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“The music was so loud I could not think let alone eat or talk” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gio's Cafe & Deli

Gio's Cafe & Deli
2724 S Lowe Ave, Chicago, IL 60616-2533 (Southwest Side)
312-225-6368
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Ranked #307 of 8,392 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $10 - $17
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Dining options: Takeout, Delivery
Neighborhood: Southwest Side
Phoenix, Arizona
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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
“The music was so loud I could not think let alone eat or talk”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

Went to Gios on what turned out to be the WRONG evening. A little background music would be nice, but THIS was horrible. I only see these friends once or twice a year and we sure didn't get to talk. Loud cannot even describe it. We asked for another table and were assured we'd get one, but we were not moved and many others found their way into the back of the restaurant away from the music.
On the other hand, the food was very nice.
The waiter was bit over the top. Not sure who he was trying to impress.
Probably would not go back.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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111 reviews 111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“A True European Feel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

Small, neighborhood restaurant in Bridgeport. Has an authentic European feel with tables in the center, shelves of Italian goods on the wall and a deli counter in the back. The eggplant sandwiches (roasted and fried) are excellent. The pasta with eggplant pieces also outstanding (lots of garlic), as are the 2 types of arancini appetizers. Others loved the veal parmigiana and the pork tenderloin specials. Desserts, so-so.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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“WHAT A JOY AND SURPRISE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2011

This place is a storefront - not on the Mag mile, not in little Italy - but hidden away on a side street in Bridgeport. It is a imported grocery store. It is close to the White Sox ball park. It has street parking (no meters). And, . . . it has some of the best italian food that I have had since I had a feast cooked by my cousin Al from Italy. I did not have tons of room and there was only me for dinner tonight - I had spagetti with meatballs and sausage. Plain unexciting fare. Except, it WAS exciting. The meatballs were light and fluffy. The meat sauce was flavorful - reminding me of cousin Al's Sunday gravy. Filled with subtle flavor and tons 'o meat - almost a Bolonase? I ordered a special - Italian poork chops with oven pootatoes. Hubba-hubba!! Tender, flavorful, yummy in my tummy. The cannoli - not your usual ricotta cheese version with chocolate chips but . . . marscapone - rich, light, fluffy - and drizzled with chocolate sauce - as if the cannoli weren't enough? This place is fantastic!

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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“We love Gio's”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

I am hesitant to write about Gio's, for fear that others will discover the amazing food, reasonable prices, and fine service at this humble storefront restaurant. It is BYOB, so pick out a fine bottle of Chianti or maybe a Spanish red before you go. For an appetizer, try the tomato salad (ripe heirloom tomatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, red onions and balsamic vinegar) or the calamari; if the spinach arrincini are on the specials board, go with them). For an entree, check the specials first, or perhaps opt for chicken Milanese or the Shrimp Diavolo, which feature plump jumbo shrimp over pasta in a spicy red sauce. For desert, we like capuccino (decaf available) and either cannoli or a package of imported Italian cookies from a nearby shelf; this place is a small grocery store, with a kitchen in the back and tables in the middle. Great service. Prices are great; you can do dinner for four for about $125 tops, with tax and tip. Give them a try, but not on Friday nights, as that's when we like to go!

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