My girlfriend and I went to Giovanni's in search of the perfect cannoli. Instead we found the perfect pizza. I am not a voracious eater and we got a small pie, which I ate most of, to my partner's shock. I have never eaten a spinach pesto pizza before. This had the chewiest mozzarella, the freshest spinach, garlicky garlic, and was the perfect combination of moist and thick and crisp.
The atmosphere was gritty linoleum and a little greasy but reasonably clean and nicely Italian red and white and green. It reminded me of a lot of New Jersey pizza places, and being from New Jersey, it was comforting to be in that familiar environment with its little bit of grit. Despite the cozy familiarity of grit, I would prefer to take my pizza home. However, my girlfriend, who said, "I managed a pizza place and I know pizza--the quality of pizza totally changes when you take it home." When asked how she meant this she said, "When it sits in that box and steams up it gets gross and can't even get salvaged if you heat it up."
As for romantic, she agreed the atmosphere was not that, but added that "wherever I go with you is romantic." (A little touch of tawdry romance was present in the wall we sat beside that was covered with NY theatre production brochures.)
It remains undecided whether we will eat our pizza there or at home but it is certain we will eat Giovanni's pizza again. As for cannoli (she thought it was "too cinnamony" but I found it too sweet), get your dessert at Saggio's.
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