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Cafe Giovanni

117 Decatur St. (Canal St.) Send to Phone
504-529-2154 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Café Giovanni offers Italian cooking in the French Quarter.
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  • 3.5 star rating
3.5 rating over 4 reviews

Cafe Giovanni Restaurant Review

: If you seek Italian cooking in the French Quarter, Café Giovanni is a smart stop, where high-energy chef Duke LoCicero offers his “New World Italian Cuisine." This concept yields such plates as lightly battered Oysters Giovanni, served on a plate painted with five sauces. Caesar salads come garnished with eggplant croutons. Grilled Louisiana Gulf fish is served with jumbo lump crab meat in a vermouth sauce. Fire-roasted jumbo shrimp and scallops pair with a mango-lemon citrus sauce. Still, the traditional Sicilian dishes are all here --- spaghetti Bolognese, meatballs and spaghetti, and rosemary lamb chops, to name a few. Go early for happy hour at the adjacent Belli Baci lounge, and enjoy special drink prices and appetizers. On a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening, you may enjoy dinner along with live opera vocals. A limited but carefully chosen list of Italian reds highlights a nicely organized wine list of mostly California labels. Before you finish your meal, remember these three words: Chocolate Lava Cake. And ask your server about Chef Duke’s “Feed You” menu, consisting of several appetizer size plates that allow you to sample many different signature items.

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