Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville
Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville

Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.giovanninashville.com/
  • Phone: (615) 760-5932
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giovanni Pinato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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  • Parking: Valet
A word from Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville
At Giovanni's you will experience creative Italian cuisine in a multi level, chic and relaxed atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (46)special occasion (42)fit for foodies (37)notable wine list (35)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (16)hot spot (8)late-night find (5)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Food good, a bit pricey....
    BeeVeeK
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We enjoyed the food and atmosphere for the most part. Service was not great, the waiter made excuses blaming the kitchen or their computers. Met Giovanni, he was very nice and knowledgeable about the food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    BigD
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Presentation and quality of food was outstanding . Service was OK, not what I was told to expect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best of Northern Italian
    jlschantzVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was a real treat in Nashville. We've dined at a lot of places around town, but this was a terrific place for a special romantic dinner on a getaway weekend. Great menu, as good as you'd find in New York or California for Northern Italian food. The food was expertly prepared and served, the pumpkin ravioli was a seasonal treat. The wine list is probably the best in Nashville for Italian wine, and the prices reflect it, but, hey, when you're the only game in town...We had a 2001 Neibiollo that was delicious and well priced. I had the veal scallopini, which was perfect. Get the cannoli for dessert, freshly made, with a hint of orange. Delicious with cappuccino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Somewhat overrated
    underwateragain
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went to Giovanni's for our anniversary based on the high reviews. Being an Italian restaurant, I would assume wine is a big part of the menu. We were seated with no wine or dinner menus. The food was fair. I sent the broccoli back because it was cold and had asked for a fresh bowl. They microwaved the same broccoli and brought it back out with no sense of concern. We had to "ask" for more drinks and bread each time. They did take the broccoli off the bill, but I did not know this until I received the bill. Sometimes people / restaurants have an off night. Maybe we experienced an off night....The attention to detail was not what I would have expected from a highly rated restaurant and $140
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great night
    Beamer1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was the first time we have eaten at Giovanni's and drive 2 hours just to try the restaurant. The atmosphere was great and the food was wonderful! The server was attentive and very helpful in selecting food choices. The wine list was a little expensive though. We have travelled to NYC and the tiramisu was as good as NYC. After all the owner had a restaurant in NYC. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best Italian food in the city
    localeatsVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    excellent pasta, paired with great wine and service. They offer daily specials in addition to the set menu...always a fresh fish, pasta, meat, appetizer and soup. Really excellent food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic from start to finish
    mbenjamin
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We were visiting from out of town and this restaurant showed up on a few google searches for best restaurants to try in Nashville. We were in the mood for Italian so we gave Giovanni's a try. Everything was perfect. The waiter was attentive and interactive when appropriate. Service was flawless and I was in the hospitality business for years so my expectations are high. The food also was terrific and is now in my top list of italian restaurants I have frequented. I totally recommend Giovanni's and plan to dine there again the next time we visit Nashville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A must visit
    LakeCookVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I'll be back. What great food and service. If your in Nashville, Giovanni's is a must. The Pasta is outstanding
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous restaurant
    JFC70
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food, ambiance, and service. Would definitely recommend for a nice evening out. Bonus: outdoor seating with tables that each have their own firepit in the center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FIRST TIME VISITOR
    THEFATMAN
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    FOOD WAS EXCELLENT. SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD. PRICES WERE OK FOR MOST ITEMS, BUT A COUPLE WERE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THE AMOUNT SERVED. OVERALL, AN EXCELLENT RESTAURANT FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION OR ANYTIME IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Giovanni's Nashville
    FECL
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everything between very good and excellent. A deterrent to go back is the mark-up of wine. We are used to be charged 40-60 dollars in a restaurant, for bottles that can be purchased for 15-20 in the store, which seems fair. In contrast, the wine list at this restaurant has a few bottles in the 60-70 range whereas most others are above 100, commonly in the 200s and higher. I recognized some brands for which the mark up was 1000%.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NashvilleVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Terrific food and evening. Great service. Giovanni's is the finest Italian in the city and one of the best anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love the ambience but food was quite average, service acceptable but not outstanding. It was my wife's birthday which I discussed with the hostess when we arrived, but nothing was done,maybe they don't cater to special occasions. Oh well, nothong too impressive for a $275.00 meal.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great
    NashvilleVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    As always......wonderful. This is a treasure and a great New York City style Italian high quality restaurant. Glad Giovanni moved to Nashville. You can't miss going to Giovanni's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again
    NashvilleVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food and service is always outstanding. Glad Giovanni left NYC, moved South and brought his talents to Nashville.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Abba
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with the excellent food quality & knowledgable staff, it's always a great sign when the waiter's been with the restaurant over 5 years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nashville's best restaurant
    magicaljr
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Casual elegant Italian. Fabulous menu and wine list. Italian owner (from Italy) run.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best restaurant in Nashville
    Dracul
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    As always, Giovanni Ristorante never fails to exceed expectations. Quite how eludes me. The owners, core staff, chef and waiters truly treat you as valued friends, the kind you would never fail to top up their glass or offer cracked pepper to if the the tables were turned. By FAR the best restaurant in Nashville. Not flavor of the month, not pretentious, just a safe haven of great food and great company. Robin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dave
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent had friends in from Detroit and they were very impressed
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was amazing as well the service I will absolutely be back
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not impressed.
    wagyulover
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was not impressed one bit with this place. They had no real notable bottle under hundred dollars on their menu and then the price jumps to $150+, with the average and the $185 mark. The mushroom soup had a great consistency but was way over salted. The pasta dishes came out on the cold side. After $180 with modest ordering, I am very underwhelmed. I do not believe I will be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice but...
    NashFoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The place is nice, good location wait staff was great. The food was above average and the staff was really good. Only complaint is we had the first reservation available on a Saturday night, 7:30 on 8/16. It was our 33rd anniversary. The only complaint is it took 40 minutes between our salads and entree. I have been to many top of the line places all around the country and for a place that wants to be 5 star and charges 5 star prices, totally unacceptable. We were just about to leave when the entrees came out. No complaints about the food or wait staff but waiting that long when the spending $175 for dinner for two just doesn't cut it. Maybe they had an off night but for that price I will be looking elsewhere first next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was average for the price but we will never go back. The staff was not welcoming and almost condescending. Not worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • divine
    JMcKayVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We found out about Giovanni's Ristorante while searching nearby available options through Open Table. Within minutes of our arrival, "The Wall Street Journal" had posted a favorable review on Foursquare so we certainly felt we were in for a treat. And we were indeed. The service and ambiance was reminiscent of our dining in Europe and the food was not only locally fresh, it was beautifully plated and presented. The next time we are in Nashville, this will certainly be on the top of our list. We've also made it's recommendation to friends and family in Nashville - only jealous that they are closer than we are!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NotOldbutearlyDiner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Always enjoyable and our third visit did not disappoint. Try the homemade Lemoncello.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Great Experience
    DeltaFoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everytime we dine at Giovanni's we love the food and service. From some traditional Italian dishes to great seafood offerings, the food is very good. The cocktail and wine menus have some lovely choices, but far too expensive. A 1 1/2 ounce pour of a decent bourbon was $ 17.00. You have to ask for a wines by the glass menu to find any wine that is affordable. This is our only complaint. We will be back. Wonderful restaurant overall.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Lindamarie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    When to dinner with my husband for his birthday... everything was amazing. Service,food. Ect. Love the upstairs...very beautiful! We will be back with family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When we arrived at Giovanni's, we were immediately impressed by the decor of the restaurant. It was beautiful, and they even had a live piano player. But after that, it went down hill. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine, which we were surprised was a twist off. We shared an order of chicken Parmesan, which tasted like it came straight from the freezer then heated in the microwave. All in all, this place was way overpriced for sub-par food and beverages.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressive
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Went here for our anniversary and we weren't disappointed. Food was good but drink prices were a bit steep. Would definitely go again, but not for drinks. The servers were trained well. No real complaints. We were on vacation from Georgia.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food (veal & lasagna are best outside of NYC); great service (Aaron was stellar) and great reception (Jessica + Giovanni were both very welcoming).
