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The Chicago Traveler

Gio’s Café & Deli

by Matt B on May 27th, 2007

Most people only head to Bridgeport on the south side of Chicago to go to White Sox games at U.S. Cellular Field. That’s quite unfortunate because they’re missing out on the historic working-class neighborhood which has been home to Lithuanian, Italian, Mexican, and Irish immigrants.


One hidden gem is Gio’s Café & Deli, which has only been in the neighborhood for a few years but already feels like it’s been around forever. It’s a restaurant, deli, and Italian grocery store all rolled into one. Consequently, there aren’t too many tables to sit down at, but because it’s out of the way from heavy traffic, you probably won’t have difficulty finding an open seat.

This place isn’t fancy. The tables are topped with red and white plastic tablecloths, and refrigerators are stocked with soft drinks. It’s not about décor; it’s about food here. A chicken vesuvio sandwich is served with a great garlic sauce, the linguine and clams will have you feeling first-class, and the penne melenzana is something you’ll tell your friends about. From pastas to paninis, the prices are right for the plentiful servings.

With great food and mom-and-pop charm, Gio’s may have you coming to Bridgeport a little more often.

Photo credit: merfam

Gio’s Café & Deli ($): 2724 S Lowe Ave; 312-225-6368
Mon - Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Street parking available
Public Trans: Bus #8, 44 or Orange Line (Halsted)

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