Monday, June 6, 2022

Gaia Italian Café set to debut on 3rd Street

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.
And the duckies have returned to decorate the kitchen.
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.”

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Anonymous said...

So glad they're back. Missed their very tasty and very affordable pasta.

Anonymous said...

The best lasagna in all of NYC. All of her food is as close to being in Italy 🇮🇹 as it gets. 😋 💕 💞