Many Italian restaurants feature traditional decor and real-deal, undiluted dishes. What’s missing, however, is the warmth and essence of Italian hospitality. Not at Gia Ristorante Italiano. Owner Laudati and chef Guasco are a prominent part of the dining experience, regularly checking in with guests ensuring that meals are being enjoyed. As for the food, the menu features simple, authentic dishes with a modern twist from the Lazio region of central Italy including expertly executed bruschetta and risotto. Laudati, who previously owned Bella Trattoria and Panta Rei in San Francisco, appears to have another winner on his hands.