Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
Updated 6/7: Certified open
Neighborhood favorite Gaia Italian Café is expected to have a soft opening this week at its new home at 226 E. Third St. between Avenue B and Avenue C.
For now, the Café will be open for a few weekdays at lunchtime (no weekend hours yet) with a limited pickup-takeout menu while chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco and sous chef Kevin Espinal adjust to this new adventure.
An assortment of Italian shelf-stable products (sauces, truffle polenta, grilled artichokes, imported Italian pastas, vinegar and oils) will also be for sale, in addition to a new line of ice cream and house-made treats.
In an interview, Bagnasacco said she created the storefront “as a tribute to Earth [Gaia is the Greek goddess of Earth], that will have the face of a shop or to-go ‘Gastronomia,’ focusing on serving the community, awareness of Earth matter, and on a style of eating that follows the Mediterranean diet as a primary source in the homemade Italian tradition of the cafè.”
You can follow the Gaia Instagram account for updates.