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“The best italian food in Bradenton”

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Gio Fabulous Restaurant
Ranked #196 of 511 Restaurants in Bradenton
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Steakhouse, Bar
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
central Florida
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“The best italian food in Bradenton”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

This is a very cozy restaurant with the best calamari and homemade pasta dishes. We have ordered several and they were all excellent. Don't miss this one if you are in Bradenton.

Visited November 2011
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  • English first
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English first
Bradenton, Florida
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A Little Bit of Italy in Bradenton”
Reviewed August 27, 2011

Family owned & operated. NYC style (actually New Jersey). Authentic Italian cuisine. Very fine, well prepared foods. Quiet. Calm. Nice decor. Extensive wine collection. Only possible negative is, tables are rather small. One of the best Italian sit down restaurants in the entire county of Manatee. Really a nice dining experience.

  • Visited August 2011
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121 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“My First Favorite Restaurant in Bradenton”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

This is a true gem in an otherwise uninviting location! Located in a strip mall next to a movie theater, you'd think you wouldn't find a restaurant as lovely as Gio. I actually used to live right around the corner from the restaurant and would dine there at least once a month, the food was that good! The menu is filled with both classic Italian fare and some more eclectic entrees. The martini list is fabulous as is their selection of wines. The outside patio is great for people watching. The dining room is very dimly lit which is wonderful for a romantic dinner. The size of the plates is good, not too much, so if you're looking for the usual American super-sized portions, you won't find it here. Overall, I LOVE this restaurant and am still a frequent visitor. I can't explain enough how surprising it is to find such a great restaurant in this unassuming location.

  • Visited May 2011
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3 Thank roxycape
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Exceeded Expectations!”
Reviewed July 11, 2011

My husband and I had heard of this restaurant, located in a strip center and next to a movie theatre- thought it might be a great place for pizza, but was completely surprised by the upscale choices on the menu! I had the best chicken picata in my life! My husband had a scrumptous pasta dish, surely a hidden family recipe, as it was so good. We couldn't resist dessert in this well appointed restaurant, with staff nicer and more polished than we anticipated. We loved looking at all the celebrbrity photos posing with the proprietors! On our second visit we did go for the pizza- BEST in TOWN~ and this time I wasn't surprised! Great food, and really fair prices- loved it and will go back for sure!

  • Visited June 2011
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2 Thank greenrobin713
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Bradenton, Florida
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14 reviews
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“Love their salads.”
Reviewed January 29, 2009

Love their salads.

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