Giano

4.8
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1029 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
This is the story of Paolo and Matteo, two guys from Milano who had an idea. Let's take the the heart of our tradition and fuse it with the exciting innovations happening in Italian cooking, they said. Inspired by the Roman deity Janus who looked to the future as well as the past, Giano respects tradition and embraces the future. Enter Simone Bonelli. After 4 years at a Michelin starred restaurant in Italy, he came to NY to where it took him about 6 months to earn 2 stars from Frank Bruni at a publication you may have heard of, The New York Times. As executive chef and co-owner, Chef Bonelli blends cutting edge technique & gorgeous flavors with outstanding presentation- and for those of you who think you've seen it all, trust us, you haven't. We like to think of our little corner in the east village as quite special, and hope you will too

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4.8
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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vipFloydT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great find. the food and service were outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

My first time there. Very pleasant and very nice manager?/ owner? Everything was excellent. It's not that the place was noisy in terms of too many or unruly people but something in the acoustics of the room made sounds echo and seem loud. Not cheap but not overpriced or hyper expensive either.... I would go there again when some event (that night was theater at Mabou Mines) takes me to that neighborhood.

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EthanR
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience overall, the fresh pasta was incredible and the staff was very inviting.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place! We will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner ! 5th year celebrating our anniversary at Giano. We absolutely love everything and the owners make the whole experience!

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MaryE
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was truly delicious. The appetizers were spectacular, especially the wrapped asparagus. Our entrees were full of flavor and the pasta cooked to perfection. From the moment Roberta greeted us till we enjoyed a variety of delectable desserts, the flavor of Giano was certainly a gourmet Italian evening to remember.

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vipKaitlynC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t know how to rate this restaurant more than 5 stars. Tiramisu was the best in the world.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, waitress was attentive and charismatic. Cannot wait to come back, tiramisu was the best I have ever had!!!

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LillyN
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The woman who works there is so nice and fun. The food and wine were very good. Everything came out so quickly too.

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Rachel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giano is my favorite restaurant in the east village. It's a cute place that's perfect for a date or a group dinner. The ambiance and food are both incredible. They also have plenty of gluten free options!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paolo was the most amazing server. Food was phenomenal. Great prices. They even threw in a free tiramisu for our group. Will definitely be returning

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RodThomas
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is really, really great and the staff are really, really nice. As a vegetarian often dishes are a bit more boring than the meat dishes in Italian restaurants, but they totally modify any dish to work and everything is delicious. Highly recommended!

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vipMarcF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar food at reasonable prices with amazing service!
Will be a regular!

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Simone
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Italian restaurant in New York City.
The food was outstanding and the owners (who are Italian) super friendly.

I would really recommend this place to anyone who really wants to eat real Italian food.

Grazie :)

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RaymondH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of food exceeded my expectations. Ambiance and service was wonderful. Only issue I had was the lighting was too dim and couldn't see the menu at the table we were seated at.

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Nila
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best italian food in NY!! and so reasonably priced too. Also has excellent wine choices. We're in love with this place!

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vipAshJaxDiner
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in the city. We received excellent service! And the food..OMG! I could’ve eaten there every day of our trip. Everyone In our group agreed this was the best and most authentic Italian they’ve ever had!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to spot in the East Village. Very consistent and authentic italian. The atmosphere also makes it great for a date night. Will continue to come back over and over!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fine time for Valentine’s Day!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding !! The wine, the pasta ,the atmosphere and service. Can’t wait to go back !!!

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vipFromNJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Paulo, one of the owners makes a meal at Giano a great experience. He is great! The food is consistently excellent. The wine list is pretty good. During warm weather, there is a small outdoor courtyard with tables in the back. The whole experience makes for a very enjoyable evening. Thank you Paulo!

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vipKrisP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good! Just not great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, and great service. The owner cares about his food.

Good wine selection also

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AshleyE
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I wanted to like this place. The service was great and the restaurant is very nice inside but the food was terrible. My tagliatelle tasted like something that came out of a packet. My boyfriend's salmon was dry and overcooked and our friend's lasagna was the driest lasagna I've ever seen. I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the food considering the price we paid and the reviews I read prior.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love this place. It is quaint and embodies a cozy feel. The service as one would expect from Italians is warm and sincere. Giano is owned and operated by a husband and wife team, both of whom are gracious and attentive without being too intrusive. I chose to dine here a couple of days ago to celebrate my birthday with a close friend. It was a memorable experience as we both took our time without being rushed.

We have patronized this spot numerous times for years and continue to return for it is a unique neighborhood destination which hits every point. I ordered the fried calamari with a side of marinara sauce as my app (make sure to squeeze fresh lemon on top) in addition to the rigatoni with pancetta in tomato sauce. The latter was so delicious that I wanted another serving. It was that good. This pasta dish melts in your mouth. Of course our meal wasn't complete without copious amounts of Sauvignon Blanc. Their wine selection is comprehensive, yet simple. Very easy to locate a bottle that will satisfy your palette.

Last, but not least, desert was served with a vibrant, sparkling candle on top of a chocolate lava cake along with creme brûlée. I can never say no to anything sweet really and both certainly delivered in terms of texture, taste and presentation. Our waiter was professional and kind. We never wanted for anything. The water was refilled. The table was cleared in between courses. As someone who served tables at many restaurants throughout Manhattan for over a decade, I have a different set of lens knowing what is happening around me. I can unequivocally say this place is the real deal.

Honestly, do yourself a favor, check them out, make a reservation, and enjoy a scrumptious dinner. Also, they have a gorgeous garden which opens during the warmer months. :)

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JLR78
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience as always. Our favorite restaurant in the city.

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vipSnowy
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

People are super nice
Salad and bread below average
Eggplant and pasta very good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely be returning here—Matteo was amazing, food was outstanding! What a hidden gem!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great experience at Giano’s this past Saturday Night. The place has an exciting vibe and our server was AMAZING! The food was delicious, service was fantastic and it was reasonably priced for NYC restaurants. Everyone (party of 6) was happy and satisfied. I would definitely return to this wonderful place!

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vipSRC26
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great authentic Italian food.

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vipSeanFromWEHONYC
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here for years. Food and service are GEMS!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, truly made my date and I feel amazing and the food was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Giano! Their food, wine, and staff are all fantastic.

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HenryT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with super friendly host, who also described the food with ample enthusiasm and colorful words. They were pretty quick with taking away the empty plates on the table . The restaurant called ahead to confirm with us the reservation. Ambiance was pretty casual. Will definitely come back again.

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vipBkkBetty
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Great service but food was super average

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LaurenV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Every time we're in the city we go to Giano's. The food and staff are outstanding.

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Giano does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Giano is rated 4.8 stars by 1029 OpenTable diners.

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