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Carlsbad, California
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328 reviews 328 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012

Giovanni's is a funky little place along PCH in Encinitas. Although the title her is Sandwich Shop, it's much more than that. At first you think it's a takeout place, but then realize there are tables inside as well as along the sidewalk. The menu is fairly extensive although the waitress (very friendly and helpful) will explain that some items... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

We stopped in this small restaurant on a Sat afternoon. Some people were waiting for pizzas to go, but we were the only people in the dining room. We ordered a small pizza and a house salad. The salad was huge, delicious and easily shared by two. The pizza had a great crust, but very skimpy on the sausage and... More 

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011 via mobile

We used to get pizza slices an sandwiches, etc. delivered to our house in Cardiff. So good!!! But over the years, it has gone downhill. I took my family from out of town there. We walked in, most of the lights were off, there was no one else in the restaurant, the kitchen area and meat cooler looked unfleshed and... More 

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Palm Desert, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Yesterday, we tried to eat at a restaurant across the street called the Blue Ribbon Artizan Pizzeria. They would not wait on us, so we left and remembered Giovanni's. The food was so wonderful, all the great flavors and the ambience is just like being in italy. Even though it wasn't our first choice, it will be from now on.... More 

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Carlsbad, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2011

First let me say everything tasted very fresh. I thought the pizza was great. What made it great was that it reminded me of some of the best pizza I have ever eaten in my life. Almost as if it was a cross between a real New York pizza and pizza you would eat if you were in Italy. Good... More 

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2011

We went there on a Friday night, ordered a pasta dish + a pizza. The penne was falling apart, the sauce was watery and the pizza crust tasted like a saltine cracker without the salt. The restaurant was cold and drafty, service was slow and the prices were way too high.

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2009

Good price, good taste, good size. We would definietly try again. Take out best when restaurant is not busy. Giovanni's Sandwich Shop is right next to restaurant.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2009

This place sucks! It is simply beyond horrible! Friends would not let friends eat here! I got sick! Even my dog got sick from scraps!

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Carlsbad, CA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2009

At lunch I ordered a sandwich that the menu said came with cheese. Then when the bill came, the restaurant had charged me extra for cheese. I had to argue with the waiter to get the extra charge taken off. And the sandwich wasn't anything special.

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San Diego, CA
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2008

I have to tell you about this original Italian restaurant in Encinitas CA. When you walk into this place you step into the kitchen to get to the dining room. Owner Vito, a Sicilian chef with 25 years of experience who instantly makes you feel at home, immediately greets you. Besides the traditional dishes that are in every Italian restaurant... More 

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Additional Information about Giovanni's Italian Sandwich Shop

Address: 764 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone Number: 760 943-8620
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
Cuisine: Italian

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