Giovanni's
Giovanni's

Giovanni's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://giovannisbistro.com/
  • Phone: 9084646644x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Michael Metzner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Giovanni's Bistro Catering welcomes the opportunity to serve you. Whether you are planning a cocktail or holiday party, social gathering, company picnic, or an upscale executive luncheon, Giovanni's Bistro Catering will help guide you in creating a day to remember. We pride ourselves on our ability to meet any need with style and creativity, ensuring your event's success.



    Available for on and off premise catering, please call for room availability and details.
  • Special Events: 2/24 - Italian Classics Dinner
    3/24 - Tastes of Spring Dinner

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between plainfield ave& snyder ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the street or in the Investor's Bank parking lot, located right next door.
A word from Giovanni's
New York Times reviewed - Very Good

FOR YOUR DINING PLEASURE, we have a full service bar and an elaborate wine list.

Our endeavor is to serve you the freshest, healthiest and highest quality food. All fish, poultry and meat emanates from leading suppliers on the east coast.

Our menu will be enhanced with exciting, daily specials.

Since Giovanni’s has limited seating, we recommend making reservations for Friday and Saturday evenings.

We hope that you enjoy your dining experience at Giovanni’s
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Giovanni's reviews from OpenTable diners
3 reviews since June 4, 2014
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I cannot believe you do not update your files and know when restaurants have CLOSED THEIR DOORS. My husband and i got dressed and ready to go out for an evening and were greeted with a sign in the window that stated Chef ___ has left to open his own restaurant...therefore we are closed until further notice! We wound up going to another local restaurant that was a complete disappointment and waste of good money. i have been using your service for some time but am now concerned that you just put names up and do not do your research.
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  • They were closed due to no chef
    Upset
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The restaurant sent confirmation of reservation the day of and when we went, the restaurant had a sign on the door stating they were closed due to no chef.
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  • OPEN TABLE, IT'S CLOSED!!!!
    jpcdinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Might have been nice if Open Table had not accepted reservations for Giovanni's. As I discovered when I arrived with guests (in June), Giovanni's has been closed since APRIL!!! How embarrassing. My problem is not with the restaurant but with OPEN TABLE. This was a restaurant we loved.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Restaurant Closed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The restaurant was closed as the chef left earlier during the week. There was someone there who advised that they advised Open Table that they are no longer accepting reservations, but evidently my request slipped through. We were very disappointed.
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  • Chocolatelover
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Even though open table accepted a reservation , Giovanni's is closed until further notice!!
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  • Quaint and just flat, good
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I really enjoyed my first experience here. This locale has approximately 12 tables and they really tend to each and every one of them. Once we walked in, they greeted us and knew exactly who we were. This tells me that there's a strong culture for customer service. The menu is seasonal and they use some unique ingredients, like: fiddleheads, which you don't see everywhere. I definitely recommend.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Jersey Gem
    Superjack5
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This resto is one of the best restaurants in NJ! The menu varies seasonally and all the dishes are creative and very well prepared. And, unlike alot of restaurants, the desserts are as good as the main courses! Service is spot on and best of all you can actually go out to dinner and have a conversation without yelling and screaming. We have eaten at Giovanni's 5-6 times and it never, ever disappoints!
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    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Just for Special Occasions
    Hagar33VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Giovanni's has long been one of our favorite restaurants for "special occasions". Long known for its fine cuisine, imagine my surprise when I discovered a cheeseburger on the lunch menu. Priced at a very reasonable $15, the Gio Burger is -- hands down -- the best cheeseburger I've ever eaten. Accompanied by thrice-fried fries, this is simply an amazing dish and a real bargain at the price!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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  • Incredible Local Restaurant
    thefooddoctorVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Giovanni's lived up to the reviews. Outstanding seasonal menu with exceptional attention to detail. Lovely plating of unusual selections. Small glitch with the drink order that was remedied. Fair to poor wine selection and liquor selections but not an issue unless wine is critical to your evening. Suggest you may wish to bring your own selection and pay the corkage fee. This is a local gem.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • spring tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Its not a surprise the chef and his team and front of tye house got four stars from the NY Times. Delicious, clean, fresh, seasonal dishes created with thought and refined technique. Great experience. Will be back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    JCasey
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with Giovanni's! I love how the chef using near local ingredients and menus reflect seasonal findings. We enjoyed each course and the staff is helpful and responsive without hovering over you. Will be returning again and again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    GwenP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I was meeting a friend for dinner and wanted to find a place that would offer light, healthy food. This place was a real gem. I had the halibut with artichokes and capers. Simply delicious. My friend had the salmon with asparagus and beet purée. The fish was cooked perfectly and the beet purée devine. Our meal started with an amuse bouche of curried cauliflower soup. What a pleasant surprise! The only slightly negative comment is that the service felt a bit rushed. I hadn't seen my friend in over a year and wanted time to catch up and talk. That said, I would easily recommend this restaurant to any friends. Great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small neighborhood spot with
    dubewahVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    small neighborhood spot with interesting, diverse menu. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection, and we tried an array of dishes. Mixed greens with watermelon radish, Humboldt fog and pistachios was excellent (never knew there was a watermelon radish), and calamari special dusted in farina was outstanding! For dinner we had halibut with brussel sprouts and pecans over whipped sweet potato puree, which was excellent. We also had a sirloin flap (again, never heard of "the flap"), which was also excellent. Desserts looked amazing, but we were too stuffed. Nice sized portions, terrific service and fairly priced, this is a keeper for sure! 4.5 stars in our book. PS - cocktails very good, had an awesome old fashioned made with makers mark
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Outstanding!
    JandKD
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Everything about Giovanni's Berkeley Heights is just perfect. The servers are attentive, the food is of the highest quality and absolutely delicious. We're very fortunate to have this restaurant in our neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We had a fabulous meal and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We had a fabulous meal and a great evening at Giovanni's. The chef has done an outstanding job with the menu and everything we ordered was terrific. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great find!
    helenp
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    It's about time we had a restaurant like this in the area. Interesting menu which changes. Lovely, helpful wait staff. Lunch menu is very tasty. A little pricey for dinner, but worth it for the service & ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal!
    foodiex2
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The menu at Giovanni's changes with the season and the selections are interesting, diverse and delicious! The grilled pork chop was cooked to perfection, the lamb gnudi was delicious. The small portion was more then adequate, very filling! Desserts are divine, the affogato was great, gelato with expresso poured over it, and the zeppoli with dark chocolate sauce is not to be missed. The servers are attentive but not smothering. The dining room is very small, 10 tables. They can accommodate three groups of two in the bar area if you arrive without a reservation on the weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wrong name, right food
    Ralphknows
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Aside from a most misleading name, Giovanni's Bistro, which is neither Italian nor a bistro, is a special find. The ambiance is lovely, the maître d' most professional and the food outstanding. While the chef doesn't reach out for highly unusual fare, each dish is well-conceived and delicious. We can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, strange place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The chef clearly knows what he/she is doing. But the great food experience was offset by a strange ambience that included bathroom-like décor (purple on top of lavender on top of lilac, plus wall to wall carpeting and cheap furniture/fixtures), a strange window showing a cook, the brightest lights of any public place I can recall, and in the corner, the dish area. It almost had too many servers (who were all very good), or probably because they had nowhere to hide. I never got comfortable. I also kept getting whiffs of deodorizer being sprayed, adding to the powder room atmosphere. Lots of potential because of the chef, but needs to be more of an experience for it to be worth these prices ($28 entrees/$16 apps/$10 wine).
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    cat123
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We had a lovely meal, loved the mushroom soup, and my husband had the crab dumplings, which were terrific. We had steak and salmon for our entrees and they were really good. The dessert was delicious! Chocolate mousse in vanilla anglaise sauce macadamia crumbles, candied nuts just divine!!!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Surprised
    Peach
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We made a last minute Rez for Giovanni's in Berkeley Heights because we had to pick up our daughter @ 10:30 nearby. We arrived late (9:25) and explained that we needed to leave by 10:15. I was not expecting much I will admit. We each had an appetizer & entree and shared a bottle of wine. The Tuna Tartare was quite good as was the Pork Chop and Gnocchi with Sage and Parmesan. We were out the door by 10:17 The only issue was the wine list needs to be updated. They were out of the Jordan Cab (at $80 per bottle I can see why) and the Cakebread Cab I ordered was a year later than listed. Nice job overall
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding and innovative
    foodiek
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Outstanding and innovative cuisine. Throughly enjoyed all aspects of meal from start to finish.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Totally Sublime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food and the service were outstanding , from the moment we walked in till we left we were taken such good care of , the service is attentive without being over bearing , this is a fine dining restaurant and yet there is an aura of warmth and coziness all around . Or appetizers were delicious , the seared scallops , tuna tartar and the crab dumplings , served beautifully , with a nice break before the entrees were served , one never felt rushed , just totally relaxed. We had the Gnocchi to share , followed by the monk fish (delish) beef pot pie and the branzino ( sea bass ) all excellent , for each of us , we were a party of three ! We shared the Zeppole , quite amazing too !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely mid week dinner at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    A lovely mid week dinner at Giovanni's. We very much enjoyed the evening's special of lobster tortellini in bisque...and you can't top their roast chicken & mashed potatoes for a cold winter's evening.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/small neighborhood place
    Dennis908VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant was relatively small but well appointed; nice ambience with moderate noise. Bread and complimentary soup was very ggod, The appetizer and entree were excellent; the dessert was so so. Service was very attentivie without being overpowering. House Cab was very good. Will befinitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Prix Fixe
    ChrisH
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Took the wife here on Calentines Dag and we were bothv very happy with the food, service, and atmosphere. Super fresh ingredients. A true master chef in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    koselig1
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I have been to Giovanni's many times. Each time has a been a wonderful experience. The ambience is inviting, the food outstanding, the service is very friendly. This time I was with 3 friends and we hadn't been together for a while. We stayed for a good hour after finishing our meal, and we were encouraged to stay as long as we like. (Of course, there were other tables available,so we knew nobody was waiting for our table.) I will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Restaurant Great food
    OZim
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    With a reservation, there was a possibility of seating at a very small bar which could be fun for 2-4 people. We chose the table and thus began a good dining experience with attentive servers from wine to dessert. All servers are extremely courteous and professionals. The scallop appetizer and the mozzarella salads were perfect, and the entrees of House Made past Bolognese and gnocchi with caramelized onions and mushrooms were indescribable. They have a fine wine list as well. The dessert was a carmel brownie which dripped a crazy sauce that just ended the meal in the best way. It was our third time there and will return often for a special weekend meal for 2-4 others.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Food was amazing. The NY Times four star rating is well deserved. The servers were attentive amd very personable. The ambiance, while clean and simple, did not match the food. This is not an Italian restaurant and should not have lavender table cloths. My wife and I shared the Monkfish and short ribs.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is attentive but not
    Wayne
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Service is attentive but not overbearing...staff knows the menu and specials...food is varied and well prepared...wine list is realistically priced ...overall this is an outstanding dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent dinner
    jerseygirl
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    my husband I visited for our second time - it was his bday. he had the pork rillets appetizer - he said it was delicious - large portion, interesting flavor combo. He had the steak and ff for his main course - the steak was cooked to perfection and the fries are perfect - i "shared" them with him. I had the roast chicken (again) and it was better than the first time - great au jus, and I love the mashed potatoes. For dessert we shared a brulee, it was deliciious and came with biscotti that was giant and wonderful. Wine list is limited but the prices are very reasonable and you can find something delicious without breaking the bank. We are thrilled to have a place of this quality a mile fro the house and plan to visit often.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Unassuming Neighborhood Gem
    ItsTheJHo
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My fiancee and I recently visited Giovanni's as we had read a very favorable review in the New York Times and we live right around the corner. The exterior is unassuming and the dining room is intimate with a small bar in the front. We were immediately greeted by staff, our coats were taken and we were ushered to our table. We shared the Seared Scallops appetizer. I had the Monkfish for my main course and she had the homemade Orecchiette. Both were absolutely delicious with the most tasty sides. We were so pleased we even ordered dessert, which we almost never do. Highly, highly recommend, our favorite local restaurant and we'd put this local gem up against any "City" hot spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing
    Nancy
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The harmonizing of taste and texture is an art that Giovanni's seems to have nailed. Beautifully crafted dishes and well-thought out seasonal menus make this place quite special. Service is unpretentious and attentive. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    helenp
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Didn't know what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised. The menu is small but the flavours are big and somewhat unusual. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out
    Pdp11111
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Service was superior. Can't remember when I was last treated like that Just when a thought came to mind on what I wanted. Someone appeared Atmosphere was very quiet and personal. Felt like we were the only people there Menu not overwhelming but excellent choices. Food is top notch
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A first disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    At long last the chef has added 2 new, warm appetizers to the menu. We enjoyed the tuna poke, interpreted w. Yuzu. The tuna was pristine. However recent personnel changes resulted in a substantial wait for our table, water glasses not being filled, the bread man coming late, dishes delivered to incorrect parties,etc. Whereas service previously flowed smoothly, it now is jerks, stutters and misses. We hope that the admirable service returns and we hope that the chef will now extend the entree menu which essentially remains the same.
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  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Food is extremely fresh and service is great. It is extremely small but wonderful food.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Jacques
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Food is great despite a limited menu. Ambiance is nice for a romantic evening. Service is outstanding. Have been there many times and it is one of my favorite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I felt like I was being welcomed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I felt like I was being welcomed home as I entered the restaurant. The service was attentive and the food pairings were adventurous. I cannot wait to return to experience their new offerings.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    John
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    My wife and I wanted to go out for dinner the Monday before New Year's. Giovanni's was selected and we had an excellent all around experience
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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