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Ristorante Giovanni
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Ranked #461 of 3,937 Restaurants in Turin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $43 - $86
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 18, 2012

We had a wonderful dining experience at Ristorante Giovanni. This is a family run business and they do a wonderful job. Father and brother are cooking in the back, Mother and 2 daughters are in front. Maria, our server, was fabulous. She offered us wonderful recommendations for our meal. The menu was very good, many delicious choices. Wine list also was very good. Highly recommend this restaurant. Definitely 5 star. Thank you Ristorante Giovanni.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Giovanni was recommended by the hotel, which turned out to be a good turn. There's a slightly old-fashioned air about it, with its centre display table for antipasto and desserts, and its double cloths on the tables. It's unpretentiously good food, with an excellent wine list. The prosciutto crudo is hand-sliced to order, and the accompanying melon was deliciously ripe. The agnolotti filled with Piedmontese braised beef is an excellent first course or small main. There's an additional list of the day's specials, recommended. It's useful to speak some Italian here. Service tends to be brisk. Don't expect to linger over the menu, making elaborate decisions, and listen when the waiter recommends a wine. He knows what he's doing.

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Reviewed July 16, 2011

On our first day in Turin we had no plans for lunch, so we started walking up the via Gioberti from Hotel Residence Liberty, where we had left our bags, and stopped at the first place that looked good, which was Ristorante Giovanni.

The place was not busy -- in fact I am not sure if there were any other customers who were not family of the owners. But we were happy to be in Italy, and we had a bottle of wine, so we were in such a jolly mood that even the scowly waiter eventually cracked a smile. He and I had a bit of a tug-of-war with my plate, because I had not finished eating. I learned that there is a silverware code: knife and fork parallel on the dish means "snatch it away"; knife and fork at obtuse angles and touching the tablecloth means "I am still chowing down". My family claimed already to know this Language of Signs, but it was news to me.

The waiter was also not incredibly keen to define Italian terms that I did not recognise. I sympathise with having to wait on anglophones, but even his muttered "verdure" was helpful to know that an item was a green rather than a meat, if only he would make an effort.

Anyway the food was good. My daughter got the best dish: veal chunk in green peppercorn sauce. I am not normally a big veal eater, but this piece reminded me of a sublime and succulent four-inch cube of veal that I once had at Trattoria Dell'Arte in Manhattan. We ate veal a few more times this trip but it did not compare. The pasta was all right but not magical like it can sometimes be in Italy. We had a sort of ravioli filled with greens in a gloppy sauce with a chocolate powder. One son was unimpressed with the octopus carpaccio; the other loved his melon and prosciutto. The selection of cheese and salami was of course very nice. We thought we had ordered two of them, but instead we got one plate with vitello tonnato -- a dish I guiltily like because I am a big mayonnaise fan -- and a truffly soufflé and red peppers with anchovies. That was nice. I liked my pistachio ice cream a lot, and the others were relatively happy with theirs (an experiment with torroncino was not deemed a huge success).

Lunch totalled 200 euro for the five of us.

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