner package, regular menu is not available, 2 seatings available

Gigi's Cucina Povera Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for a Date (9)
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Authentic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Live Music (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Cozy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Business Meals (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good Italian cuisine with live music made for an enjoyable evening. Table was very small for 4 people. Our waiter was extremely friendly & may have been new as he lacked experience & expertise while taking our order. Overall the food & wines were very good & reasonably priced. The music was a good compliment to an enjoyable evening. I am certain that our server will improve with experience & highly recommend Gigi's Cucina Povera.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Live Music, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Went there for a date night and to see the live entertainment. The food was excellent and the music was great. Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was delicious and the ambiance was charming. Highly recommended for great Italian food

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The specials were incredible! All our plates were exceptional.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I was there with friends on a Thursday night, it was not crowded. Waitress was very personable and helpful. We ordered a couple of starters, the chicken liver was very good. Stuffed peppers nice and hot. All four of us had different entrees, pasta, fish, scallops. All the entrees were good, sizeable portions. No room for dessert, but one tiramisu was ordered. Somewhat disappointing because it didn't have much flavor of coffee and was somewhat dry. All in all it was a nice dinner and service was good. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First of all, it was local restaurant week. We decided to give another try. We visited the restaurant two years ago and was not impressed. The server was complaining about how busy it was because of restaurant week. My wife's dinner arrived cold, had to send it back . Had to ask for bead with the meal. The server looked surprised that I would like bread. Never asked if I wanted another glass of wine. Desert (which we had to share) was very small. In fact the biscotti that was suppose to accompany the desert was cut in half! Really! Not coming back again. If you want great service , excellent food, but a little pricey..........go across the street to Sinatra's !!!!!!!!!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Went during restaurant week. All items on the limited menu were great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have wanted to try Gi-Gi's for sometime. We went during Restaurant Week in October. I had made reservations for 7 pm and within minutes a table was ready for us. The waitress was prompt and very attentive checking on us throughout our dining experience. The food was delicious and served in timely fashion. A nice touch was the delicious bread with two dips that came with our drinks. Our second order of drinks came very slow and I still had 1/2 of my drink left when our desserts and coffee arrived. The table they sat the four of us at was a small card sized table. It was a bit cramped but we made do. Overall it was a pleasant experience and we will return in the future.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food and service at this restaurant is absolutely phenomenal. Each time I'm here it's like a new experience. The food is beyond unique and enjoyable.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We go to Gigi's frequently but made sure to go on Restaurant week because they have the Bolognase on the menu. It is Amazing. Better than other local upscale restaurants where I have had it, including Sinatras and Olivers. Please put it on the regular menu!!! The sea salt Carmel gelato is also amazing. The bartender is great too. Nice wine menu too. Place was packed on a Thursday night. So nice them doing so well!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was just ok. Owner made some rude comments within earshot of my wife and I and others. Based on that I would not go back. I can get just ok food at a hundred other places in Buffalo

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

been here several times everything has always been very good

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Gigi's just doesn't get it nor do they care. Have dines there whenever Bobby's playing and prior to BPO concerts. Never again. I'm not alone in remarking that they are DISORGANIZED, CANNOT HANDLE A FULL RESTAURANT, SERVICE IS SLOW AND MEALS TAKE AN HOUR AT BEST. Don't go hungry...don't make a reservation as they pay no attention to it, no sense of customer service, appreciation or repeat business. At least 8-10 people walked out this weekend in disgust. Owner/cook could care less. Good luck with that! Should not be on Open Table and emailing the restaurant privately is a waste of time.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I was disappointed in the service at GiGi's. We had a nice young man at the bar but he was replaced with a rude woman bartender who should not have been behind the bar. Their website said they had happy hour but the bartender said not tonight, we only do that now and again???!!!!
The chef kept coming out to sit at the bar with a friend but never came around to see how the meal was for patrons. Once seated for dinner, we had the young man as our server so the service improved.
The food was good, clams casino, very good, but because of the service experience and lack of interaction by the chef/owner I would not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Our experience dining at Gigi's is always fantastic. Rachel and Theresa are awesome servers; so friendly and warm, genuinely nice to our son. It is one of his favorite restaurants in Buffalo. This particular evening we took my Father-in-Law out for dinner and it was the Dine Out for Life event to benefit Evergreen Health. It was encouraging to see the place quite busy. The food was excellent as always. Even though not on the menu, my son requested steamed clams; the servers quickly checked to see if they could be made for him. We shared a dozen clams, of which my son ate 7 alone. The steak and salmon dishes were also excellent, perfectly cooked and seasoned. We always leave Gigi's happy and very full. It is an excellent restaurant with a warm and inviting staff. In short... warm, inviting atmosphere, happy, friendly staff, and a delicious menu with lots of great options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Never had a bad meal here: food has always been good. Diners should ask for the bread tray: fresh bread with lively made- in-house condiments. Salads are especially fresh & lively. Waitress friendly,.uuhhm..chatty. (My favorite wait staff at this restaurant watches the table, keeps glasses full, dishes arrive & disappear without comment.)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

