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“Great Italian, In Mexico”

Capo San Giovanni's Mari e Monti
Price range: $10 - $60
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Capo San Giovanni's changed location and names now Chef Gianfranco propose offers to is follower and to the public Neapolitan and Calabrian dishes without changing his cooking style and service. Our new name is IL CUORE DI NAPOLI AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN ITALIAN CUICINE Come and enjoy a new and traditional Southern Italian experience.Capo San Giovanni's Mari e Monti changed name and location and invite you to relax and savor the delicious aromas and flavors of our homeland,Napoli, in the south of Italy in front at beautiful isles of Capri and Ischia. Welcome to one of the most visited restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, a southern Italian style restaurant & bar with a beautiful dining room packed with guests in an unassuming cozy space remembering the charm of Gianfranco's back home town. A outdoor TERRAZZA beckons to you to dine al fresco - it seems to transport you from Cabo to a lovely Italian country . The story behind the restaurant Il Cuore Di Napoli and chef Gianfranco Zappalá raised in Calabria but of mather Napoletana he learn to grasp the essence of the cuisine of the two regions, Bova Marina a rock that indicates the southern point of the Italian peninsula, in the interior part of the famous boot, in the region of Calabria, facing the Ionio sea and the isle of Sicilia, an area of a thousand stories of civilization, culture, great battles. This volcanic land produces the most exquisite flavors in all the Mediterranean area. Gianfranco Zappalá , executive chef of the restaurant began his love for the food of south Italy by the preparation and the secrets in the kitchens of his grandmothers. He learned the recipes conserved in his family by hundreds years continuing the traditions Napoletana and Calabrese. Fisherman and hunter by heart and by heritage, with a great passion for the sea, the mountain, and their fruits. He participated in his youth in the fishing, hunting and the elaboration of dishes of the earth & sea in the family restaurant and hotel Girasole, which still exists, to the delight of its multiple clients from the north of Europe. Gianfranco later operated a restaurant and disco at the "Monte Papagallo", in Bova Marina, a gorgeous place, surrounded by olive trees, owned by his family. In 1993, with anxieties to fly, he accepted the invitation from the corporative of the clothing designer and compatriot Giorgio Armani, to become Executive Chef in two of his restaurants ( Armani's Beverly Hills and Costa Mesa, California ), immediately Gianfranco's "grandmother's recipes became famous". His success extended to the consultancy of five Star restaurants in Phoenix, Sedona, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. The consulting firm offers a society to the first San Giovanni Restaurant, located in Anaheim Hills. In November 1997, attracted by the many stories from clients who shared his passion of fishing, they told him of a place, on the south of the Peninsula of Baja California, where the most exquisite tunas, mahi-mahi and marlins could be obtained from the Pacific, decided to visit this beautiful region, and fell in love with the rustic beauty, very similar to his home lands.Since March of 1998 Gianfranco, member of the F.I.C. (Italian Federation of Chefs), keeps his knowledge of Italian cuisine updated with some Master Chefs in Florence,NAPLES, Reggio Calabria and Rome, Italy. He has received a special recognition to preserve the culinary traditions as to innovate the dishes with modern ideas and the combination of ingredients of the old and new world. Gianfranco and his wife Hilda which is the sommelier invite you to relax in their cozy patio, at the most authentic style Italian Restaurant of this side of world, accompanied by live music. So, let take yourself by the flavors of the Mediterranean land... and remember, a glass of red wine with your dinner promotes a healthy life, so... Buon Appetito !!!
Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Italian, In Mexico”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

This place has a great story and an amazing atmosphere. I think it is criminal that it is not in the top 10 in the city. The bruschetta was the best I have ever had, unforgettable. The open air patio with live music is a must, make sure you sit outside where you can see all the family photos of this world traveled chef projected on the wall. The food is fantastic as well. The chicken in Gorgonzola cheese sauce is rich and unlike any other preparation you typically see. The gnocci was quite delicious as well. It may be right across from Cabo Wabo, but for me this place is the real landmark.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellent service, great food”
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Great choice. We popped in with no reservation right before a Sammy Hagar show at the Cabo Wabo cantina directly across the street.

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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

This was my second time to Giovanni's it's was great as the first time!! The patio was awesome it remind u of Italy& the food was awesome better than what I have had at Little Italy in NYC.. I would recommend this to anyone!!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fun experience with ok food”
Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

The food was just ok - appetizers and salads were quite good. I especially liked the bruschetta as the tomatoes were very tasty and fresh. I had the fish special which was fresh halibut. It was good but over sauced. My husband also had the fish but opted for it grilled and it was a preferable preparation. This latter option was actually suggested by the very knowledgable and excellent waiter. The service was terrific - friendly and solicitous but not over bearing. The owner was a character. Part way through our dinner the live background music became a little show off concert with the owner, in full flashy chef's get up, singing a bunch of Italian songs with a full throated warble and flirting outrageously with the female guests. It was pretty hilarious and fun.

  • Visited April 2013
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Minnetrista, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Outstanding Italian”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Very charming courtyard sets the ambiance for this outstanding italian restaurant. One of my favorite restaurants in the world. It's an annual treat. Just about anything you order is out of this world!

Visited March 2013
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