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Posted by nancy on 10/13/2013
Small and cozy. The atmosphere and service is different depending on how busy and who is waiting on you. Personally, I'm more concerend about the food quality and taste. Farfalle with salmon is huge and delicious. I now judge all ravioli by how it stands up to Giovanni's chicken ravioli. Fresh pasta perfectly cooked! Fagottini is great, pizzas are perfect...bread and oil and vinegar to start. Try the bruschetta..garlic, basil and tomato! Torte della nona is unsual and has become a favorite dessert treat. Love this place!
Posted by Amanda D. on 04/02/2008
I live in the neighborhood and get food to go regularly. Their salmon dinner is simple, delicious and satisfying. It is always grilled to perfection (juicy and moist inside with just the right amount of crunch outside) and it comes with broccoli, carrots and roasted potatoes. The Pollo di Milanese is also very pleasing. A generous portion of breaded chicken breast with the same dinner sides (vegies and potatoes). As for the pastas, I love the Penne Vodka and the Raviolis on the menu (chicken and spinach/ricotta). Also love the Lobster Ravioli when they have it as a special. For dessert, my favorite is t he Torta della Nonna, a custard-filled tart with chocolate bits inside and pine nuts baked on the top crust. A thin slice is plenty as it is very rich and it is presented with strawberry and chocolate sauce (when you eat in). Better to split it with a friend.
Posted by Susie on 02/12/2008
After reading reviews about this place, I was excited to go there but it was an unpleasant experience from beginning to end. Me and my friend waited 1 hour for the restaurant to open (they are closed from 3 pm to 5:30 pm) but we were willing to wait there and when we walked in right at 5:30 pm, the waitress seemed annoyed that we had come in. She sarcastically remarked "you two are bright and early!" The first big disappointment of the evening was that they did not serve wine! I just couldn't believe how a place that bragged about being a "authentic italian" place would not serve wine! Instead, the waitress told us that we should bring in our own wine next time, but she also informed us that "there will be a $3 corking fee"... The split pea soup was...bland. And the meal was not good! Me and my friend both had the Penne Pomodoro (or whatever it was called) and the pasta was undercooked! The chicken was rubbery and the peas were practically frozen. I asked my friend what she thought of the chicken and she said she is saving it for last since they only gave her two pieces of chicken! After taking one bite of our food, both my friend and I reached for the salt! The food was so bland and the service was so poor, I can't imagine how this place stays in business.
Posted by Rina on 06/06/2007
My brother and I went here on a Wednesday for dinner. We got the Farfalle Funghi E Piselli Penne Pomodoro. There were only two couples in the restaurant and two wait staff, but they seemed annoyed that we came in. We didn't want to bother them so we ordered to go. The food was...not very good.
Posted by Lee by the Sea on 05/07/2007
Unprepossessing on the outside, with smallish mini-mall parking, Giovanni's provides consistently delicious, well-made dishes at very reasonable prices. First of all, this is Italian food, not Italian-American food. Don't expect cooked-down red-sauce pastas a la Maria's, Guido's, or Matteo's. Here the Spaghetti Bolognese and Beef Lasagna are graced with a light tomato sauce that carries lots of tiny chunks of fresh tomato. Every pasta plate we have had has been delicious and surprisingly light, though ample in portion. Chicken dishes use a pounded, butterflied breast and come with sides of steamed vegetables and sliced roasted potatoes. For your appetizer, be sure to try the Fagottini, slices of rolled eggplant stuffed with cheese and pine nuts. This is typical of Giovanni's preparations--it sounds simple and is perfectly executed with flavors just in the right proportions. In the hands of a less-skilled chef many of these items would be disasters but here they seem effortlessly good. Though pizza is on their menu, this is not an American-style pizzeria. What is on offer is the more minimal style typical of Italy. In fact, Giovanni's serves the kind of pizza that Antica Pizzeria in Marina del Rey claims to make but often fails to bring to your table. The service at Giovanni's is simple and friendly, by waiters who have tasted much of the menu and will advise but not hover over you. Go and enjoy.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2006
Giovanni's is a great place to go if you want that mom-and-pop feel with good food. If you go during peak times, expect to wait for awhile... it's a small place, but its size no doubt adds to its charm. There are obviously lots of regulars there, but the servers/owner make newcomers feel just as welcome.