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About Us

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We have an experienced team of specialists in Italian food. Gamba Ristorante was created to offer the Merrillville, IN and surrounding area with authentic Italian cuisine, in space like no other in town. Our chefs cook up tasty dishes and daily specials. When you’re hungry for Italian food that gets 5* reviews, contact us to book a table or for curbside pickup.

Our Story

From the uniqueness of our restaurant’s dome-shaped architecture to our authentic Italian cuisine, we think you’ll find Gamba Ristorante is a truly special place. There’s a reason why we’ve received so many 5* reviews! At our restaurant, everyone is welcome to sit back, relax and enjoy a tasty meal and drink in a pleasant environment. Of course, if you’re just in the mood for take away, we offer curbside pickup. Book your table today or place your order to-go by calling us in Merrillville, IN at (219) 736-5000.

Our History

Gamba Ristorante is owned and operated by the former owners of the Venezia Bar & Grill and Café Venezia. Benito and Hilda Gamba have now combined their efforts and created a unique Italian restaurant with a great atmosphere in a stunning building. Dine with us in Merrillville, IN and experience all that Gamba Ristorante has to offer for yourself.  


Architectural Beauty

We are located in a beautiful dome-shaped building inspired by upscale restaurants in exotic European places. Some say our restaurant is an architectural masterpiece, and it’s hard to miss with its circular design and copper roof. Our wine room boasts storage space for 1,000 bottles. We even have a banquet hall that holds up to 150 people and looks out onto an open courtyard. You’ll find us right off of US-30 and Broadway in Merrillville. 

Meet The Team

Book a table or place an order to-go. From our servers to our kitchen staff, everything we do is with care and professionalism. Our chefs are experts in cooking up classics such as Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Cognac and Cocktail Sauces, Charcuterie and Cheese Boards, Filet Mignon, and a heavy 14 oz. New York Strip Steak.


Raz Bancos



Joseph Flores

Sous Chef








Bill Potts



Elizabeth Kwintera

Pastry Chef


Elizabeth Gurnak

Line Cook


Mihajlo Kalinic


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