Not only does Stavanger have one of the countries finest New Nordic restaurants, and the best Japanese restaurant without comparison, but they also have the most authentic Italian eatery! Casa Gio is a small and intimate restaurant with 20 seats, situated just a block away from Sabi Omakase in Pedersgata. It seems this street is as hot on new places to eat as Torggata in Oslo! Peruvian-born Giovanna Ordonez was trained at Restaurant Toscanini in Amsterdam, but like her charming Italian waitress told us “she has taught me more about Italian food than I learned from being born and raised in Italy!”
We brought my parents here to dine on a Friday night and were all completely blown away from start to finish. Tagliatelle with a duck ragu that had been cooked for several days, black ink risotto with lobster, and not to mention the ravioli filled with sweet potato and topped with almond shavings, orange zest, and butter – all so rich in flavor and cooked with tremendous love. Hearty, Italian home cooking has never been better in Norway than it is at Casa Gio. As a finish, we enjoyed a tiramisu so soft and creamy and packed with the right flavors that it just barely beat the incredibly airy and light pannacotta with fresh berries. Mamma mia!