Authentic Italian pizza dough

Authentic Italian Pizza Made with Imported 00 Flour

We make authentic Italian pizza dough using only the finest “00” flour, imported from Naples, Italy.

Authentic Italian pizza flour

We use Imported Caputo “00” flour to make our authentic Italian Pizza

Gio Italian Grill uses only Italian tipo “00” flour, also called doppio zero flour, to make our pizza dough. Why? Because you need real Italian flour to make authentic Italian pizza. In the US, flours are categorized by how much protein they contain. In Italy, they are categorized based on how finely they are ground. “2” flour, which is coarsely ground, is at one end of the continuum, and “00” flour, which is powder-fine, is at the other end. The “00” flour we use to make our dough is the finest grind available, and gives our dough an incredible super-smooth texture. In the United States, fine grinds of flour, like cake and pastry flours, tend to be low in protein. The Italian “00” flour that we use, contains over 12% protein, much like all-purpose flour. This yields extremely workable dough that produces great crust with a thin layer of crispness, a nice airy hole structure, and just a bit of chewiness. Just like maestri pizzaioli the world over, Gio creates authentic Italian pizza using imported Caputo “00” Pizzeria flour to make all of our pizza dough. Caputo “00” Pizzeria flour is additive free and all natural. It is a proprietary blend of the best wheat available on the global market. If you want to try authentic Italian pizza, made with dough just like they use in Italy, visit Gio Italian Grill today. We offer the basic Margherita, made with just sauce and cheese, as well as a wide variety of authentic toppings, or a choice of several Gio specialties. Gio Italian Grill: An authentic taste of Italy in the Lehigh Valley  

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. faveitalian

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

Where Do We Buy Our Sausage?

homemade sausage

Tony grinds all of the meat for our homemade sausage.

Buy sausage? Absolutely not! We make it by hand! If you have tried our famous Giovanna Pizza or new baked cavatelli, then you know how amazing our sausage is. The reason it’s so good? We make it ourselves using only the finest ingredients! That’s right! Proprietor and pizzaiolo Tony DiMaio grinds, seasons, and prepares every morsel of sausage that we serve … by hand.

Our Homemade Sausage

What goes in to making the best sausage this side of Italy? Tony starts with a whole, fresh pork butt. He then grinds it right here in our kitchen, making sure every piece is up to his standards. After the entire piece of pork is perfectly ground, Tony spreads out the meat and seasons it with sea salt from the Mediterranean, freshly ground pepper, and the perfect amount of dried fennel. Then, he lovingly combines all of the ingredients by hand, making sure that they are properly distributed throughout. Once he is satisfied, Tony cooks the sausage to perfection in our open-flame oven. Delizioso! If you haven’t tried our homemade sausage, be sure to order one of our dishes which features it today!

Try our homemade sausage in the following menu items:

Baked Cavatelli

Baked Cavatelli


Homemade sausage in basil, roasted pepper cream sauce topped with mozzarella


Rapini Panini


Homemade sausage & broccoli rabe




Salami picante, homemade sausage, hot peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella & basil

Margherita with toppings


Fresh mozzarella, San Marzano sauce, basil, extra virgin olive oil & Pecorino Romano cheese.

TOPPINGS - Piccola ½ .75 whole 1.50  Grande ½ 1.00 whole 2.00

Salami Picante (pepperoni)
Pancetta (bacon)
Prosciutto (ham)
Roasted Red Peppers
Kalamata Olives
Broccoli Rabe
Wild Mushrooms
Roasted Garlic
Fresh Mozzarella

Homemade Sausage
Nonna’s Meatballs
Ricotta Cheese
Red Onion
Hot Peppers
San Marzano Sauce
Caramelized Onions


Homemade Sausage

  Gio Italian Grill: An authentic taste of Italy in the Lehigh Valley        

The Vote’s Are In: Gio Makes Your Favorite Pizza 2012!

Tony makesyour favorite pizza.

Tony makes a Quattro Gusti pizza. Image courtesy of Lehigh Valley Style.

Gio Italian Grill has won the 2012 Lehigh Valley Style Decadent Dish award for Favorite Pizza! Have you checked out this month’s issue of Lehigh Valley Style? If you did, you already know that they love our pizza! If not, here’s what they had to say:
It starts with hand tossed dough made from 100-percent wheat flour imported from Italy. Then it’s topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and basil. And that’s just the plain pizza at Gio Italian Grill. Owners Tony and Giovanna DiMaio know a thing or two about creating the perfect pie. Both were involved in family restaurants and born to Sicilian parents. They’re a couple who love food and sharing it with their neighbors and friends. After cooking alongside chefs in Palermo, Sicily, Tony returned home (with recipes in hand) and began his search for a high quality brick oven like the ones he encountered in the old world-style of cooking. He found an open flame hearth, while Giovanna imported authentic ingredients and wines, and the rest is history. Together, they’ve created an irresistible marriage of crispy thin crust and savory toppings you know were combined with love. Perhaps that’s why the Salami picante, homemade sausage, hot pepper and fresh mozzarella pizza is called the Giovanna.
Thank to everyone who voted for us! We are proud to make the Lehigh Valley’s favorite pizza.