Gaia Italian Cafe: Homemade Food and Family Feel

For Gaia Bagnasacco, the force behind the new Gaia Italian Café on East Houston Street, running her restaurant is more than a business; it’s personal.

Being a Gaia’s customer is a bit of a commitment: the chef knows your name, what you like and what you ate last time you came in, which was probably yesterday. If the food you order takes a little while to prepare, she’ll plop down a little dish of something you didn’t order to tide you over.

Gaia Italian Cafe

Authentic Italian panini and house-made specialty dishes, salads and sweets. Cured meats and cheeses imported weekly from Italy are also available for purchase in bulk. Opened in February 2011 by proprietor Gaia Bagnasacco.

251  E. Houston St.


Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; closed on Sunday


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