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Restaurant Week Menu

Please join us for East Penn Restaurant Week

4 courses $30 PP (not including alcohol, tax and gratuity) Please choose one item from each course

APPETIZERS

SOUP OF THE DAY- please ask your server

ARTICHOKE, MOZZARELLA BRUSHETTA- with homemade crostini

FRIED CALAMARI- with marinara sauce

SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS- side of zesty tomato sauce

 

SALAD

HOUSE SALAD- romaine lettuce, tomato, and onion choice of 4 homemade dressings

**Creamy poppy seed, balsamic, lemon vinaigrette, strawberry white balsamic

 

ENTREES

PENNE VODKA -Creamy blush sauce with prosciutto, shallots & peas

CHICKEN ITALIANO- Sautéed with prosciutto, asparagus, sundried tomatoes in light garlic sauce served with Tuscan fries or penne marinara

SALMON – Grilled and served with sautéed spinach & balsamic glaze

GIO SCAMPI – Shrimp, artichokes, tomatoes, arugula, lemon, garlic, butter, white wine sauce over linguini

9” OPEN FLAME GIOVANNA PIZZA– Salami picante, homemade sausage, hot peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & basil

HOMEMADE SAUSAGE & BEEF LASAGNA-Layers and layers of cheese, zesty marinara

 

DESSERTS

TIRAMISU-made with espresso & dark rum soaked lady fingers & sweetened mascarpone

ZABAGLIONEsweet Italian pudding with berries

CANNOLIclassic Sicilian pastry filled with sweet ricotta

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World Nutella Day is Back!!!

Join us for WORLD NUTELLA DAY

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2017, 5pm-9:30pm

Reservations 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.

Speciality items featured for Thursday, February 9, 2017, 5pm-9:30pm in addition to our regular menu:
BEVERAGES
HOT CHOCOLATE– STEAMED MILK, NUTELLA (non-alcoholic)
COCOTELLA MARTINI- COCONUT VODKA, DORDA CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR, FRANGELICO
APPETIZERS/SIDES/ENTREES
 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  CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH CINNAMON POLENTA
COCOA RUBBED PORK TENDERLOIN– SPICY NUTELLA BARBEQUE SAUCE WITH SMASHED SWEET POTAOES
 DESSERT
HOMEMADE CREAM PUFF – STUFFED WITH NUTELLA CREAM
COOKIES & CREAM -HOMEMADE SMORES ICE CREAM WITH NUTELLA COOKIE
NUTELLA PIZZA -TOPPED WITH FRESH FRUIT
**ALL ITEMS CONTAIN NUTS, BEWARE OF NUT ALLERGY
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We’re Celebrating Our Anniversary by Giving YOU a Gift!

It’s our Anniversary! Gio Italian Grill has been serving the Lehigh Valley for nine years! And we are celebrating by giving YOU a gift…or two or three.

Thanks to you, we are celebrating our ninth outstanding year of serving authentic Italian cuisine, unique cocktails, and decadent desserts!

And thanks to you, we are celebrating our ninth year of welcoming friends and neighbors for real open-flame pizza, made with imported flour and San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and NO sugar added! YUM!

And thanks to you, our loyal customers, we are celebrating our ninth year of creating exciting, gourmet specials with a unique Gio twist.

So thank you! Thank you for sharing none years of authentic great food and great friends with us!

To celebrate, we will be giving YOU a gift.

Once again, for every visit you make Monday-Thursday this April, you will receive a sealed envelope* with a special offer inside which is redeemable in May.

Best of all, every envelope is a winner!

Here’s a list of some of the prizes…

  • 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…

We look forward to serving you this April and all year!

Thank you again!

 

*Envelopes cannot be combined with any other offers. Cannot be used on holidays. One envelope per table, per visit Monday-Thursday during April 2016. Upon your next visit in May bring your sealed envelope to redeem the prize. Envelopes are invalid if not opened at Gio by May 31, 2016.

Envelopes expire May 31, 2016 with the exception of lunch, 1/2 price wine, and VIP pass offers.

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Gio Will Be Open on February 14th. Come Be Our Valentine!

Most people agree that Italians are in love with love, so no one should be surprised that we LOVE Valentine’s Day. That’s why, even though Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will be open and ready to welcome you!

That’s right! We will be here at Gio Italian Grill, celebrating love with our famous open-flame pizzas and array of amore-inspired cocktails. We are also adding several luscious Valentine’s Day specials to our regular menu, including chilled strawberry soup, clams casino, super lump crab cakes and sweet mascarpone with brandy soaked strawberries.

