Can we all agree that one of the most frustrating things about 2020 is that we have all been cooped up inside much more than we would have been normally? It was this exact fact that enabled the team at Giovanni’s to get thru the capacity limitations because, while all of us were hunkered down at home during “shelter in place”, there was a lot of action happening behind restaurant doors. Before the warm weather arrived, they took advantage of the downtime and did a lot of renovations both on the inside and the outside of the restaurant. Then, when the day came that they could welcome guests back in for dining, they would be greeted by a beautiful restaurant!
One of the most notable changes was the vast expansion of their outside dining area. Reminiscent of a classic Spanish style patio, guests can enjoy dinner and drinks and feel as though they’ve escaped the tedious daily grind we all face. On weekends, you can listen to live music as you enjoy the company of your friends. The extended patio also means that the restaurant can seat more guests comfortably while observing the current occupancy limits. Inside guests will notice the upgrades that resulted in an elegant yet relaxing place to enjoy the handcrafted menu items and specialty cocktails and wine.
Giovanni’s has one of the most expansive menus of classic Italian fare that you can find in the area and we’re talking much more than ‘just’ pasta (but they’ve got a lot of that as well!). A few of their grill offerings include Veal Chop, Filet (which you can also get with lobster), Swordfish, and Grilled Quail. The pescatarians in your group will be tickled to find a good variety of fish to choose from – Chilean Sea Bass, Lobster Parmigiana (there’s also a shrimp version), Zuppa di Pesce, and Lobster Diavolo. There are EIGHT! Veal dishes on Giovanni’s menu, creative chicken selection, and of course, pasta dishes that would make Nonna proud. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, there are appetizers and pizzas to choose from.
Not to be bested by the food, the wine and cocktail selection is guaranteed to pair well with whatever you choose for dinner. Select wines are half off on Wednesdays and Thursdays you can get $6 martinis and house drinks as well as $6 appetizers and small plates. Food specials include half-price entrees with the purchase of a regular entree on Mondays and Tuesdays and all of their menu items are available for take-out.
And, while live music is a weekly thing, in September, Giovanni’s hosted their first Wine and Music Festival which was a huge success. The event included several bands that played throughout the day and night, and festival-goers had the option to upgrade their tickets and have a full food buffet included in the price. The event was such a success that you can plan on seeing it happen again next year, so keep an eye out for an announcement next year. Upcoming events include a Halloween party on Saturday, October 31st with Jukebox Rehab playing. Come dressed to impress and if that means a Halloween costume to you – wear it! For a schedule of bands that are playing weekly at Giovanni’s, check their website and their Facebook page which are constantly being updated with details.
The cooler weather is right around the corner so take advantage of the time to be outside at Giovanni’s but have no fear – when the cooler weather does appear, they have plenty of fire pits and heat lamps to keep you warm and toasty!
Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant
5831 W Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC