Gia Visto delivers flavorful homemade Italian food in an
off-the-beaten-track Monroeville location.
BY VALENTINA PHOTOS BY LAURA PETRILLA
Gia Visto occupies the space of the former La Cucina Dolce. In fact, the restaurant’s name — meaning “seen again”
(or, more loosely, “déjà vu”) — is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the familiarity of the staff
Gia Visto showcases the
work of executive chef Eric
Delliquadri, who draws from
his extensive knowledge to
create simple yet thoughtful
Italian dishes, like risotto
arancini (opposite page).
Owners Jill Varmecky (also general
manager and occasional chef) and
Michael “Mac” McKay worked at La
Cucina Dolce until it closed in August
2011 — as did executive chef Eric
The creation of Gia Visto was a
“labor of love,” says Varmecky, with
support from families and friends,
local business owners, the Monroeville
Chamber of Commerce and former La
Cucina Dolce staffers and loyal patrons.
Together, they remodeled the space
and reshaped the menu; as a result, the
ethos of Gia Visto is that of a friendly
“We have heart and personality and
a good sense of humor,” says Varmecky.
“We are happy to be together and prom-
ise delicious food and friendly service.”
The restaurant serves traditional
Italian fare with a fresh point of view.