We ate at Giovanni's tonight for the first time, and had a great meal with several very nice surprises. First of all, the only reason why we went is that we purchased a Groupon, which gave us a discount. I originally looked at the menu online and found the food to be very expensive, with some entrees going over $40. (That is a lot for this area of Upstate NY.) However, do not be scared of that if you look online. The prices have dropped a LOT over the past couple years, and are now in line with most other nice restaurants in the area.
We made a 5:30 PM reservation for this Saturday night, and arrived to find a restaurant that had yet to start filling up. No problem; we were shown to a very nice table in a front room that was attractively decorated and lit. I asked about the Groupon right up front, and the manager at the front desk told us that they did not accept Groupons on Saturdays, but she was nice enough to make an exception as we did not know. (It was in small print on the Groupon printout.)
For starters, they brought out some very nice, freshly-baked warm rolls, which were paired with a nice garlicky-red peppered olive oil dip. It was a very nice and simple "spread" that accentuated the rolls. I enjoyed it!
For dinner, I had a seafood diablo dish over pasta. It had a tangy red sauce that was NOT out of a can...it tasted very homemade and gooooood! (Yummy!) The dish was loaded with very large and high-quality shrimp, scallops, and clams. This was all served over pasta with the red sauce and parmesan cheese, which was sprinkled on by our waitress. Very nice! My wife had a pasta dish with beans and sausage (I think), which she really enjoyed as well. Our daughter had a plateful of chicken parmesan that would have fed four kids her size. (It's going to be my lunch tomorrow!)
The service at this restaurant was very good as well. Our waitress was very prompt and courteous, and we were also visited by the manager as well, who informed us about the history of the place. This was a very, very nice meal, and we will be back!
Two things to know, though: first, as I already said, they do not accept Groupons on Saturdays, so know that in advance. (I wouldn't take advantage of their good natures by asking to accept one again.) Also, they are not open on Sundays at all. So, don't buy a Groupon if you only dine out on weekends, as you won't use it. But don't let that stop you from trying this wonderful restaurant. It is very good, and is not more expensive than other restaurants in the area. I will be back!
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