Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza
6133 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
Giovanni’s is one of those restaurants that I’ve seen around, but didn’t really think much about trying it. Last week, it was part of a groupon deal, so I thought it would be a good time to check it out. There are two locations: one on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and one on Balboa Ave. The two locations have different menus, which can be found on their website. I ended up choosing the Balboa location because I liked the menu.
We went on a Saturday night, and it wasn’t too crowded. The atmosphere was very casual and laid back. Our server was really friendly, and had a great memory. She took all our orders without writing anything down (we had a group of 7), and didn’t mess up at all.
Our meals were served with complimentary garlic bread. The bread slices were nice and thick. But there wasn’t that much garlic flavor.
I had a real craving for pizza after be inundated with pizza commercials on tv lately from Pizza Hut’s $10 any pizza, and Domino’s new pizza formula. So while normally I’m drawn to pasta dishes, I opted for a pizza.
I chose the Giovanni’s special: bacon, ham and beef.
I found the pizza to be too oily and the crust too thin. I like thin NY crust pizza, but this thin crust was more like frozen pizza type crust. I wasn’t impressed.
Little Sis had the Cannelloni, which contains chunks of chicken. She didn’t really like it. I took a bite and thought it was pretty bland.
Baby Bro’s Girlfriend chose the meat ravioli.
Boyfriend ordered the Penne Salsiccia & Ricotta. They were out of penne noodles, so he got spaghetti ones. This was my favorite dish of the night. There were tons of sausage and tomatoes.
Little Bro ordered the combination of lasagna and ravioli. He said it was just okay.
Baby Bro ordered the spaghetti with red clam sauce. While the dish was heaping with clams, Baby Bro complained that it lacked flavor.
All in all, it was a pretty mediocre experience. The service was good, but we probably won’t be back. Also, I thought their entrees were a bit pricey for such a casual joint. The pasta dishes averaged about $15.