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“little unexpected jewel” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gio's Italian Ristorante - CLOSED

Gio's Italian Ristorante
Price range: $8 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: For a memorable evening please relax and enjoy our traditional Italian cuisine. Using much of our local harvest, Gio’s Ristorante has created a menu that’s not so much bound to Italian traditions, but inspired by them. Gio’s will make your visit one to remember. Anyone who has spent time dining around Italy knows how hard it is to transport true Italian character of food to anywhere else. So here at Gio’s Ristorante much of the texture and flavor is tied to the freshness and vibrancy of the ingredients that you almost have to be there to get it. Gio’s captures that essence when cooking Italian food from the heart.
Barrie, Canada
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232 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“little unexpected jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2014

Date night with my wife and I took us here for the first time. We were astonished at how good this small restaurant was…from the cozy european style seating, through the excellent attentive service (Wagner the seasoned waiter) and of course to the amazing food. Beef carpaccio was perfect , caprese salad was wonderfully flavourful, and our entrees seafood linguine and veal marsala were so good that sharing was a must. The wine list was affordable and authentic Italian.
We will be back!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank moncoer
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English first
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best restaurant in Barrie!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Love the food, the service and the atmosphere!!! The owner is a super guy and knows how to treat his customers! The food is spectacular! My favourite restaurant in Barrie!!!!!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dani R
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Barrie, Canada
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25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

This is a wonderful little Italian restaurant that serves an excellent meal. Our favorite is the four course Chef's Special. It's a surprise of delights every time we go to enjoy it.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sam154980
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Barrie, Canada
Level Contributor
38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Dinner with Friends”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

We planned a night out with friends and heard good things about this restaurant. Our dining experience was excellent. The food and service were both of a very high standard. We would return here again without hesitation.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank CDNTrav00
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Barrie, ONT
Level Contributor
59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“One of the best places to eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

We've been here many times to eat and always enjoy it.

The ambiance inside the restaurant is small, low light and intimate. It's never too loud which makes for nice conversation, something that can't be said for a lot of restaurants. On our last visit we decided to try the patio as it was a nice night. While a little louder than inside with the traffic, it was still very nice until the sun went down and the mosquitoes decided they were going to dine with us (or maybe on us would be more accurate).

We decided on the four course taster. I always enjoy these as we can leave it up to the chef to deliver his best. I must say he did an excellent job of doing so. Each dish was excellent.

I particularly enjoyed the salad, a delightful mix of fresh fruit, greens, prosciutto and goat cheese. While not overly adventurous and could probably use a bit of extra in the textures and spices, there remained a delightful mix of flavours, colours and aroma in an easy to eat dish.

The lobster cannelloni was also a treat. I'm really not a big fan of pasta. It's almost never cooked right. As well much of the lobster I've had in this region has been terrible, even bitter. Well, this cannelloni was a delightful exception. He cooked it perfectly and his lobster was superb. Every bite was enjoyable.

The entree was a steak. At first I was very concerned when it was brought out. I wasn't asked ahead of time how I would like it done and I'm extremely fussy about my steaks. On top of that, to me anything above rare is burnt, because most of the steaks around Barrie are not much of an upgrade from boot leather and cooking them to even a medium rare results in a dry, tasteless, inedible mess with the texture of sawdust.

This steak was visually very enticing. Presentation was attended to in pleasing fashion, served on a nice bed of seasonal vegetables and topped with mushrooms and blue cheese. Alas it arrived medium. I decided to give it a try first before I said anything. I must say it was fantastic. Even at medium it was very nice, juicy, full of flavour and a nice texture throughout. This wasn't your average steak by any means. To me the best judge of bad steaks is their taste and texture when they're cool or cold. Because I was busy conversing while I was eating I had the opportunity to put this steak to the test...and it passed. An outstanding cut of beef, apparently very well aged.

The chef cooked the vegetables perfectly, the different flavours and textures fit well together and again, while not an adventurous dish, was really quite enjoyable.

Finally, last but not least is the service. I have never known the service to be any less than perfection and there's no question this time was no different. Timing was perfect, impeccably polite, descriptive of the dish and friendly. They have a great wine list and their knowledge of wines compliments the caliber of the food and service very well.

The older I get, the fussier I get. My wife even says I'm a snob - so maybe in future reviews I'll create a snob-o-meter. In the meantime, there's no question that Gios passes the test every time and I look forward to my next visit.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lovetowineanddine
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