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Located near Hampton Inn on Woodruff Rd.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
Italian, Tuscan, Romana, Lazio, Sicilian, Central-Italian, Southern-Italian
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unassuming but fantastic meal. After a long day in the area, we settled upon Giovannis for dinner. So glad we did. Growing up, I lived in an area with lots of Italian, Greek and Portugese influence. You get spoiled. Just stepping in the door, it...didn't have the appearance of a strip mall kind of place. I believe the owner/manager greeted us and took our order. The meal did take some time, but that's how you know it's good. Don't expect Olive Garden microwaved dinners here. The fish lasagna special sounded amazing, but we settled on Masala dinners. The gnocchi and pasta tasted homemade. The service was excellent. Looking forward to finding an excuse to visit again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024

Can't say enough good things about Giovanni's. The food is excellent for the price. We were shocked at the price for entrees that includes a wonderful salad with them. This place is very busy but service is efficient and staff very friendly. Great menu and...we can't wait to return to try other dishes.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful! A very small, charming restaurant in a little strip mall, easy to miss and don’t take reservations, but we are so glad we went! The food and service were amazing yet very reasonably priced. My husband and I had chicken cacciatore and, oh...my goodness, it was the best ever! Delicious sauce, bruschetta, and bread. Wish I could rate them more stars!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2023

We have been looking for good Italian in Greenville for a while now. What we found was great Italian in a small strip center off of Woodruff. We arrived late at 8:30 hoping we could get in. They told us they were getting ready to...close the kitchen but they would seat us. This is a small restaurant with about 16 table tops and family run. With us coming in late, we thought they were going to rush us but they did not. They made it very relaxing. We ordered two glasses of chianti, and appetizer of the smoked salmon carpaccio, a house salad and for our entrees the chicken piccata with a side of pasta with rose' sauce and the a seafood dish with shrimp, scallops with gnocchi in a gorgonzola cream sauce. Every dish was extremely tasteful and presented beautifully. What a treat! Our service was attentive, it was a pleasure to dine here. Our bill for the evening was $101. We will certainly be back.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 6 April 2023

Decided to go to Giovanni's for my 67 bday meal. We have lived in Gville for over 25+ years and know of this little Italian hole in the wall, but finally made it over. It's hiding in a small strip mall off Woodruff rd, but...you wouldn't know it once you are in this little gem with maybe 10 tables. They dont take res, and are only open 5-9 pm. The menu is limited (front/back), and the owner took our order. My wife had the mush ravioli but was put off by the truffle taste, daughter had the gnocchi w/chicken & tomatoes and cleaned the plate with the fresh yummy bread provided. I had the Chicken marsala swimming in marsala sauce and left the plate spotless. Bday cake at home, but out the door for 75$ plus tip. So, if authentic Italian is calling...like eating in the kitchen with a real Italian family and abbondanza.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 12 February 2023 via mobile

The food was excellent. The service was great. Establishment very clean. This is not a place to come to quick grab a meal…it’s more like a place to enjoy a meal.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 8 February 2023 via mobile

Amazing. So much to chose from. Great pasta and excellent sauces. Calamari was perfect. We will come back when we are next in town. Gabriel the owner was great and the service, his wife, was also top notch.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 5 February 2023

Delicous. Great. Nice Mom and Pop establishment. Very rustic decor and great service. Prices are extremely reasonable - great value for money.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 6 January 2023

I have returned a few times and Giovanni's never disappoints. Seating is limited, but that is part of the charm.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

I lived in Italy for 6 years and have travelled the world . The veal parmigiana I had tonight is the best I have ever had. The food was just as fresh and as good as any I have had in Italy. The service and...personal attention of the owner and all employees reminded me of the trattoria’s I went to in Italy. I knew this was the place to go when I saw the line of people waiting outside for it to open when I drove by. I would drive 45 minutes to eat here. It’s really great to find a place that really cares about the food they make.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 August 2022 via mobile

Ohhhhh yummmmm!!! Friendly, Fantastic food, definitely authentic Italian! Great menu, ask for the specials. Reminds me of the best Italian food in Little Italy, NY. Treat yourself

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 30 July 2022 via mobile

We hadn’t been to Giovanni’s in about four years and it was as good as ever. We arrived at 7 on a recent Thursday and the place was full, so we put our name on a waiting list and went to a nearby bar for...a beer. In just under an hour they called saying our table was ready (they had predicted an hour and thus were a bit ahead of schedule). Four of us enjoyed varied dishes. My wife, son-in-law and I shared a Caprese Salad (huge, hard to imagine one person eating it all) and my daughter enjoyed the house salad. Complimentary bruschetta came as well. We had four great entrees: Gnocchi with pesto, chicken cacciatore, veal saltimbocca and a Chilean sea bass special over gnocchi. We asked for wine recommendations and were presented with a good DOC Rossi di Montalcino. The food was plentiful, so we brought a bit of each entree home for lunch the next day. Despite eating late, we didn’t feel stuffed. As always, we loved the family atmosphere, the good cooking and the reasonable prices.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 24 June 2022 via mobile

All the raves are 100% accurate, hubby and I loved every bite. The very sweet owner greeted us as we sat down, told us the specials. It’s a very small restaurant, luckily we arrived early around 5:20 (we didn’t have reservations). It was packed within...20 minutes, this on a Thursday evening. We had the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, Caesar salad, gnocchi with veal and the special truffle ravioli. Almost licked our plates , everything was so delicious. Service was excellent (a bit slow for our entrees) but perfection takes time I guess! Fabulous meal.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 9 June 2022 via mobile

I travel around the entire US and every year I seem to discover a hidden jem.Giovannis is my favorite hidden jem in the last year. Ambiance is great! Service is wonderful! Food was fantastic! The bread, Calamari, Chicken Parmigiana and mushroom ravioli were all unbelievable....Malbec wine paired well with the parmigiana. Great experience I highly recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 8 June 2022

There is no point in repeating all of the rave reviews; they are all true. I can simply say that have not been to an Italian place this good since neighborhood places in New York and San Francisco. Everything about this place is superlative. Just...go!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Stacey M
16 May 2017|
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Response from kooldudedad | Reviewed this property |
They do not. My advice is to arrive at 5 or after 8 unless you want to wait in line. Not a great system but well worth it when you finally get in.
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JOHN M
23 November 2016|
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Response from Tkrena | Reviewed this property |
They do not have a website so you can't see a menu, but they have a very large selection of Italian food, from beef to seafood and a variety of pastas and sauces.
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26 September 2015|
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Response from PJlincanada | Reviewed this property |
Stop in and check out there menu. When we went I wasn't looking for vegan. So sorry. I wish they would publish their menu too. They always have specials.
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GIOVANNI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT, Greenville - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Yes, Giovanni's Italian Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5