This restaurant was amazing! The waiter was absolutely fantastic and extremely attentive. Since it was our first time our waiter took the time to go through the menu with us. This restaurant is truly a gem and I look forward to many more visit!

Tags: Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was subpar

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Our meals were very good. I especially liked the soup.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Gigi's was VERY good. My wife and I LOVE Italian food and Gigi's really lived up. The service was very good and the food taste and presentation was great. The amounts were good too. A lot of food which was great for me and for my wife to be able to take home for the next day. The wine list was good and cocktails were creative and tasty. Would (and have) definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This restaurant has offered consistent Italian/Sicilian food for quite some time. Food is always of good quality, appropriately priced and definitely prepared according to authentic Italian and Sicilian recipes. They have two or three specialty items not available elsewhere. We have down here five or six times in as many years and will certainly return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Lovely anniversary dinner. Our server Jon was awesome. Thanks!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always a perfect dinner. Whether a small group or large one, Gigi's can handle it. Great ambiance and delicious food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Nice neighborhood restaurant, homey atmosphere. Friendly staff, great service, good comfort food. There was live jazz the night my friends and I were there, it was the icing on the cake. Will go back and recommend highly.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was great, cute little restaurant, only complaint was that went on a night the band was playing, the band was wonderful it was just way to loud. We had a hard time to have a conversation with one another across the table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I have never had a bad experience here! I Love it!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I've eaten here before and honestly this was the first time the meal was unacceptable. The appertizers were ok but the majority of the dinners were poor. The chicken and veal parm we visible burned and should have never been served. We brought friends with us this time based on previous dining experience. I'm not sure we will be back

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Meal was excellent but the service after the meal was served was lacking. The closure was painful slow.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 18, 2017

As I noted in your survey the food was wonderful.
The service was a bit slow.
Wed definitely come back & hope to catch music next time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Wonderful family owned authentic Italian restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Brandon was an excellent waiter. We will return and request him!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

We went to Gigi's on a last minute "We are in the area, Looks good, Let's try it" whim. It is surprisingly good food and service. It is a neighborhood gem. we truly enjoyed the food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

We have enjoyed this restaurant before. The service seemed especially slow. We were dissatisfied with one of our meals - the eggplant could not be cut with a knife or chewed because part of it was so tough. We asked the server about this and he said he'd check with the cook. Only when we asked later what the cook said, he told us the cook said "it happens." Though I often get eggplant, I have never had one so tough I couldn't cut nor chew it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

My ratings tell all

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I love Gigi's, great food and great atmosphere! It is a little restaurant in the heart of Kenmore, the food is Italian, but not too heavy. I had the chicken Milanese with spaghetti and arugula, perfect portion and the taste was great!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

It was my first time with my family. Food and service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Gigi's normally opens at 4pm but featured a Sunday brunch for Mothers Day. Omlettes were huge, thick & delicious. Wait staff were fast & friendly. We will be back again for dinner soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Excellent dinner the day before Mother's Day. My in-laws loved it and the live Italian music was a treat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Oysters were "southern" perfect. Chicken livers were unique & very flavorful. Ravioli & sauce delicate yet tasty. Plate sizes are perfect. Recommend going with sm. plates to experience more. Excellent server. Donnafugato (sat behind me in 3rd grade) Itl. red wine, a knock out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Though our server was very kind and attentive, the food was terrible. When our salad arrived, my husband thought it had a "strange" taste to it. His entree was the Penne con vodka; ate very little of it and left the full plate. On the way home he said his stomach felt funny and gassy. For the next six hours, he experienced intestinal distress and was up all night.

UNFORTUNATELY this effected very important plans the next morning.... something he looks forward to all year. He could not attend!

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