Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Happy returns: New location of Gaia Italian Café — REVEALED!

After closing nearly one year ago on East Houston Street, the new shop and takeout location for Gaia Italian Café has been revealed.

EVG reader Jonathan Calvenna shared this photo of Gaia Bagnasacco's new outpost here at 119 Essex St. between Rivington and Delancey.

Per Jonathan:
Stopped by to check it out yesterday just as Gaia was walking up the block. She invited me in for a look and said it would likely be a smaller operation than her previous spot on Houston Street, focusing on takeout at first. However, that could change. Ideas are in the works. She anticipated being open by August. Google currently shows her as open at that address, but that's not the case just yet.

So no indoor dining in the new space. 

Bagnasacco closed her popular business on July 26, 2020, at 251 E. Houston St. between Norfolk and Suffolk after nine years. 

At the time, Bagnasacco recommended following her social media accounts for updates on a possible encore for the cafe. She teased the new space in the late spring without revealing the address. 

In the interim, she has been selling her pasta, meal kits and sauces via an online shop — and all available for local delivery.

Previously on EV Grieve:


  1. i can't wait for the delicious, and AFFORDABLE good meals from Gaia...
    (i am tired of spending $27 for simple pasta with sad tomato sauce in the L.E.S.)
    She is the kind of business we need more around= here...

  2. The queen is back!!

  3. Nice to have a more civilized option opening here on this stretch, where it seems like only the whoo-children bars survived.


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