Gioia of New Haven, the upcoming multi-use space featuring an Italian restaurant, market and gelataria, plans an Oct. 19 opening on Wooster Street.
Restaurateurs Tim Cabral of Ordinary and Avi Szapiro of the former ROÌA, have partnered with Anthony and Gerard Bianco (A&G Contracting) to bring the concept to life. The new venue at 150 Wooster Street formerly housed Tony and Lucille's, which closed in 2019.
“We are ready to welcome the community to our fun and casual space, whether it's dining in our restaurant, grabbing a prepared meal or provisions from our market or enjoying a sweet treat from the gelateria window,” said Cabral in a statement. “We’ve leaned into our namesake of ‘Gioia,’ which means ‘joy!’ in Italian, in our food and beverage menu, décor and more, and we promise that this colorful, spirited environment will be one you want to visit time and time again.”
The restaurant, on the first floor of the space, will feature a wood-fired grill and rotisserie, and a seasonal menu designed for sharing with salumi cheese boards, appetizers like eggplant parm bites, smoked carrots and arancini; and salads and pastas offered in sizes for individual or shareable portions. The menu also offers square pizzas, known as “Wooster Squares," with toppings like clam, potato and tomato.
The wood-fired grill will be used for dishes like whole local mushrooms, grilled chicken piccata and Italian sausage, and larger “for the table" entrees include rotisserie chicken and whole stuffed fish. Dessert choices include tiramisu, panna cotta, housemade gelato, coffee options and more, and Gioia will also offer a beverage program with a full wine list, beers and cocktails, featuring seasonal flavors and Italian influences.
“Our open kitchen will invite guests to feel like they are part of the magic, feeling more like they are dining in the comforts of an Italian home than in a restaurant,” Szapiro said “I am looking forward to celebrating the flavors of Italy while drawing inspiration from New England and its seasons to offer an accessible, shareable menu made for fun! With food including options for vegetarian, vegan and other special dietary needs, our doors will be welcome for all to enjoy a delicious, exciting and unique experience.”
Gioia's market concept, with its own dedicated entrance, will sell Italian provisions, housemade pasta and sauces to cook at home, prepared grab-and-go items and everyday items as a convenience for those living in the neighborhood. The market will also be available in the evening for special events, offering a private dining area with a communal table.
The gelateria streetside window, located on the corner of Brown and Wooster Streets, will offer a rotating selection of several housemade gelatos, with traditional flavors such as hazelnut, pistachio and chocolate and other seasonal options.
Gioia will open in phases, with a 1,900-square foot three-season rooftop coming later this year. The rooftop will have its own seasonal food and beverage menus.
Gioia will be open six days a week, offering dinner starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Saturday and Sunday brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a special late-night bites menu will be available Friday and Saturday nights. The market will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The gelateria will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Information: (475) 250-3451, gioianewhaven.com, and its social channels (@gioianhv).