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Gio's Italian

#259 of 1,832 Restaurants in Tampa
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3621 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
+1 813-932-1922
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Birmingham, Alabama
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88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On a recent business trip to Tampa my friends suggested we try Gio's. A small restaurant located in a strip mall about 20 to 25 minutes from the Tampa airport. The food was good the service was good and they had a very good wine list to choose from. Each of us tried a different entre and I had the... More 

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Thank Lawrence B
Tampa, Florida, United States
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want a special dinner at a small restaurant, Gio's is a great choice. We've gone twice -- most recently for an anniversary celebration. If you go early for dinner (call to make a reservation), there won't be many people there yet. Service is great, and they'll customize the menu choices exactly for your taste. A piano player starts... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I found this hidden gem about two years ago and it is in our top 5 restaurant in Tampa, even after returning from our Italian honeymoon which prompted us to write this review as a comparison to authentic Italian food. The food is absolutely SPECTACULAR. My wife's personal favorites are penne alla vodka, linguine with clams with... More 

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Thank FooDDguy
Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is not an authentic Italian restaurant; it's a make-believe, Hispanic imitation.. The breaded veal was paper thin and very, very dry and overdone. I had difficulty swallowing it. The salad was disappointing and the pasta sauce was very plain and lifeless. Although the piano music is beautifully played by a very talented Italian, I much prefer a nice, quiet... More 

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Thank Clarisa C
Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Unfortunately not a very good experience--no one in the restaurant at 6:30 PM and we needed to call out for assistance. The server was personable and accommodating but the food product was substandard for the pricing. Chicken ordered was well over cooked and inedible. Although the pasta was good. Management did not acknowledge the problem and we simply left disappointed--unfortunately... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Been there five times in the past few months for both lunch and dinner. The food is always on point. Equally as good as the expensive place on Dale Mabry. Highly recommend!!

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Thank DS68Camaro
Temple Terrace, Florida
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

It's in a strip mall and has a storefront that's nothing extraordinary --but wait until you step inside! It reminded me of a little Italian place in NYC and my friend said it reminded her of restaurants she ate at in Italy. The service was absolutely the best! Joseph was our server. He was incredibly knowledgeable about everything on the... More 

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Thank Frances N
Tampa, Florida
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food. Excellent service. Nice place to have dinner and talk. Very pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Menu is extensive and diverse, from classic Italian to contemporary cuisine. Two of our group had the sea bass. It was superb with an Italian flair. Price is reasonable. Three is us had dinner, nice bottle of wine, dessert, and Cappuccinos. Total was $140.... More 

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Thank William D
Clinton, Iowa
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

Found this little restaurant near our condo in Bradenton, FL.. Wonderful pizza and pasta. Service was good even though it was a Friday night and pretty crowded.

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Thank Marsha S
florida
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016 via mobile

I love this place! Tucked away in a strip mall off Dale Mabry and Waters is the best Italian restaurant in Tampa. Our waiter, Joe was awesome. The food was spectacular and the service was exceptional. A true "find" in Tampa. Love this place!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3621 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33614
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-932-1922

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?