Drinks aren’t available yet, but they will be soon, promises Café Gia’s sweet owner, Gia Blattermann Fugate. The restaurant staff needs to go through some required training, she said, and then they can start serving liquor. I’ll let you know when that happens. I found this out today when I was there for lunch. (I’m a huge fan of the eggplant sandwich.) There was a healthy lunch crowd, which is always nice to see during this economy and especially during the dog days of August. Another new feature at the Little Italy bistro is the second-floor balcony for outside seating. It’s especially nice in the evening for people-watching when Eastern Avenue comes alive with pedestrians. The next time you stop by, also check out the photo of Gia’s other new addition—baby Luca, who’s almost seven months old now. I saw Gia pushing him in a stroller a few weeks ago. He’s a cutie and seems as good-natured as his mom.