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“Attitude Leaves a Sour Taste.”
Review of Giovanni

Giovanni
Ranked #68 of 177 Restaurants in Rovinj
Cuisines: Croatian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
Level Contributor
111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Attitude Leaves a Sour Taste.”
Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

A very good meal was marred by the cold attitude of our waitress...who knew that not being fluent in German would be a problem in Croatia. Our attempts at Italian (we were lead to believe that Italian was acceptable in Istria) were met with a sour face. We observed a difference in congeniality with the German guests, who were at every other table.  On the other hand, a waiter, who shared some of the table services was very friendly and informative about local wines. 

The food was delicious.  We had for a first course of Istrian gnocchi which was exceptionally tasty (with seasoned slow roasted beef, like a beef stroganoff sauce).  The second courses of grilled squid and fried sole were seasoned to perfection. Unfortunately, our not-so- friendly waitress never delivered our espresso. But the professional waiter offset the lack of coffee with a gratis Rakija. 

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  • Dutch first
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Villach, Austria
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good for the budget, but the food is mean”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

I followed the reviews and I ordered a fish based menu. A full fish menu is around 30€ including wine, but the quality was a bit disappointing. Worth to mention, the risotto was tasteless and all the fish was cooked exaggerating with garlic and parsley. For low requirements only.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Marco B
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Squid.”
Reviewed November 3, 2011

This restaurant was recommended to us by the lady who owned the villa we stayed in, as a nice meal option just across the street - and we weren’t disappointed! Really good food, generous portions, our favourites were the langoustines, seafood risotto, and garlic squid, mmm.. and the local semi-sweet muscat. Great value for money too!

  • Visited September 2011
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2 Thank LinDon226
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Frigiliana, Spain
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191 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“excellent food under the grapes!”
Reviewed September 14, 2010

restaurant is outside of the centre of rovinj.it was a minutes walk from our apartment. large outside seating area under a huge amount of hanging grapes. large portions at great prices and quick service.

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3 Thank ThewanderingLoiner
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