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“Good Food, Friendly Atmosphere!”
Review of Da Gaia

Da Gaia
Ranked #90 of 2,094 Restaurants in Genoa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$39
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Righi
Reviewed 27 March 2011

I agree with the previously posted positive comments about Gaia; we had a very pleasant evening there. Reservations recommended, especially on the weekends. The menu consisted of many interesting options including fish, meat and pasta. As an American living in Genova and slow to learn Italian, I appreciated the menu in English and a delightful waitress who seemed pleased to speak English and provided prompt and friendly service. As previously stated the vegetable antipasti, was excellent along with my stuffed ravioli with artichokes and asparagus. A strange phenomenon in Genova seems to be in play when ordering how well done you request your meat to be cooked and it also occurred here. Order meat “well done” and it comes out medium rare, order meat medium and it’s just barely seared on both sides! I suggest you ask how they cook meat before ordering! Italian meat is very different from the USA; neither good or bad, just very different. It’s been my experience to stick with fish, seafood, pasta and regional specialties. We had an excellent bottle of wine with dinner (15 EU) and then ordered a glass of house wine, which was mediocre. Tossed green salad isn’t their specialty: it was shredded lettuce/cabbage a carrot and tomatoes, but the artichoke as a side was excellent. My husband’s broccoli was overcooked; but that’s the Italian way. I’m not sure that I would rate this as the best restaurant in Genova, but you won’t get a bad meal here and the atmosphere is friendly. I would definitely return for more pasta and their excellent wine list!

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Reviewed 6 March 2011

DA Gaia is not situated in the most picturesque locations of but don't be put off by the dark Vico in which it is located. Once inside you will find hearty fare and a warm setting. I ate twice at the Gaia in one week and was impressed by the consistently high standard of cuisine on both occasions. A good sign is that the clientele is local but the menu is also available in English which helps as the cuisine is most definitely Ligurian. To start, try the vegetable anti-pasta which is surprisingly difference from the usual mix of marinated mix in olive oil, then go for the local pasta dishes: trofie with pesto, saffron taglierini with shrimps or pasta with walnut sauce. Finish off with the sharply refreshing lemon sorbet. If budget allows, opt for the wine list rather than the local house wine as there are some real gems which are hard to find in the UK at such a reasonable price. We enjoyed an elegant Alto Adige Chardonnay from the Elena Walch vineyard - 22 euros a bottle! The bill came to about 30 euros per head.
In the UK, a meal of this standard cooked using locally sourced ingredients and homemade pasta, and such superb wine, would be easily double that. Just one thing, it's a good idea to book in advance if you want to eat at Da Gaia. My impression of Da Gaia is a lasting one and I was struck by the love and care that so obviously goes into the mouth-watering cooking.

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Reviewed 3 March 2011

Awesome food. Unpretentious setting. Very friendly staff. I would go back there in a heartbeat

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Reviewed 17 October 2010

After having been out to several restaurants in Genoa, Da Gaia together with Vico Palla are the best I came across. Da Gaia has a nice atmosphere, service is friendly, very nice menu and good food. On top, the reasonable prices left a very pleasurable after-taste making the visit worth while.

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Reviewed 18 September 2010

Appetizer Gaia was excellent. Good pasta with mushrooms. Sea Bass was a generous portion. Tuna was also good. Cooking style was simple. Decent value.

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