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“Nice atmosphere & menu”

Giovanni Ristorante
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Ranked #408 of 2,067 Restaurants in Nashville
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Florence, South Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
368 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Nice atmosphere & menu”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

We picked Giovanni based on the ability to walk there from our hotel and our love of Italian food. I'll admit that after spending time in northern Italy, it is hard to impress us with the food, but Giovanni came closer than most places. We chose the Lobster risotto special for our entree, and it was very good. One person at our table ordered scallops, and even as far inland as Nashville, he said that they were cooked perfectly and tasted great. The wine selection, although very expensive on average, was excellent.

The service was a little dicey at first, but smoothed out some over the evening. I would say that we've had more attentive waiters elsewhere.

We would recommend Giovanni, but be careful about the bill. We're still trying to figure out how ours was so high in the end, even with 6 people and two bottles of wine. I think gratuity had been included already. Also, take our advice and ask the price of the specials.

  • Visited December 2012
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely ambience, excellent service”
Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

My sister held her wedding rehearsal dinner at Giovanni's. The restaurant is on a street with several bars so if you wanted, you could make a night of it. There was a baby grand upstairs and everything was candlelit. We had a dinner of rigatoni parmesan, pasta bolognese, chicken breast cutlet with fresh (?) sausage and bread. It was buffet style so it was not hot, but it was fine. Mixed drinks were cash bar & my husband paid 12.95 for a Makers Mark & diet Coke. Giovanni's seemed very romantic and lovely. No one was impressed by the menu, but we weren't there for the food!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Another Excellent Meal at Giovanni's”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We went back to Giovanni's this weekend. We had another excellent time. The food is priced a little higher than most Italian restaurants, but, when you add in the service, wine selection and the quality of the food, you cannot go wrong. It’s a great place to go for a date, especially if it’s your first.

Visited September 2012
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Louisville
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Fabulous homemade pasta, great wine list, and excellent service”
Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

The past was melt in your mouth great, the best service, and wonderful atmosphere

I cannot wait to return

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Huntsville, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fantastic Service, very pricey.”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We stopped into Giovanni's Saturday evening based on a desire to check out a new spot and the reviews. The place is absolutely gorgeous, very nicely appointed through out. The service received was excellent, the staff were accommodating without being obtrusive. The salads, tried the ceaser and mixed green, both were pricey for quantity. The presentation on the ceaser was very nice. Two of the group remarked the anchovies were overpowering in the ceaser dressing. The entrees were fabulous and they would have been given outstanding if not for portion size and price of the Fettuccine Alfredo. The whiskey list was nice but pricey. $15 for a Woodford Reserve, is over the top.

  • Visited September 2012
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