on Aug 23, 2013 • by K.P. Attman

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Craving a bit of Little Italy in Bogotá? Want to enjoy some wine with the meal? GiGi’s Restaurant and Wine Market, an Italian-American restaurant and wine market that opened last year in Usaquén, can satisfy that yearning. The entire left wall of the main dining area is a floor-to-ceiling wine cellar where diners can choose the best bottle for the meal, as well as decide which one to take home. Wait a minute…take wine home from a restaurant? At those prices? Well, the good news is that the wines-at supermarket-prices from GiGi’s make that possible.

With wine culture growing in Bogotá, GiGi’s aims to encourage diners to engage in wine experiences by maintaining easily accessible prices. The philosophy behind the restaurant is that the wine that accompanies the meal doesn’t have to be more expensive than the food itself. Having the wines within arm’s reach can also make it easier to browse through the bottles and choose which one should be the guest of honor at the meal.

The wine list was designed by José Rafael Arango, voted Best Sommelier of Colombia at La Barra awards this year. The 167 wines they offer include champagnes, sparkling wines, whites, rosés and reds from around the world. Wines from Spain are among the most popular, priced as low as $39,000 pesos.

GiGi’s keeps those prices low by buying in large quantities and taking advantage of specials, and those savings get passed on to the clients. But the main reason they keep their prices lower is that they simply charge less, thus encouraging their customers to try more wines.

Of course, there’s food here too. French chef Michel Barré worked with Italian chefs and restaurant owners in the United States, and his travels eventually led him to Bogotá where he’s now cooking up good things at GiGi’s.

To accompany the wine of choice they have “Wine Tablets” featuring selections of fish, meat, vegetables or cheese. Some of their other reasons to drink include roasted pork, smoked prawns or salmon filet in vodka sauce. Octopus alla Diavola, BBQ octopus with Cajun sauce, is another specialty.

A new two story location in Quinta Camacho opened early July, with a charming outside seating area. That gives diners two places to experience the complex world of wines at a reasonable price, accompanied by New York-style Italian food.

Calle 118 No. 5-63
Calle 69A No.9-09

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2 Responses to GiGi’s wine cellar

  1. Andy Johnson says:

    I have been to the original Gigi’s several times and always had a great experience. For our first anniversary together, my wife and I decided to try the new Gigi’s on Calle 69A. It was a big mistake. We had reservations but the restaurant was not very occupied. My wife asked for a different table because the one we were given, near the door, was cold. They refused to move us. The wine list at the new place is rather small and when I chose a bottle, they didn’t have it. It took four times to have the bottle I asked for from their menu. The wine arrived and it was good. When our food arrived my wife’s steak was closer to medium rare than medium well. We had to send it back. We finished our meal and wine and waited for the check. We finally had to ask for it. When it was presented, it was wrong, they had forgotten to add the wine. The had to print another. There was not a lot of people in the restaurant as it was about 10:00 pm when we left. The hostess asked about our experience and we said it was bad and reiterated the above. Her only response was that she was sorry.

    I like the Gigi’s on Calle 118. It is sad that they cannot replicate the great selection and service in another location.

  2. bcad says:

    Love this article! Now, I have to find a way to diarize all the tips I am getting for where to go, what to do, where to eat, and so on. Thanks

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