GIOVANNI'S

Rich, hearty dishes served at family-owned Giovanni’s

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z 2014-04-24T13:16:11Z Rich, hearty dishes served at family-owned Giovanni’sJulie Kessler nwitimes.com
March 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

The aromas from the Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s are tantalizing, promising dishes sure to satisfy everyone. That’s because family-owned Giovanni’s has been true to its tradition of serving up the savory flavors of Italy for nearly 48 years. From a welcome weekday dinner to a special-occasion weekend and isn’t-this-great lunch, you’ll always enjoy the best Italian cuisine at Giovanni’s.

Each day begins with selecting the freshest vegetables at market, along with fresh fish for the day’s specials, from Chilean sea bass to halibut and more. Simmering sauces are ladled over pasta made from scratch that day, accompanied by rolls still warm from the oven.

Executive chef Chris Pohl directs the activity in the kitchen, always geared toward preparing dishes with strong, clean flavors, like the popular veal piccata and the fork-tender lamb shanks.

“We’re a neighborhood restaurant; very comfortable and with quality dishes,” says Pohl. While the dining room is all about easy elegance, Giovanni’s dishes can also be ordered for pick-up, including large pans and half pans for offices and conference groups, with meat and vegetarian choices. Most individual entrees are available for carry-out and include rolls and salad. Whether for a couple or a crowd, “People love the convenience and wonderful food,” says Giovanni’s owner Mary LoDuca.

“We’re also proud of our extensive wine lists. In addition to our regular wine list, we have a cellar list that offers great pairings with our dishes.” Budget-friendly wine specials mean patrons can choose the wine they enjoy the best, and also discover new wines. A VIP texting club offers something new each week, like the half off a bottle of wine ordered with an entrée. The club also offers meal specials for lunch and dinner, and signing up is simple—just go online at giosmunster.com or on Giovanni’s Facebook page.

Intriguing extra: “We pick winners every month for a gift certificate. We offer a lot of fun things,” says LoDuca. “And our portions are generous.”

“In our elegant dining room we strive for really good service in a calm, pleasant atmosphere,” says Pohl, who was voted Best Chef in the 2013 Best of the Region poll.

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