Wine Dine and Play: Gigi's

Gigi's

Gigi's restaurant in St Pete Beach, Florida opened in 1967 and today has three locations serving simple comfort Italian foods.










Old Italian On The Beach
St. Pete Beach, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Italian
Average Price: $$
Overall Rating: 1/5
Dined: October 2019

By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Gigi's Zomato rating:

Gigi's Italian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 





Gigi's began in 1967 by the Newberne family, originally based out of Atlanta, Georgia. With southern hospitality and a love of Italian Gigi on St Pete Beach was born. Today there are three locations run by the second generation of the family. The original St Pete Beach location which we dined at and based the review for Wine Dine and Play has been voted the best on the beach 15 years running. 

The dining room at the Gigi's restaurant in St Pete Beach, Florida
Gigi's / Dining room (picture courtesy of Gigi's)

Gigi's Menu:
    • Appetizers
    • Cold Salads
    • Soup of the day
    • Sides
    • Entrees
    • Pasta
    • Pizza
    • Early Birds
    • Children's
    • Desserts
    • Lunch menu

My wife started with a glass of Caposaldo chianti from100% handpicked grapes comprised of a blending of 75% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Malvasia. The fruit for Caposaldo Chianti comes from the hilly province of Arezzo and Siena in the Chianti region of Tuscany, grown in mineral-rich soils. After handpicking, grapes are brought to the winery for a traditional vinification that produces a greater extraction of flavor, color and tannins. Thirty percent is aged in oak vats prior to bottling. Ruby red with a fruity perfume, smooth texture, excellent structure, and a long, elegant finish. A classically produced Chianti

I had a glass of the Castle Rock Pinot Noir a 2016 Central Coast Pinot Noir that was recently awarded 88 points and is now featured in the Winespectator.com tasting report “12 Affordable California Pinot Noirs – New reviews of reds from Santa Barbara, Sonoma and more for $30 or less” Witten by Aaron Romano.

We came for an early dinner, taking advantage of the early bird and regular menu by splitting two entrees starting with the medium-sized pizzas half Margherita and second half called radio waves. The radio waves were topped with mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and basil. The Margherita is one of my wife's goto selections for pizza whereas I bounce around with toppings, and the radio waves sounded delightful. The sausage had a nice spice tempered by the freshness of the basil, earthy tones and a semi-heavy gluten flavor from the crust. The cheese was heavy-handed but to me, that was nice, even though it does block other flavor profiles. 

A split pizza of radio waves with pepperoni, mushroom, and sausage followed by a classic margharita pizza at the Gigi's restaurant in St Pete Beach, Florida
Gigi's /  Pizza

The early bird fettuccini alfredo was tossed with broccoli and thicker creamy sauce that was missing basic seasonings and flavor. Only bare amounts of parmesan came through, and seasonings needed to be added. There are many variations and varieties to making alfredo recipes, but it is hard to mess up. Seasoning is key, otherwise, you eating warm milk. The dish did hit the spot and both dishes went nicely with the wine selections.

A simple dish of early bird fettuccini alfredo with broccoli at the Gigi's restaurant in St Pete Beach, Florida
Gigi's / Fettuccini Alfredo

The only downside to the overall experience was the dining room. Besides being a little darker for a beach-side restaurant it had a slight odor that we had smelled before in a few other older buildings by the water that we have dined at like the La Cote Basque Winehouse in Gulfport.


Dessert:
We did not have dessert during this visit.


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Final notes, review basics, observations, and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambience, food quality, and wow factor. 
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Gigi's a 1 out of 5 stars, meaning that they were an average dining experience like most restaurants.

Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings for Gigi's
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Ambience
11
8
3
Food quality
10
7
3
Plate presentation
10
7
3
Customer service
13
8
5
Alcohol and other beverages
6
3
3
Total regular points awarded
50
33
17
Total percentage — less the Bonus

0.66

“Wow” factor BONUS
5
0
0
Total bonus percentage

0

Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating

0.66

Stars Awarded (see chart below)
- 0 - 5
1

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


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Overall Star Rating:
1 of 5 Stars: 
66% Rating with a 0 point “wow” bonus
An Average Dining Experience
Corkage fees:
Gigi's does not list any corkage fee’s however, most American restaurants charge $25.00 per bottle
Restaurant-style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style at Gigi's:
Italian
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Gluten-free choices, Low Carb Choices, Pescatarian, Vegetarian Options
Reservations:
Not Required
Walk-Ins:
Accepted, but not guaranteed
Dress code:
Casual attire

It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:


The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Gigi's Experiences:
Contemporary, Rustic, Hole-in-the-wall, Tourist grabber, and a Neighborhood Gem
Payments:
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
Gigi's has a private lot or street meter parking
Wifi
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Low
Smoking:
Gigi's is a non-smoking restaurant with a non-smoking patio   
Patio or terrace:
Yes






Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)


**Currencies reflect the world’s major travelers, restaurant, or wine connoisseur’s**

Currency:
Price
United States Dollar (USD)
$$
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
££
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
$$
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
¥¥¥¥
European Union (EUR)
€€

 Alcohol prices:

$32.00 USD




Gigi's:

4399 Gulf Blvd 
St Pete Beach, Florida 
33706, United States





Contact Information: 


Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
+1 727 363-3344
Website Contact:

Email Us:

Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Dinner: Mon-Sun
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Social Media 
And 
Accolades for Gigi's:
Gigi's Facebook link                










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The world’s best restaurants is a subjective list of who is writing it and changes on a regular basis. The Wine Dine and Play best experiences are based on my highest rated stared restaurants, meaning that the visit was an outstanding or extraordinary experience. From cafés, chains, mom + pops, hole in the walls, to fine dining including a few Michelin spots. Visit the Top 100 page to see the entire list.


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“Culinary perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, 
But in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
-Angelique Arnauld (1591-1661)



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