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About Giovanni's Kitchen
Great Italian cuisine in a casual, comfortable setting. This is the third restaurant from the Gabriele family, including Giovanni's on the Hill and Il Bel Lago in Creve Coeur. Giovanni's sons Frank and Carmelo bring this taste of Italy to Ladue.
St. Louis, MO 63124
Hours of Operation:
Tueday-Thursday: 11:00am-9:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a private parking lot for our customers.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
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Giovanni's Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
This was first time here, in early January. We arrived at 5:55 for a 6 p.m. Friday reservation and were seated immediately. Things got busier, but it looked like there were still some tables available when we left about 7:30. Waiter was friendly and seemed enthusiastic about menu items we asked about. The Caesar and Novella salads were both very good. The calamaretti appetizer was above average but not great—however, the accompanying marinara dip was very good, as was the candied lemon sauce (which had to grow on me). My partner liked the lamb chops, and I thought my Pappardelle alla Bolognese was excellent. The waiter was attentive but didn’t hover. Only negatives: I didn’t care much for their bread offerings, and the waiter forgot my glass of wine until reminded at the time he brought the entree. The overall experience was good and we left satisfied. I’m sure we’ll go back.
We chose Giovanni's Kitchen based on our experience at Giovanni's on the Hill, and its proximity to our hotel in Clayton. The menu on line looked very interesting, and the allure of the housemade pastas were key. Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted and seated, but then left for some time without service. Restaurant was fairly full, and it was a Saturday evening. Host keenly recognized our plight, and swooped in to offer his services while our waiter was otherwise occupied. Very much appreciated. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his chicken with artichokes and our daughter devoured the Scampi with pasta. I ordered the mixed seafood dish which was to be served with a house-made square pasta. Instead, it arrived atop a heap of overcooked capellini. The sauce and seafood were fresh and well seasoned, but the lack of attention to the details on the pasta was disappointing. Once our waiter was able to attend to our table, the service was very good. I did not request a redo of the dish, for the sake of time and quality of overall dining experience with my family, but based on their attentiveness, I'm sure they would have rectified the dish. Just disappointed that I wasn't able to experience this pasta which was, and remains, unknown in my vernacular of pastas! Lemon Torta was also very good.
This was our first visit to this restaurant. It made a good impression. The group ordered Mozzarella in Carozza, Pappardelle Alla Bolognese, Mezzemaniche Alla Puttanesca, Pollo Carciofini and Bocconcini ala Giovanni. Everyone enjoyed their selection. The pasta orders were for the smaller size and the people that ordered them thought that the size was sufficient. The two entrees came in only one size. The portions were such that there were no leftovers. We will return.
We felt very rushed by the waiter for no apparent reason. There were other people in the restaurant, but it just really seemed like he wanted to get out of there. He was pushy and made us order before we were really ready. He kept returning to get our order, get the check, etc. His attitude made for a less than desirable experience, despite good food.
We dine here often but the service is never great. This time it was especially slow. We were seated then had to wait 15 minutes or more before we even got water! Luckily, we were meeting friends from Texas we hadn’t seen in 15 years. So we had a lot to talk about!
I was back in town visiting some friends and craving Italian which is in short supply where I currently live. The pappardelle pasta was to die for! And we also appreciated being able to hang around for at least an additional hour to catch up without feeling pressured to give up our table.
Dinner on Saturday night at 7:30 required reservations. Thanks to open table we found Giovanni's kitchen. The food was amazing! Got seated right away. Attentive servers. Lots of gluten free options including pasta. Good wine selection. I will definitely come back!
I'm a foodie.... hadn't been to this restaurant in a few years.... good location... easy parking.... food better than ok.... not fabulous.... nice salad with a good dressing.... ordered salmon.... entree took forever ... they weren't very busy.... salmon was not hot.... was warmish to coolish.... nice portion... took 1/2 home. Tirimasu ok but toooo much whip cream
We had a nice meal. The kale,etc salad was delicious with a tasty cheese. We split the fish special and the cannoloni - pasta was especially good. the chef split for us which was nice. Our waiter Brandon was attentive and helpful. My only disappointment was the bread. Below average
We enjoyed Giovanni's in the past because it was casual with good food, not requiring an evening commitment. We had a B-A-D meal on Father's Day and were not back until 10/17. Our server was flip and non-attentive (the service is usually pleasant). The chef did stroll the crowd but I think more to gauge what the evening would require. The food was good; the restaurant convenient but I have to say, very lackluster. I think they need to step it up a bit as far as being welcoming and consumer oriented. We were there on a Tuesday evening - maybe that had something to do with it. We will try it again and would not discourage anyone from giving it a try. Maybe an off-night, who knows.
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