Gaia Brings Taste of Italy to 251 East Houston

Posted on: February 2nd, 2011 at 6:18 am by

Bust out those dusty textbooks and start brushing up on your Italian skills, as Gaia Italian Cafe is now serving at 251 East Houston.  Yesterday was the first day. Descend the iron stairwell into a cozy eatery of eight tables. The atmosphere is homey, defined by wood flooring, exposed brick, and pop music from the home country; walls are decorated with prints of antique maps and vintage paper advertisements.

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Gaia Cafe is owned and operated by Milan native Gaia Bagnasacco, whose ultimate goal is bringing an authentic taste of Italy to the Lower East Side. Ergo, more than just coffee and cakes. Bagnasacco cooks/prepares all the food and bakes the pastries, while another employee is tasked with register duties.  And if that’s not enough, there’s a host of imported sweets and other sundries available for purchase. Seriously, where else can you find glass bottles of San Pellegrino Chinotto or Sanbitter?

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Above all, Gaia is an affordable pit-stop that won’t make much of a dent in your wallet. Most of the menu items sit below the $10 price point, and a cup of regular coffee runs $1.80.

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For now, said menu is printed almost entirely in Italian.  Take a stab…

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