Like a hula-hoop, a plateful of pasta must be twirled expertly before it is sprinkled with cheese and eaten. Perfect your swiveling technique with today’s Groupon to Gio’s Cafe and Deli. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian and Sicilian comfort fare Monday–Thursday.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Italian and Sicilian comfort fare Friday or Saturday.<p>
Founders Giovanni Liuzzo, Ignacio Bautista, and Victor Quezada founded Gio’s Cafe and Deli to provide the community with homespun Italian and Sicilian dishes in a comfortable setting. When preparing the breaded poultry of chicken Siciliana ($12.95) or the marinara-laden shrimp diavolo ($17.95), cooks can personalize meals by accommodating requests for additional ingredients or to use strands of spaghetti to monogram each plate. Behind the counter, sandwich artisans layer hot or cold panini fillings between griddle-fresh bread ($5.25+). Homemade tiramisu ($5.25) helps meals end pleasantly, unlike other restaurants’ tendency to signal the end of dinner with an earthquake drill.
Visitors can snag a seat at one of the dining room’s quaint tables, which sport red-checkered tablecloths and are flanked by the deli’s shelves of pastas, olives, and sweets. Gio’s BYOB policy invites diners to bring along a bottle of wine or a well-aged cluster of grapes from their cellar.
Gio's Cafe and Deli
Giovanni Liuzzo, Nacho Bautista, and Victor Quezada have been working in restaurants together since 1992. But it wasn’t until 2001 that their dream to own one together came to fruition on a humble street in Bridgeport. Enter Gio’s Café and Deli: a one-stop shop for homemade dishes and Italian groceries. Their plates includes decadent raviolis with cheese and meat, chicken parmigiana, or roasted pork chops. But they also specialize in class Italian sandwiches, which they stuff with housemade meatballs, san daniele prosciutto, genoa salami, and fontinella cheese. Such hearty and homestyle meals have earned acclaim from several media outlets including Check, Please! and ABC Chicago.
The petite eatery hosts a small squad of tables topped in red-and-white checkered cloths, arranged so that conversations are intimate yet chatter fills the space. Along one wall, shelves flaunt Italian imports such as homemade giardinera, olive oil, chocolates, and pasta ready for at-home cooking.