Moro (also in Orvieto) would be one of the best Italian restaurants in any city, but Giovanni's gets my vote for one of my top 5 restaurant experiences in the world.. And I'm fairly well travelled (I also own a restaurant).
Small and intimate. Giovani and Dana are gracious hosts. But, oh the FOOD!! Orvieto is a one hour train ride from Rome, and I will tell you that Giovanni's alone is worth the trip to Orvieto. From the very first bite of their free salty fried bread dough I knew we were in for a treat. Absolutely perfect flavor profile and texture. The rest of the menu lived up to expectations. The only way to deliver food to this level is to have a master chef cooking everything that comes out of the kitchen, one blessed with fantastic taste buds to go with years of experience.
Here are the dishes you must try:
- Giovanni's tagliatelle pasta. Make sure you cut the ham into small pieces so that you have a salty piece in every bite. This is food so naturally well designed and cooked that it rises to the level of molecular gastronomy.
- Beef fillet with pistachio crust. Perfect!! Unbelievable subtlety in the pistachio crust. Lends perfect texture and magically complements the slight sear on the beef.
- Gnocchi. With walnuts. Again, another unusual yet subtlety perfect complement to the dish.
- Tortellini with truffles. I hate 99% of dishes using truffles bc most chefs overdo the truffle and overwhelm the dish with it. Not here. It was perfect.
What else can I say, one of the best restaurants in the world delivered in a casual family run package, where you can have one of the best meals of your life for around $20 per person (including a delicious bottle of Orvieto wine).
Giovanni's is enough reason for me to come again to Italy!
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