Giovanni's Italian Restaurant
875 Rinehart Rd, Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: (407) 323-6713
Fax Number: (407) 330-4351
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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11/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Terrible food. Soup (minestrone) was insipid,watery, tasted like they threw frozen veggies in water and brought it to boil and voila!, soup. The steamed veggies (large extra cost to sub for pasta) were, well, steamed, how can you mess these up? I had veal Francesca, 3 tiny medallions, I didn't like it. There was nothing more, (remember I subbed veggies for an extra cost). My wife had pasta, she didn't like it, stated it didn't taste authentic. The waitress never came by to see how things were going and never asked how the food was. We didn't discuss how bad the food was, so she wasn't tipped off by us. Maybe she knew already? In closing. We will never go there again and will tell our friends of the experience. Oh, did I mention that the food is NOT cheap there.
I frequently eat lunch here. The lunch special, a slice of pizza and a salad, is an exceptional value. Service is usually very good, though occasionally we've gotten the "new person" who needs a bit more training. Try the Garlic Knots, too... they are to die for.
I've occasionally taken guests here for dinner in the evening. The food has always been good and a moderate value for the price.
I have been told "word of mouth" that things may "slow down" and quality may degrade a bit in the evenings when the manager leaves, though I've not had this direct experience.
All in all, very good.
This past weekend we dined at Giovanni's in Lake Mary. We were greeted by a friendly, but very casually dressed hostess who seated us in the front part of the restaurant right next to the bar (not recommended if you want to talk to the other people atyour table). The meal itself was average for an Italian restaurant/pizzeria, but a horrible incident and the way it was handled will preclude us from ever dining at any of their restaurants again.
One of the hostesses had placed their cup of water on the ledge between the podium and our table and inadvertently knocked it off the ledge and onto my head. As if that wasn't bad enough, her reaction was to exclaim, "good thing it's only water." When the waitress arrived, she attempted to assist with drying me off and was astute enough to see that I was not pleased. She approached the manager/owner (who was making pizzas at the time) and explained what had happened. Not only did he ignore the problem, he never even stopped by our table with an acknowledgment.
It is obvious that this restaurant is poorly run and in need of better management and ownership. The lack of concern that they show for their customers will eventually catch up to them. We don't expect the owners of a small pizzeria to be top-notch managers and restauranteurs, but their manager/owner makes the overnight manager at the Waffle House look good.
Word to the wise: your food isn't anything we can't get in a hundred other places in and around Lake Mary - you need to take better care of your customers!
01/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The pizza is New York style but the bar patrons like the Red Sox. If you're from New England, this is your ideal pub in Heathrow, FL. Yankees fans can get their pizza to go. Watch them prepare your pizza from scratch. Try the stuffed veggie pizza pie or the Spinach Eppy rolls.
08/26/2004Provided by Citysearch -
Each and every time my family has gone to Giovanni's, it's been an excellent all around experience. The service, ambiance and food is absolutely delightful. I grew up in New York and Giovanni's reminds me of many of the great Italian restaurants there. They definitely keep us coming back to this family restaurant time and time again.