Chow Down with John Batchelor at GIA | Meals & Drink

The GIA idea is exclusive. It’s best understood by contemplating the restaurant’s subtitles: Drink, Eat, Hear. 

    Proprietor Nino Giaimo is from New York, however grew up in Greensboro, the place his father owned Sal’s Italian restaurant. The GIA idea grew out of how his household eats — a number of programs, seasonal elements, principally Sicilian in origin, particularly paying homage to the meals his grandmother cooks when the household visits her in Sicily. He additionally perceived a possibility to supply a wider vary of cocktails than what was being supplied in Greensboro on the time.

There are 4 service areas. Within the central room, bar seating to the left seems into an open kitchen, dominated by a big wood-fired oven. Excessive tables and chairs occupy middle stage. Extra seating, separated with security glass, traces the suitable aspect, in entrance of the bar. The library and parlor, quieter and extra intimate, are situated within the rear corners. Ground-to-ceiling home windows and a chandelier within the parlor add a contact of class. The entrance nook is dedicated to a lounge with its personal personal bar. And an outside balcony seems out onto New Backyard Highway. 

Bar Supervisor Daniel Lis presides over a big wine checklist — 43 choices by the glass (the higher-end ones are disbursed from a Coravin system, which preserves taste), heaps extra from the bottle. However this isn’t only a wine bar. 

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Lengthy Island Iced Tea

The web site describes GIA as a “speakeasy,” which covers quite a lot of territory. Your entire first web page of the menu lists cocktails (some with out alcohol), and the vary of Scotches, Bourbons, and the like is kind of wide-ranging. Furthermore, Dan gives courses — the best way to make cocktails from a selected period, or these related to varied areas, or from movies, for instance. Drinks concocted at these occasions are unique. A Lengthy Island Iced Tea variation utilized Italian liqueurs- not like something my spouse or I had ever had earlier than, however it tasted actually good! The Godfather Half Two blended equal elements scotch and amaretto with a bitter twist.

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Godfather Half Two

Tastings from chosen distilleries have developed a very talked-about following, usually promoting out and requiring repeats. These occasions are important sufficient to draw the eye of suppliers, a few of whom ship representatives, a number of of that are memorialized on engraved barrel heads mounted on the wall behind the bar. You may even order customized blends that develop out of those periods. The Battleground ABC retailer has GIA bourbon bottlings on the market. 

I’ve attended a number of scotch and bourbon occasions, in addition to a tequila presentation. I’m not conscious of the rest in our space that’s this elaborate or supplied at such a excessive degree of experience. The experiences I’ve had at GIA, mixed with samplings from neighbor Chris, have induced me so as to add bourbon to my residence bar menu. 

Though second within the nomenclature, meals is in no way secondary to the idea. It’s nicely conceived and nicely ready, particularly with a watch towards pairings with wine and cocktails. Pattern dishes are included with the tasting occasions.

Govt Chef Eric Hess educated in Cleveland, Ohio, on the Auburn Profession Middle. He moved to Greensboro about three years in the past and began cooking at GIA, subsequently taking on the kitchen when the earlier chef departed. He has been cooking for over 30 years, along with singing. He creates music tracks for the restaurant’s particular occasions.

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Brussels Caesar Salad

From the Shared Plates part of the menu, I’m particularly enamored with the Brussels Caesar Salad. That is composed of shaved Brussels sprouts scattered with croutons and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, with a Caesar dressing. A Radicchio and Bok Choy salad is enhanced with goat cheese and an orange slice — a number of major flavors that go nicely collectively.

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Radicchio and Bok Choy Salad

Garlic Oregano Frites are a few of the greatest French fries within the Triad. Freshly minimize russet potatoes are blanched, rested, then fried and sprinkled with oregano at service, yielding commendable texture and taste, enhanced with truffle-infused aioli for dipping. Contemporary Artichokes are evenly battered and fried; an herb aioli lends an extra taste profile that serves the pure artichoke style fairly nicely. White Bean Crostini provides pesto and sun-dried tomatoes to the mashed beans. A number of layers of taste play off one another nicely. 

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Garlic Oregano Fries

That huge purple oven cooks flatbreads, Sicilian fashion. Margherita layers contemporary mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, and contemporary basil over the crust. Spicy Sausage is joined with roasted yellow bell peppers, plus marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. My spouse and I discovered these giant sufficient to share as a starter or perhaps a essential course.

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Fried Artichokes

The kitchen takes specific pleasure in its Charcuterie menu, particularly the imported Italian meats minimize with particular tools. Cheeses are nicely represented as nicely. 

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White Bean Crostini

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Margherita Flatbread

From the bigger Plates choices, Roasted Trout is coated with panko breadcrumbs, making a crisp crust that doesn’t supersede the flavour of the fish. The presentation is putting — evenly browned fish adorned with slices of pink grapefruit and lemon, swirled with yuzu beurre blanc sauce, plated over candy and spicy haricots verts. The Beef Filet is a six-ounce portion, tender, exhibiting stable depth of taste, surrounded by a vivid yellow confit egg yolk, dabbed with deep inexperienced tarragon chimichurri sauce, flanked by a roasted and sliced Yukon Gold potato. Once more — a lot of shade equaled by taste. Stuffed Rooster legs are stuffed with lemongrass and risotto, unfold with gochujang paste, a play on Cambodian stuffed rooster wings.

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Roasted Trout

Though they don’t seem on the menu, small plates which might be a part of tasting periods benefit point out in their very own right- Beef Curry over Farro, Beef Tenderloin with truffled mashed potatoes, Risotto with Marinated Shrimp and salsa verde, and roasted Butternut Squash over arugula, for instance. 

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Beef Filet

The July Bourbon Membership occasions on Tuesday, July 11 and 18 at 6 p.m. will characteristic an unique Woodford Double Oak Single Barrel launch. I will probably be attending certainly one of these, however not each! Even I’ve my limits.

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Butternut Squash

The third ingredient of the GIA idea, Hear, has been suspended for some time, beginning with COVID. However you possibly can take heed to folks speaking about foods and drinks! 

When GIA first opened, I confess that I simply didn’t get it. I used to be on the lookout for recurrently sequenced, clearly delineated programs, and that’s not the best way GIA’s service works. Simply float. Or order one course at a time. Many return visits have enabled me to take pleasure in this place.


John Batchelor has been writing about consuming and consuming since 1981. Over a thousand of his articles have been revealed. He’s additionally writer of two journey/cookbooks: Cooks of the Coast: Eating places and Recipes from the North Carolina Coast, and Cooks of the Mountains: Eating places and Recipes from Western North Carolina. Contact him at [email protected] or see his weblog,



1941 New Backyard Highway, Greensboro, NC 27410



Hours: 5-9 p.m. Tuesday; 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Charcuterie: $5-$44; Sicilian Flatbreads: $14; Shared Plates: $9-$18; Giant Plates: $24-$46; Desserts: $9-$10

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