About BasilSweet basil, or Ocimum basilicum, comes from the Greek word “basileus”, which means king. Although most people equate basil with Italy, it originated in India, and was brought to Italy via the spice route during ancient times. It quickly became an integral seasoning in Italian cuisine. So much so that for many Italians, basil became a symbol of love. Word has it that is an Italian woman placed a sprig of basil on her balcony, her beau knew that he could call that evening. Sweet Basil and its close relative, basilico genovese, are the only varieties used in Italian as the others tend more toward a minty flavor. Sweet basil’s flavor is often described as spicy and peppery, with a hint of clove and mint. Its flavor pairs well with: olive oil, garlic, lemon, rosemary and thyme – and of course, tomatoes and pasta dishes.
What’s Hydroponics?Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. Terrestrial plants may be grown with their roots in the mineral nutrient solution only, or in an inert medium, such as perlite or gravel. Hydroponics has proven to have several advantages over soil gardening. The growth rate on a hydroponic plant is 30-50 percent faster than a soil plant, grown under the same conditions. The yield of the plant is also greater.
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In Italy, the meal isn’t over until something dolce (sweet) is enjoyed.At Gio Italian Grill, we make all of our desserts right here, in our kitchen. We use only the finest, freshest ingredients. And, like the rest of our menu, we follow Italian tradition, but we add our unique Gio twist!
Our DessertsChocolate Fudge Cake – The soft chocolate center and rich cake will melt in your mouth. Our warm Chocolate Fudge Cake is served with fresh, homemade whipped cream and strawberry puree. Nutella Pizza – A Gio Original! Chocolate hazelnut spread on fresh baked pizza crust… topped with fresh fruit of the day. This dessert is perfect for sharing! Lemon Panna Cotta – Creamy custard with hints of lemon and vanilla bean. A must have! Tiramisu – Made with espresso and dark rum-soaked lady fingers and sweetened mascarpone Zabaglione – With fresh berries—sweet Italian pudding Cannoli – Classic Sicilian pastry filled with sweet ricotta
The Origins of Our Classic Italian DessertsMany of our desserts have their roots in classic, even ancient Italy. As Italians, we grew up with these desserts and we love to share them with our guests. Learn more about what makes them so special…and classic! Lemon Panna Cotta – Panna Cotta, Italian for cooked cream, is a classic Italian dessert. This elegant, softly set custard is smooth as silk with a hint of lemon and vanilla bean. Panna Cotta is made by blending thick cream, egg white, and sometimes honey. Then, the mixture is baked in a bain-marie — or water bath — in a low oven. Panna Cotta is believed to have originated in the Northern Italian region of Piedmont although it is eaten all over Italy. It is unknown exactly how or when this dessert came to be, but some stories suggest that cream, for which mountainous Northern Italy is famous, was historically eaten plain or sweetened with fruit or hazelnuts. Tiramisu – Tiramisu, meaning “pick me up” or “lift me up” is another classic Italian dessert. Traditionally, it is made of ladyfingers (Italian: Savoiardi) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa. Most accounts of the origin of tiramisu date its invention to the 1960s in the region of Veneto, Italy, at the restaurant “Le Beccherie” in Treviso, Italy. Gio makes Tiramisu with espresso and dark rum-soaked lady fingers and sweetened mascarpone cheese. Zabaglione – Zabaglione is a simple Italian dessert traditionally made with egg yolks, sugar, and sometimes Marsala wine. Some say that Zabaglione was invented in the 16th Century in Florence, Italy in the court of the Medici. It is classified as a “caudle” (a sauce used to fill pies or tarts) rather than a custard. The original pre-sixteenth-century version of zabaglione was a drink made from or wine or ale thickened with egg yolks. Cannoli – Another classic Italian dessert! Cannoli originated in Sicily and are still an essential part of Sicilian cuisine. The singular of cannoli is cannolo, meaning “little tube”. Cannoli consist of tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta cheese mixture. Cannoli originally come from the Palermo and Messina areas and were historically prepared as treats during Carnevale. Cannoli can be traced back to the Arabs during the Emirate of Sicily, an Islamic state which existed from 831 to 1072. Initially, they were deep fried dough tubes filled with various sweets, which were a popular pastry across the Islamic world, from Al-Andalus to Iraq, including Sicily. The dessert eventually became a year-round staple throughout Italy.
