After a homophobic hate filled review, Caffe Zia Gianna turns the other cheek.

UPDATE: Since we posted this story about Nino and Caffee Gianna, Yelp has taken down the hate-filled review and Nino has become a US citizen!

Original Post: After receiving a hate-filled review on Yelp, Caffe Zia Gianna owner Nino Barbalace extends an open invitation that all are welcome in his cafe – even the jerk who left this review:


Nino responded with the following post:

“All are welcome at Zia Gianna, even this gentleman. We’d love to show him some kindness from the LGBTQ community because love always wins. #love #dotave #lovewins #dorchester#kindness”

Back in December, Zia Gianna opened its doors to serves up an authentic Italian breakfast and lunch.  It’s been a welcomed addition to the neighborhood and now more than ever are we proud to have such a kind, loving, and delicious business in Dorchester!

It’s important to support small businesses in our neighborhood, especially ones like Zia Gianna! Stop by this week for breakfast, lunch or treat yourself to some gelato!

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  1. Jean Rossner says

    As Betsy Caruso says above: what a lovely, graceful response. And what a disgusting review! I have only been to the cafe a couple of times and planned to go back because of their excellent chai and apoetizing foods. Now I’ll go as often as I can.

  2. Jews Do Not Belong In Italia says

    Betsy Caruso is not even Italian, she is a JEW… Caruso is one of the banned names before Italian unification.