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“Authentic Italian”

Giovanni's Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #54 of 2,848 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We've eaten twice now in this restaurant and enjoyed it both times. The selection of dishes and accompanying wines is simply great. A very classy old style (in a good way) place to enjoy fine dining. Tony Cafaro was our waiter and what a great guy he is. A lot of fun and very professional which is a tricky balancing act as a waiter. We'd recommend this establishment for a special night out or a relaxed leisurely lunch.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Travelling with business colleagues we were craving authentic Italian and on the recommendation of our driver we tried Giovanni's in Little Italy. Tomato and homemade mozzarella salad to start, spaghetti carbonara with pancetta bacon and creme brûlée for dessert. All made from scratch. Pasta was perfect al dente. This is a must try in Ottawa.

Thank Girly-Avanter
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

Giovanni is located in Little Italy and in my view is the best Italian restaurant in Ottawa (over the years I have tried most of them). The owner either greets you at the entrance or comes to see you at the table and makes sure that you are well taken care of.
Recently I went back there as a party of three. We had cocktails and there shared appetizers consisting of fried calamari and fried smelts. As for main I had the seafood linguini (mussels, scallops, shrimp, and alaskan king crab), another had the tagliatelle with lobster meat,cherry tomatos and arugola while the third had the agnolotti pasta stuffed with scallops, ricotta and spinach and served in a creamy tomato sauce.The portions were generous, the pasta cooked to perfection (al dente) and the ingredients top rate. We accompanied the meal with a nice ripassa red wine.
All of this left little room for dessert but we did however manage to share a tartufo ice cream and finished off the evening with coffee.
The service as usual was impeccable. Giovanni is pricey but it is worth every dollar. I am really amazed at the consistency in both the quality of food and the service this restuarant has provided over the years and still going strong.

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Thank Joseph G
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

My husband and I visited with another couple recently and had an excellent time.

The food was fantastic. We all shared the antipasto for an appetizer and I had the Pollo Principessa for dinner. All was delicious!

Service here is wonderful- friendly and attentive.

Nice, varied beverage menu and the martinis go down easy!

Can't wait for our next visit!

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Thank shenaniganzz
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

From valet parking, through impeccable service and great food, this place is right up there with the best in Ottawa. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable; and the food was great. Four of us had a variety of starters and mains, along with a recommended wine, plus different desserts and thoroughly enjoyed a delightful experience.
We will definitely return and have no hesitation in recommending this spot.

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