Gio is Sammie’s favorite pizza now. We were there Tuesday night…do you think she’d share? No! She ate the whole thing herself! What can I say? The kid knows good food! —Sammie’s mom, KimDepending on your child’s palette and appetite, there are also several items on our Antipasti menu that might make great choices for the little foodie in your family; fried calamari with marinara sauce, mussels steamed in a pancetta, shallot and Peroni broth, or sautéed shrimp, lemon garlic herb butter, arugula and Italian bread to name a few. So don’t worry about finding something just right for the smaller members of your family at Gio Italian Grill!
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Join us for WORLD NUTELLA DAY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2017, 5pm-9:30pmReservations recommended: 610-966-9446 Back by popular demand! Gio will be celebrating World Nutella Day on February 9th from 5PM-9:30PM. Nutella (pronounced “new-tell-uh”) is a tasty, unique spread made from the combination of roasted hazelnuts, skim milk and a hint of cocoa. Nutella has no artificial colors or preservatives. Our chef’s have created unique, homemade items to celebrate World Nutella Day. Nutella is one of Italy’s most cherished items for adults and children.
- Gift Cards for $100, $50, $25
- VIP Pass- 10 or 15 % off every bill valid May & June
- 1/2 price bottle wine
- A pizza a month for nine months.
- Mini cannoli
- Free dessert
- Free Soda, coffee or tea
- Free Cappucino or espresso
- Free side dish
- and many more…
Enjoy a Romantic DinnerTo ensure your evening is as romantic as possible, here are a few phrases to whisper between bites… Buon San Valentino, Amore Mio = Happy Valentine’s Day, My Love Amo te oggi e sempre. Buon San Valentino = I love you today and forever. Happy Valentine’s Day Con te ogni giorno è San Valentino … Grazie Amore = Everyday with you is St. Valentine’s Day … Thank you Love
A Special Menu Just for LoversDRINKS
- STRAWBERRY MIMOSA-Sparkling white wine, strawberry rum 8.5
- COCOTELLA TINI- Coconut vodka, Frangelico, Dorda chocolate liqueur 9.5
- SOUPS (CUP 4.95/ BOWL 6.95)
- CHILLED STRAWBERRY SOUP-Topped with fresh mint
- CREAMY CLAM CHOWDER
- CLAMS CASINO– Pancetta (bacon), peppers, onions 9.95
- BAKED MAC & CHEESE– Roasted chicken, goat cheese, rosemary topped with breadcrumb 10.95
- PROSCUITTO WRAPPED MELON-Balsamic vinegar, fresh mint 9.95
- SUPER LUMP CRAB CAKES– Served with garlic mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetable ribbons, and garlic aioli 26.95
- HONEY GLAZED PORK LOIN-Au gratin potatoes, grilled asparagus 19.95
- MONKFISH– Fingerling potatoes, sautéed spinach, herb butter 24.95
- SWEET MASCARPONE TOPPED WITH BRANDY SOAKED STRAWBERRIES
Come celebrate la Festa di San Valentino with Gio!
Special World Nutella Day MenuBEVERAGES HOT CHOCOLATE– STEAMED MILK, NUTELLA (non-alcoholic) COCOTELLA MARTINI- COCONUT VODKA, DORDA CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR, FRANGELICO APPETIZERS/SIDES/ENTREES HOMEMADE BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI– LIGHT NUTELLA SAUCE AND SEA SALT 1/2 PORTION (4) FULL PORTION (8) FRIED BANANAS– SERVED WITH NUTELLA SAUCE AND MANGO HABANERO SAUCE CHICKEN BREAST STUFFED WITH MARSCAPONE CHEESE & APPLES- TOPPED WITH NUTELLA AND CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH CINNAMON POLENTA COCOA RUBBED PORK TENDERLOIN– NUTELLA BARBEQUE SAUCE WITH SMASHED SWEET POTAOES DESSERTS NUTELLA TAPIOCA PUDDING– TOPPED WITH PISTACHIOS AND NUTELLA BICOTTI NUTELLA PIZZA -TOPPED WITH FRESH FRUIT **ALL ITEMS CONTAIN NUTS, BEWARE OF NUT ALLERGY
What is Nutella and What Is World Nutella Day?
Nutella spread was created in Italy in the 1940s by Mr. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company. At the time, cocoa was in short supply due to World War II rationing so there was very little chocolate. Mr. Ferrero used hazelnuts, which were plentiful in the Piedmont region of Italy where he lived, to extend the chocolate supply. Nutella was born. In 1983, it made its first US appearance.World Nutella Day, www.nutelladay.com was created in 2007 by Sara Rosso, an American writer living in Italy. On this day, lovers of Nutella the world over get creative and celebrate with the chocolaty-hazelnut spread.