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Via San Lazzaro 14, Trieste, Italy
040 639396
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Today
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Genuinely great

It's one of those places you are sooooo happy to have discovered - the atmosphere is really genuine, in the genuine sense of the word - you'll be surrounded by old men from the neighbourhood who have been coming here for ages probably. It has the standard italian working hours (meaning: there's an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Zagreb, Croatia
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Verona, Wisconsin
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

very busy trattoria located in the center of town. good bottled wine and on tap, at reasonable prices. for best service, go before 13.00, or book

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Zagreb, Croatia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It's one of those places you are sooooo happy to have discovered - the atmosphere is really genuine, in the genuine sense of the word - you'll be surrounded by old men from the neighbourhood who have been coming here for ages probably. It has the standard italian working hours (meaning: there's an afterlunch break from 15 to 16:30, it... More 

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Florida
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131 reviews 131 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

TRATTORIA DA GIOVANNI All right! You are the kind of tourist that loves to try the real local food. The type who doesn't care about eating in the hotel restaurant, but wants the venture out and discover what the locals eat, the little secrets that most tourists will never know. You are reading the right review because I am just... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

friendly & casual setting, right in the center. good local wine from friuli, very crowded at lunch, go early, not after 13.00, also good prices !

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Trieste, Italy
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

They touch all of the food by their hands, (one lady picked the pickled green peppers from a plastic can by her hands before serving them to plates, they also pick up the bread with their hands without a pair of gloves or tongs). Inside it always smells, we can see the kitchen which doesn't seem that clean. Breads were... More 

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Koper, Slovenia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Da Giovanni is an excellent choice for quick lunch or dinner or snack. Reasonable prices, good service, very good food and wine. Don't get discouraged by the look - that's part of the authenticity.

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Rome, Italy
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

I've been here last Friday with a friend who has lived in Trieste for years and he brought me to have lunch as he remembered this as a good value place for a typical & quick lunch. The waiter spoke with voice so feeble we had to ask him to repeat a dozen times, he forgot part of our order... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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126 reviews 126 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

If you are looking for a speedy lunch in the centre of Trieste, this is the place. Bowls of pasta and other savoury dishes served quickly but still as tasty as you'd hope and expect in Italy.

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Woodnewton, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

Quick single course lunch with a good Caprese and a great little pasta of the day (bacon and zuchini). Seems popular mostly with locals which is usually a good sign.

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Houston, Texas
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203 reviews 203 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This place "buffet" is the real local place used from the locals. This is the typical half morning break "merenda" (ham sandwich+glass of wine). You can't go more local than this.... The place is located in the heat of Trieste, nice to have a stroll here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Via San Lazzaro 14, Trieste, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Friuli Venezia Giulia  >  Province of Trieste  >  Trieste
  • Phone Number: 040 639396

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?