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Giovanni's on the Hill Restaurant Review: Dishes like farfalline del Presidente Reagan and pappardelle alla Bella Oprah are the first clue that you’ll be in illustrious company while dining here. The clientele, largely professionals and folks celebrating special occasions, tends to dress and act the part. But underneath the chandeliers and paintings, there’s an undercurrent of welcome simplicity. Plump mussels with tomato, wine and basil, for example, evoke a seaside café in Palermo. Capellini luxuriates in only olive oil, garlic and Parmesan. Of several veal entrées, our favorite is the house specialty, with a rich white wine sauce plus Fontina and prosciutto. The traditional end to an Italian meal on the hill, tiramisu, rises above the rest. Wines are high-caliber without seeming exorbitant. Black-tie waiters can be slightly overwhelmed at times, but no one can fault owner Giovanni Gabriele as host of the elegant space or his son, Frank, in the kitchen.