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner

To 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 Lovers

DRINKS

  • 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

APPETIZERS

  • 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

ENTREES*

*Served with house salad and Italian bread

  • 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

DESSERT

  • SWEET MASCARPONE TOPPED WITH BRANDY SOAKED STRAWBERRIES

Come celebrate la Festa di San Valentino with Gio!

 

World Nutells Day

2nd Annual World Nutella Day Celebration at Gio!

Tempura Battered Bananas with Nutella sauce and Mango habenero puree

Tempura Battered Bananas with Nutella sauce and Mango habenero puree

Back by popular demand! Gio will be celebrating World Nutella Day on February 4th from 5PM-9:30PM. Reservations are recommended! Call today!

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. Tony and Giovanna grew up on Nutella and Gio was one of the first Lehigh Valley restaurants to incorporate Nutella on its menu over 8 years ago.

Please feel free to share items and mix and match as an appetizer or dessert! Let your taste buds and mind have fun.

 

Special World Nutella Day Menu

BEVERAGES

HOT CHOCOLATE– STEAMED MILK, NUTELLA (non-alcoholic)

COCOTELLA MARTINI- COCONUT VODKA, DORDA CHOCOLATE LIQUEUR, FRANGELICO

 

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Nutella sauce with sea salt

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Nutella sauce with sea salt

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

 

Nutella pizza

Nutella pizza

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.

Win Again

Help Hassan Win Again!

Last year, our very own Hassan DeJesus was voted Lehigh Valley Style’s best waiter. Well, it’s time to vote again, and we think Hassan has what it takes to win again!

If you’re a Gio regular, you probably know Hassan! He’s been part of the Gio family for over seven years, making a meal at Gio that much more wonderful.

Best of the Lehigh Valley categories where we think we excel!!

BEST SANGRIA
BEST BREAD THAT’S TOTALLY WORTH THE CARBS (Tony drives all the way to NY for it!)
BEST JUICY BURGER (It’s on our lunch  menu if you have not tried it)
BEST PLACE TO GRAB DINNER ON THE WAY HOME (If you’ve never tried our take-out, you should!)
BEST BUSINESS LUNCH LOCATION (Remember, you can call in your order ahead of time if you are on a schedule)
BEST GIRLS LUNCH LOCATION
BEST OUTDOOR DINING
BEST WAITRESS/WAITER(NAME AND ESTABLISHMENT) (Hassan!!!)
BEST BARTENDER WHO KNOWS YOUR SIGNATURE DRINK (Ryan!!!!)
BEST PLACE TO IMPRESS YOUR DATE

For the third year, Lehigh Valley Style will poll their readers to find the best of the best of the Lehigh Valley. And you, our beloved customers can help us by voting!

With over 8,500 votes in its second year, the third annual Best Of the Lehigh Valley  program is an online survey that polls LV Style readers on their favorite businesses in over 100 categories including: food & drink (That’s Us!), health & wellness, shopping & beauty, leisure & recreation, entertainment & nightlife, services & help and kids & family. Winners are revealed in the June edition of Lehigh Valley Style and celebrated at the Best Of the Lehigh Valley Party.

Submit a completed entry and you will automatically be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to our 2016 “Best Of” Party in June!

Voting will run through 1/31/16. One submission per person is permitted.

Remember, for your vote to count, Lehigh Valley Style requires you to vote in at least 25 categories.

Winners will be revealed in the June edition of Lehigh Valley Style along with a celebration at our “Best Of” Party!

Thank you for your continued support of Gio Italian Grill! We hope to see you at the “Best Of” Party!!!

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We Won Again!

For the forth, consecutive year, we have been named the Lehigh Valley’s favorite gourmet pizza in Lehigh Valley Style’s Decadent Dish contest.

But that’s not all! This year, we were also voted Favorite Italian restaurant!

Thank you Lehigh Valley! We are honored and humbled.

Authentic Italian cuisine

We are elated to hear that our friends and neighbors in the Lehigh Valley love our authentic Italian cuisine (with a Gio twist, of course). We strive to use the freshest ingredients to create exciting, original recipes to delight our customers. We travel back to Italy often to explore new flavors and cooking techniques. We use what we learn to grow and improve the dishes we feature. We are proud to offer a menu that is uniquely our own.

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The Best Pizza in the Lehigh Valley…Again!

