Gianni's is without a doubt my favourite restaurant in Johor Bahru.
The food here is excellent, be it the appetizers, salads, pastas, pizzas or entrees. I have tried a lot of their food, ranging from soups to fish, meats, chicken... and I have yet to be disappointed with the quality of their food.
My particular favourites are their pumpkin soup and mushroom soup, but perhaps the best thing about this place are their pizzas, certainly they make my favourite crust. Thin, crispy, slightly yeasty and doesn't absorb too much sauce, avoiding any sogginess. To me, their crust is absolutely *perfect*. I cannot say they are too generous with toppings, but for an average eater, it was just right.
There are set menus are available for lunch, which are excellently put together for a reasonable price (approx. RM30++).
The service can be a little slow during peak hours, so DO NOT go for a weekday lunch if you are in a rush as the place is always full then, but Gianni's has the perfect ambience for enjoying a long, slow dinner with your friends or partner. The decor is modern and comfortable.
The waiters can sometimes give you a hard time, but talking to the manager usually settles any disputes rather happily. The owner is a friendly gent who sometimes comes out to speak to diners, and while that potentially sounds intrusive, I've never felt like I was being bothered. Romantic dinners and "nice" night outs are definitely recommended here!
The lunch set menus are very reasonably priced. The ala carte and dinner menu can potentially be on the expensive side, depending on what you order, but I would say that on average, the prices are only moderately high. On average, I usually end up paying RM60-RM80 for my meal of an appetizer, entree/pasta/pizza and drinks.
Still, for the food you get, it more than justifies the cost. I always leave with a smile on my face, a happy belly, and the thought that I must visit it again soon.
Parking is a problem in the daytime, but is rarely a problem at night.
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