Giovannis Toronto

Giovanni's

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Giovanni's has both indoor and outdoor dining and reservations are available, and they also do takeout and delivery. Sanitizer is available at the hostess stand upon entry.

Giovanni's is named for the chef owner's son, and pays homage to his love of Italy and family trips spent eating around the country.

The style of cuisine at this restaurant very much so encompasses the many regions of Italy, with a backbone of multi-generational family recipes.

Giovannis Toronto

Some of the sleek clubby feel of previous occupant Garrison Creek (also an Italian restaurant) has been stripped away in favour of checkered tablecloths and tomato cans hanging from the ceiling (they go through 12 of them a day).

Giovannis Toronto

There's a semi-open kitchen space and a pizza bar where pies are made in front of diners at the back.

Giovannis Toronto

Bruschetta pomodoro ($6) tops grilled house sourdough with tomato, olive oil, thinly sliced garlic and basil.

Giovannis Toronto

Fritto misto ($17) pairs lots of fried calamari with a few fried shrimp, plus a lemon wedge and bomba cocktail sauce.

Giovannis Toronto

Polenta fries ($10) are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, served with a strong garlic aioli (they're not shy with the garlic here).

Giovannis Toronto

Go for the salumi misti ($25) if you're looking to feed a crowd: a selection of Italian cured meats and cheeses with fruit, honey and mustard.

Giovannis Toronto

The fico e prosciutto ($17) is the most sophisticated salad, with arugula topped with melty mozzarella di bufala cradled lovingly by a ring of prosciutto and crowned with a skewer of sweet fresh figs.

Giovannis Toronto

The spaghetti n'duja ($17) is one of a robust selection of classic dishes using fresh pastas made in house, sweet and spicy with sausage and a honey tomato sauce.

Giovannis Toronto

Orecchiette ($18) marries iconic, hearty sausage and rapini, adding chili, parm and olive oil.

Giovannis Toronto

A pappardelle cinghiale ($21) is one of the most indulgent pastas, thin flat noodles enrobed in rich wild boar and San Marzano bolognese.

The puttanesca ($18) has no meat, just tomato sauce, olives, capers, garlic and anchovies.

Giovannis Toronto

A Margherita pizza is $14, with an option to add on mozzarella di bufala for $4. It's made in an Italian stone oven and has a sauce of fresh DOP San Marzano tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and olive oil. It's not strictly Neapolitan, but it's foldable with a crispy crust and a soft, wet, floppy centre.

Giovannis Toronto

A pizza bianca ($17) is more gourmet with a strong combination of gorgonzola, figs and red onion.

Giovannis Toronto

A Malfy Spritz ($14) is basically an Italian twist on a French 75 with gin, lemon and prosecco.

Giovannis Toronto

Don't miss a pantry section stocked with freshly made Nutella bomba, which you can also order for dessert.

Giovannis Toronto

An idyllic patio equipped with shady umbrellas and strung with lights seats 68.

Giovannis Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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