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 293 reviews are from the Giovanni's Ristorante - Nashville reviews archive.
  • Amazing Italian Restaurant!
    TNGnashvilleVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you are looking for some great Italian food, Giovanni's is the place! Yes, it is pricey, but worth it!! All eight people loved their entrees and plates were all wiped clean! We also shared four appetizers and 4 desserts! We didn't have a single thing we didn't like! I had one of the specials, which was rigatoni with procciutto and peas and a light vodka cream sauce.... Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    goodchia
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    By far the best Italian food in Nashville...and trust me I have tried it all. Not only is the food suburb, but they hospitality matches as well. To give you an idea, I was debating between pasta and a veal dish and even though I went with the veal dish, they brought us out a free plate of the pasta to sample.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good experience, first visit
    bratch
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Frequent vistors to Nashville and try manly local resturants First visit here, 9:00 reservation when we get menus we were told: out of lasagna entrée ?? or no tagliatelle noodles for Bolognese entrée ?? I ordered tagrolina with shrimp and vegetables, bland tasting with only 3-4 medium shrimp and three whole garlic cloves(not minced,sliced,etc) no salt and pepper shakers on our table, but were on all other tables ? waiter never noticed or offered them for our table, at this point we did without, but entrees ended up ordering needed help seems very disappointing an Italian restaurant would be out of basic entrée items on a Saturday night !
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  • Excellent food. Expensive wine
    BigRob
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our second time at Giovonni's. Food is always very good. My only critique is with their wine list. While quite extensive, the pricing is extremely high. Easily 3x retail.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    One of my favorite Italian restaurants in the country. As close to real Italian food as you can get. Usually have to go to Italy or NYC for this type of Italian. We always hit Giovanni's when in Nashville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMORE!!!!
    Nawlinsgal
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Michael and Andy were impeccable with their recommendations and wait service. The restaurant atmosphere was like we were back dining in Rome. Soup of the day was a spinach, broccoli cream soup---not too salty and cream was perfect consistency. Homemade bread lightly toasted for our Caprese Salad, entrees- Lasagna was so smooth and I asked for Chicken Marsala with extra mushrooms. It wasn't on the menu but the chef today was the sous chef, Giovanni, so he whipped up the Marsala sauce with so many yummy mushrooms over tender chicken breasts that I didn't need a knife to cut with a side of homemade pasta. Tiramasu is made fresh by the chef daily along with other desserts. Homemade Lemoncello, it is creamy and ice cold. Go upstairs and see
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This is our 2nd time to dine at Giovanni's. We are from Memphis and our son takes a class in the summer at Vanderbilt. Has great food and great people. Will definitely be back next year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience.
    Clindsey
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great authentic Italian food, outstanding wine selection and impeccable service. Dining area a little cramped. Would have preferred upstairs seating for a more quaint setting without all the foot traffic from the entry, but overall a great experience for a special occasion. Too pricey for a normal evening dining out, that is unless you prefer dinner without wine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Giovanni's
    EatMoreVeggiesVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Fantastic menu, delicious food, very comfortable and attractive ambience, excellent service. The best Italian food in Nashville.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Splendid wow what a great gem
    Lala
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We were treated like royalty. We did not feel rushed in any way. We had a wonderful time with friends. Love the wine list. Pre lit and all. Will be great when the menus are the same! We enjoy the experience. Was a disappointed that they did not do anything special for the birthday boy. We would have liked to sit upstairs but it was closed. The food was perfect size with no leftovers. Love the creme brûlée. Gelato was good especially the passion fruit flavor. The trout was to die for. We were well fed but did not feel over stuffed. Lol. Love the front door. So beautiful and elegantly decorated. A glass window was well placed so that you could see some of the kitchen. The floors were spotlessly clean. We enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.