Our Story

Gizio Recreation & Banquet Centre began as a non-profit social club for a community of Italian Canadians from a town in Abruzzo called Pettorano sul Gizio. The property was acquired by the Pettoranesi over 30 years ago and was owned by forty-nine shareholders. In the early nineties a banquet hall was built and attached to the existing house on the property but as the community moved further away from the location the club lost its patronage.
In a bid to hold on to this significant fixture of the Pettoranesi community, the property was acquired in order to hold onto the fabric of this much loved hometown and preserve the celebrated traditions, food and customs of this region. The proceeds from holding various weddings and functions will contribute towards the renovation and refurbishment of the grounds and the buildings for the enjoyment of future generations. In the coming years the management hopes to extend membership to the wider community and allow the grounds to be used for soccer and bocce tournaments, local school fundraising and charity events.
The 49 original shareholders still hold an honorary place and attend club meetings and help to plan cultural events held throughout the year such as the wonderful Polenta Nights.
The 25 acre Gizio property sits on a tranquil corner in the Ontario Green Belt countryside of the Grimsby Mountain – a beautiful country setting to visit any time of year and one that we hope will become a regular fixture in the local community – helping to host the events that make memories for years to come.
Deanine VanderslootDeanine Vandersloot
12:34 03 Mar 23
Went for a chamber meeting food and atmosphere is great as well as the grounds of the place. Definitely would highly consider this centre for an event.
Richard E MooreRichard E Moore
15:42 17 Feb 23
What a pleasant surprise! Just up on the Niagara Escarpment, a short drive up from Grimsby Main Street, Gizio is a hidden gem! It offers two levels of dining spaces and more! I enjoyed our Grimsby & District Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting there yesterday! Great space. Great food! 😋
Britt RicherBritt Richer
14:54 29 Oct 22
Had our wedding there it was a great location could not beat the price and the staff and owners are amazing. Mirella was so helpful for every step of it. Food was amazing and it was nice having the whole wedding at the same venue. Gorgeous property for photos as well could not have had a nicer place. Every guest loved the entire experience and we had an amazing day!
Aaron FulterAaron Fulter
14:19 17 Jun 22
Recently attended a wedding here and I must say the venue is absolutely amazing. Very beautiful and welcoming environment as well as friendly, accommodating staff. The food was also tremendous, 5/5. Fantastic experience. I was so impressed that I would recommend to anyone booking ANY type of party.
Melissa LatchfordMelissa Latchford
18:49 30 Sep 21
My Husband and I were recently married and had our reception at the Gizio club. There are not enough words to express how happy we were about our special day.Mirella, from the very beginning, was fantastic! She really listened to our vision and made it come to life. She was so easy to work with and very accommodating.The venue itself is just breathtaking. Inside and out, is absolutely gorgeous.The food was INCREDIBLE! My guests are still talking about how delicious it was. You will not be disappointment.I wish I could do it all over again because it really was everything I hoped for and more. You will not be disappointed!I would like to thank the Gizio Club, from the bottom of my heart, for everything they did for us, leading up to and on our special day! I cannot wait to return for my sister's wedding!!