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Permanently Closed - Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

259 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Giovanni came to America from Trapani, Sicily when he was 23. His
brother, Nicolo owned the Italian Village in Madison where Giovanni
helped in the kitchen. Eventually they both moved to Milwaukee
where Giovanni helped Nicolo launch another successful Italian
restaurant. After four years Giovanni set out on his own.
Forty years later, Giovanni has become a renowned Milwaukee
restauranteur. His three sons, Sal, David and Joey, have learned the
restaurant business from their mother and father, mastering their
unparalleled recipes and traditions.
Giovanni has passed these recipes and his love for serving people
down to his sons. Now Giovanni’s — the legendary Milwaukee
restaurant — is back with father and sons side by side.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Italian, American, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday-Thursday 4:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(414) 291-5600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Safina and David Safina
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Private party facilities
Giovanni's is perfect to host your next event. We specialize in birthday, bachelor/bachelorette, office, anniversary, retirement or holiday parties. Contact us today and we can start planning your perfect evening!
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Private party contact
Special Events Coordinator - Nicole Enea: (844) 301-5483
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Cross street
State St and Highland Ave
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Parking details
Pull right up to the front door for $7 Valet Parking
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Special events & promotions
Announcing Giovanni's second wine pairing dinner!

Monday, September 19th, 2016. 6:30pm

James Beard Award-winning chef, Justin Aprahamian of Sanford's Restaurant collaborated with our chefs to create a menu to pair perfectly with some of Italy's most celebrated wines!

The 7 course tasting menu and wine pairing is priced at $125 per person. Tax and gratuity not included.

Reservations are to be made by phone with a credit card. 48 hour cancellation notice is needed. Limited seating available. Reserve with Nicole at Giovanni's 414-291-5600
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

It's unfortunate that this place is closed now. Always enjoyed our time here.

wantfoodformymoney (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

being the last day of service we were expecting more than what we got. first of all no valet parking had to drive around for 15 minutes and ended up paying $15.00 for parking. got in there and we were seated right away was not that crowded the waitress then told us they were out of all veal dishes(my wife,s favorite) no more pork chops and one other dish that I can not remember. wife had the chicken marsala and I had the rosa stuffed filet both were good but nothing spectacular our waitress was great since I think they were short on help. got comped a free dessert for our anniversary. but the time we left the place it was really loud. disappointed that they did not want to go out with a bang

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Great, last night.

MaryC (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

We very much enjoyed our dinner, food and service was excellent. We would return for dinner again.

vipkm0788 (Denver)
5.0  Dined on September 12, 2017

Absolutely the best food in Milwaukee! So sad to hear they’re closing in a couple weeks.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

This was my first time at Giovanni and I enjoyed it. The service was good. I love the Bruschetta. I am coming back to taste the desert.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on September 8, 2017

Food was very good and service was friendly. Atmosphere was nice but lights could have been dimmed and music lower for dinner time.

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

We went to Giovanni's for our five year anniversary. Though it took a little longer to be seated (even though we had reservations, because of a wedding happening there that night it took longer than normal to seat people at their tables), it was well worth the wait. Easily the BEST bruschetta I have ever had, and the pappardelle al funghi was impeccably seasoned. To top it all off, because it was our anniversary, they gave us dessert on the house (we selected the cheesecake and it was delicious; perfect for splitting)! Next special occasion we have, Giovanni's will definitely be a contender!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

Gracie was our server, and she was great! This was my second time at Giovanni's, and it was wonderful!

OpenTable Diner (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

All I can say is I'm sad to see it go... we love the tiramisu!