We pride ourselves on serving authentic, open-flame pizza made with the finest, freshest ingredients. We follow the Italian tradition of great pizza making. All of our pizza is hand tossed and baked in an authentic Woodstone “open flame” hearth at 600 degrees. Our dough is made from  “00” flour, imported from Italy. Our Margherita (Gio’s plain pizza) is topped with San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, Pecorino Romano cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, sea salt and basil. We proudly do not add sugar to our sauce or dough.

What Our Customers Are Saying

We asked a couple of our regulars why they love Gio; what makes us your favorite destination for gourmet pizza and authentic Italian cuisine?

Here’s what a few of them had to say:

“Great food, great service, great neighborhood place to meet friends!” –Judy

“Great neighborhood place with fantastic pizza, drink and service. Kid-friendly (Gio pizza is my 10-year old daughter’s favorite” –Kim

“Gio has a great atmosphere and the food is always excellent quality and authentic yet unique … and the chocolate fudge cake is AMAZING!” –Nicole

“Gio is our go-to restaurant. We can always expect to an excellent meal and superior service.” –Kate

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It’s Time to Book Your Holiday Party!

catering9_bigThis year, really enjoy your holiday party. Let Gio do the work for you. Gio Italian Grill can cater your holiday party or event. We have space on our premises for your private party or we can prepare trays for you to pick up.

Nothing rings in the holidays like excellent food shared with friends and family. But, nothing can cause more stress than trying to prepare that perfect meal. We can provide exactly that so you can relax. Whether you are planning a get together of just a few close friends or your entire office, we can create a menu that will impress your most discerning guests.

Entrée trays include veal or chicken Francese, Marsala or Parmigiana as well as Tilapa. We also offer half and full trays of Penne Vodka, Spaghetti & Nonna’s Meatballs, Roasted Vegetable & Herb Lasagna, Ravioli Marinara and Rigatoni Bolognese.

We also offer a full variety of starters including trays of imported meats, cheeses, fire roasted vegetables, olives, and crostini, salad platters and quarts of soup.

Click here for a partial list of available options and pricing. Call us today at 610-966-9446 so we can start planning the perfect holiday party!

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Fresh Basil Anyone?

Come enjoy our patio!

Come enjoy our patio!

There are a lot of reasons to love our patio; abundant sunshine, fresh air, great food, and how about the towers of fresh basil?

Every summer, we take advantage of the warm weather to grow as much of this staple of Italian cuisine as we can. A few years ago, we found the perfect way to cultivate our crop; The Tower Garden. This wonder of hydroponics allows us to plant many plants in a relatively small space. You can grow almost anything in it, but we grow nothing but basil. Why? Because we use this fragrant herb in so many our authentic Italian dishes, as well as using basil oil to garnish our plates.

About Basil

Sweet 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.

Want to Grow a Hydroponic Garden?

Tower Garden® is a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system. It’s perfect for rooftops, patios, balconies, terraces—just about any relatively sunny place outside. It can also be used indoors with a grow light. You can grow your own fresh veggies all year long! It interested, get in touch with Pat Sullivan at Juice Plus (http://psullivan.towergarden.com)

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Caponata, Just Like Mom Makes

imageCaponata (Sicilian: capunata) is a Sicilian eggplant (aubergine) dish consisting of a cooked vegetable salad made from chopped fried eggplant and celery seasoned with sweetened vinegar, with capers in a sweet and sour sauce.

This vibrant mixture of fresh vegetables historically was served as a main course. Over time, it has evolved into a side dish, often served with fish. At Gio, we serve it as antipasti to be spread on home-baked flat bread, which Tony bakes in the Woodstone open-flame oven

Caponata perfectly embodies the Sicilian affinity for agrodolce – sweet and sour. Made with vinegar and sugar, the levels of sweet and sour in caponata vary from household to household. In our version, we follow the same recipe as Tony’s mother, which means our recipe leans to the sweet side.

As is traditional in Sicily, we start with the finest fresh eggplant, which we combine with other ingredients like onions, olives and capers. We cook this slowly until we achieve the perfect texture. We add Mama’s secret blend of spices and vinegar and continue cooking until vegetables caramelize, adding just the right amount of sweetness to the sourness of the eggplant and vinegar.

Caponata became popular in our family, as well as most of Sicily, because in the summer we had all the fresh ingredients available, so our family jarred it and preserved it in oil, then we could enjoy it all winter long.

This classic recipe probably dates to the ninth century, when many believe the aubergine was introduced in Sicily by the Saracens. Culinary historians have suggested that eggplants may have been grown in Sicily earlier, perhaps as early as Roman times.

Enjoy this traditional Sicilian treat the next time you visit Gio. Ask Ryan, everyone’s favorite bartender, to suggest the perfect drink for pairing.