When you hear the name Pizzeria you can't help but think great "pizza". When you hear the name Gia's Pizzeria Italian Restaurant & Bar you can't help but think great "everything all in one". That's exactly what you get at Gia's.
As soon as you walk in, the earthy rust and olive colors make you feel comfortable whether you're there for a quick lunch, meeting friends after work for a drink, dinner with the family, or perhaps a special date night. This is the place for all that, and did I mention the food is great?
Owners Frank and Lynn Guerrieri opened Gia's in October, 2009. Both had been in the food and restaurant business their whole lives and knew this is what they wanted to continue doing. Frank, has experience in cooking fine cuisine, "I brought fine dining here to a casual place. You're getting fine dining for ten dollars." Everything is made to order and the presentation is beautiful. You will see his experience and his passion in every plate. One thing Frank won't do, "I will not sacrifice taste for price." If the price of his ingredients goes up, he won't shop around, he sticks with what he knows is best.
One of his best. Pizza. From the crust, to the sauce, to the cheese. I will be back for this pizza. Guerrieri says it's the cheese. He uses a high quality mozzarella-provolone cheese that makes Gia's pizza irresistible. The crust is golden brown that cracks when you bite into it. The inside is light and airy covered with a delicious sweet tomato sauce but it's the cheese, the gooey, stringy cheese, that makes this a winner. Ahhhh, every bite is so good. According to Frank, "I could eat pizza every day". If it's Gia's Pizza, then so could I Frank. If the plain cheese pizza is this good I can only imagine what the specialty pizzas are like. The most popular? The "Sooooo Big" Gia, named after Frank and Lynn's daughter Gia (now you see where the restaurant name came from). When she saw this pizza for the first time she said it was, "Sooooo Big!". This pie has pretty much everything on it. Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, three different peppers, onion, olives and of course lots of cheese. Gia's has a pizza for everyone; round, square, thick or thin, you can't go wrong with pizza at Gia's.
The menu has something for everyone including sandwiches, salads, broasted chicken, pasta, even prime rib. I tried three great pasta dishes and each one had unique flavors. All the sauces are homemade and made to order and my favorite was the "West 224 Pasta" named after Gia's location,at the corner of West Boulevard and Route 224. Penne pasta is sauteed in a light, creamy pink sauce and pickled hot banana peppers then topped with a panko crusted chicken breast and steamed broccoli. When you try this your first taste is the creamy cheese sauce, but then you get a hit from the hot peppers and the combination of the pickled peppers with the crunchy chicken is one you won't find anywhere else. If you don't want the heat try the Penne Mediterranean with spinach and feta in a light al'olio or Penne Mary Jo which is like mac 'n' cheese for grown-ups.
Gia's also serves chicken and seafood dishes. Crab cakes, Haddock Neapolitan and on Fridays their Beer Battered Fish is a sellout every week. Get there early for this, there's not many places you can get a delicious fish dinner for under $10. For a healthy alternative to fried chicken with all the flavor, you must try the Broasted Chicken. Juicy, tender, crunchy chicken without the grease and a side of breaded Jo-Jo fries satisfies your fried chicken cravings without the guilt.
The menu is like reading a family tree. Lynn's Great Aunt Marie still comes in and makes her famous Pasta Fagioli and Lasagna. Gam's Crouton Soup is Gia's great-grandma's recipe, the Santisi Cherry Salad, Guerrieri Sandwich, and of course Gia's "Sooooo Big" Pizza. It's food from the family, for the family at a family friendly price. Stop in and see why they say, "More Drinks, More food, More Fun". You too will fall in "love at first slice".
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