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Giovanni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

4250 Alafaya Trl., Ste. 132 (McCulluch Rd.) Send to Phone
407-359-5900 | Menu
Filling Italian fare in a casual, family-friendly setting.


Lunch & Dinner daily

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Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria Restaurant Review

: This is the original location for Giovanni's, the place where locals got hooked on the crisp pizzas and the eggplant Parmigiana. The family-run restaurant doesn't accept reservations, so if you go on a Friday or Saturday night, expect a long wait. But patience pays off, with home-cooked Italian in a no-frills setting. Start with a plate heaped with chewy garlic knots. The antipasto is a meal, with rolled Italian meats and cheeses on crisp greens with Giovanni's own vinaigrette. Noisy families share giant pizzas and calzones, regulars go for the chicken mustardello or the shrimp fra diavolo. There’s a full bar here, and a decent selection of wine and beer. Finish with a cannoli or tiramisu for a down-home Italian feast. Mangia!

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