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Giovanni's Ristorante

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(34 Reviews)

330 S Oakwood, Detroit, MI 48217

(313) 841-0122

Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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General Info
Hours not available. Please contact Giovanni's Ristorante at (313) 841-0122.
Regular Hours
Tue - Thu:
Payment method
amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Oakwood Heights, Southwest Detroit, Vernor
Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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This place is one of the jewel...

This place is one of the jewels in the Detroit area and has best selection of pastas.

J P.


Best pasta around

The pasta just melts in your mouth. Our waiter was very good and our dinners were great. I'd definately go back!



Provided by Citysearch - 

The owner is pretentious the waiter was terrible after telling us how Frank Sinantra ate there. The food tasted like Frank threw it up. Lasagna unrecognizable with some wierd nutmeg tasting whitesauce. Over priced wine tasted like $3.97 Chard from Walmart and the bathroom was disgusting. This place may have been good but it's not anymore.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The food was good BUT.....

The food was very, very good but you couldn't hear the person talking right across the table from you. Everyone in our party complained about the same thing. They need to do something to reduce the decible level otherwise, as good as the food was, many of us wouldn;t think of going back. My ears are still ringing.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Outstanding Italian

Giovanni's is a Detroit institution. And, in a neat switch, they manage to hold to their own high standards. Through fires, economic downturns, and suburban flight, Giovanni's has continued to turn out consistently high-quality Italian food. The food is great, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the owner's commitment is evident. Go. Eat. Enjoy.

Oh--and try the spinach gnocchi. It's the best!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Excellent food, service, and ambience!

Diverse menu, well-prepared food, superb ambience, excellent service, secure parking, and a personal touch from the owner and her family.
For seven years, our favorite place for romantic dining.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just great comfort food!

Order an entree but you MUST order a pasta too. It practically melts in your mouth. You'll find out what you've been missing at other italian restaurants.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Romance x 5

this is a great little family restaurant that is hidden away in an industrial area of town. very limited tables but this is excellent for quiet discussions with your tablemates. The ambiance is great and the staff are properly trained to service customer but leave enough alone for private conversation.

the food is excellent and well proportioned, you will not go home hungry. The wine list is extensive but you will pay for the uniqueness of the bottles.

All in all an excellent experience and you will return time and time again. I have been in many family restaurants across the US and this rates at the top of my list for experiences. If you are there with a someone special, it's a sure bet.



This place is fantastic...

...My wife and I eat here every year on our anniversary. In fact today is our 20th and we are looking forward to a great meal this evening. The food is very good, the atmosphere is nice (we don't take our kids and we rarely see children in there). The make their own pasta and have an extensive wine menu. If you aren't familiar with the area use their valet service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
bestttttttttttttttttttt fooooooooooooood

I always take people that visit me to Giovanni's & they ALWAYS love it! The atmosphere is lovely. The restaurant is well decorated & inviting. They have an incredible array of pasta dishes & pizzas. I consistently get the Fettucini Roma, the mushrooms are to die for! Anything I've ever eaten there is delicious. Definitely a must-try if you're in the area & looking for a great meal for your money!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food - Great Night

The food was fantastic, I had the Prociuto Pizza which was amazing, my friend had the Pecorino pizza, which was also great. Both were wonderful, great thin crusts, bursting with flavors from the fresh and abundant ingredients. The salads are simply dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt and pepper- but for once, you can actually taste the quality ingredients, not just the salad dressing. The wine selection was superb, and the bartender let us taste a few to see which we liked best. Would definitely go back, wonderful service.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I love this place! Mangia! Mangia!

This is perfect home cooking italian. The place is always packed which is a sure sign that it is well liked. The bolognese and the lasagna are the best I've ever had. You can tell they use the best ingredients because even the simplest things are delicious! The pasta is an unbeatable deal and if you are with a large group - the portions are generous. There is also a under $25 wine list with a wide selection of both red and white. Mangia!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful

All the pasta and salad options are excellent portions and a nice variety. Not the same old stuff. Freshest mozzarella I have had but beware the tiramisu is deadly for anyone on a diet!!! Bellisimo



Provided by Citysearch - 
OH MY GOD!!!!!!

When I think of the very very very best restaurant in Michigan, inevitably, I think of Giovanni's. Everything, from the service to the bread to the salads are to die for. I get a Chicken dish with a creamy rosemary mushroom sauce that is so good my mouth waters just thinking about it. And their pasta (homemade and soooo tender) is like nothing else I have every had. If you like Italian, you will LOVE Giovanni's.



Provided by Citysearch - 
I remember when

This used to be a great spot. It has become very overpriced and overrated, and it has lost the customers that built its reputation.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What A Big Let Down

After Seeing This Was The Number One Italian Restaurant In The City Search Polls Me
And My Girlfriend Along With Her 12 Year Daughter Decided To Give Giovanni's A Try.
We Went There For Lunch. We Were Seated Promptly And Drinks And Bread Were
Brought To Us Promptly. Then It Was Downhill From There The Soups And Salad Were
Very Average Then For The Main Course The 3 Pasta Dishes The Portions Were Very
Small And Overpriced My Girlfriend Tried Her Dish And Did Not Like It I Ended Up
Taking Her Dish Home. Her Daughter Ate Her Dish And Said It Was Okay And Me I Ate
My Dish And Found It To Be A Very Avarage Pasta Dish So Over All It Was A Big Let
Down For Everyone Especially Since We Drove From St Clair Shores In My Over Opinion
Its Not Worth The Drive.



Provided by Citysearch - 
World's Best Italian

I have travel to many lands and eaten at the best of restaurants but GIOVANNI'S IS THE BEST ITALIAN I have ever eaten. All the pasta is as fresh as can be (made homemade) and the sauces are to die for. The owners Fran & Randy make you feel like your at home. I LOVE THIS PLACE !!! Try it you love it!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Diamond in the Rough

The little gem in Southwest Detroit, that sits on Oakwood, illuminates ambiance and character. The owner Francias Truant creates a warm and inviting atmoshpere for each and every individual that crosses through her door. The exsquisite taste and presentation of the food will keep customers coming back for more.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A little bit of Italy

My wife and I dine there quite often. The food is exceptional and the atmoshpere is awesome. The owners go out of their way to ensure that every guest's experience is something to remember. My wife even had her wedding shower in the wine room, and said it was the absolute most memorable experience. The food, the enviroment and the staff make this our favorite place to dine.



Provided by Citysearch - 

My husband and I stumbled upon this restaurant 5 years ago when we were first dating and we have been going back ever since. It is has a romantic atmosphere with fabulous italian food and this is coming from one who was raised with italian cooking. To topped it all off, the service has always been at it's best. We have brought our best of friends there to enjoy.