Italian / Manayunk

Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB to Open in Manayunk

Gigi BYOB Manayunk

Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB, located at 4357 Main Street, formerly So Crepe, is set to open its doors for dinner this Wednesday, August 3rd.

Owned by Chef Craig Wilson of Maya.J, also in Manayunk, and his fiancee Jacqueline Au, Gigi (what the Wilsons called their mother) will be an homage to all mothers and grandmothers who have lovingly made comfort food for their families for generations.

Gigi co-owners Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson

After traveling the world and living in New York for the last decade, Craig Wilson has come home and is starting his own family. His partner and fiancée Jacqueline is pregnant with their first child. At Gigi, Craig and Jaqi want guests to feel like they are being invited into their home. It will be cozy, casual and unpretentious.

The decor will reflect a combination of rustic with a contemporary feel. Wilson and Au reached out through social media requesting photos of their friends’ beloved grandmothers. Almost 100 photos were submitted. The selected photos, filled with generations of love, will hang proudly on the walls. There are 46 seats in the dining room and 8 seats on Main Street for those who prefer to dine al fresco.

Gigi Window Seat

The menu will offer a variety of appetizers, salads, pizza, pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. There will also be a kid’s menu.

Menu staples include:

Insalata di Rucola baby arugula, roasted red pepper, asiago with balsamic vinaigrette ($11)

Insalata di Rucola baby arugula, roasted red pepper, asiago with balsamic vinaigrette

Vongole Clams with a choice of three sauces – long, short or bianco sauce ($14)

Vongole Clams with  bianco sauce

Fusilli Parmigiano parmesan cream sauce, mushrooms and fresh spinach ($19)

Fusilli Parmigiano parmesan cream sauce, mushrooms and fresh spinach

 

Shrimp Scampi spinach over linguini ($26)

Shrimp Scampi spinach over linguini

Linguini Fra Diavolo mussels, clams, shrimp and cherry peppers in long sauce ($30)

Linguini Fra Diavolo mussels, clams, shrimp and cherry peppers in long sauce

Chicken, NY Strip and a Petite Filet are offered in a variety of preparations:

  • Chicken Parmigiana ($22); Simple Grill ($19-$24)

  • Marsala Mushroom ($22 – $26); Gorgonzola ($22 – $26)

  • Saltimbocca ($28 – $32)

Pizza offerings include: Margherita ($15); Pepperoni ($15); Italiano ($16); Bianca ($17); Gambretti ($18); and Funghi ($15).

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GigiManayunk

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gigi.italian.byob/

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