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Rjk
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 8:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Motivated by some of the threads I've seen on this forum, I decided to spend a few hours yesterday exploring the SW Detroit area.

We drove by Giovanni's and I was hoping I could get some reviews from people who have eaten there recently. How does it compare to other Italian restaurants?

Also their site mentions that the area was an Italian neighborhood. Was that area the largest, or one of the largest Italian neighborhoods in Detroit?

Thanks for any help.



(Message edited by rjk on February 18, 2007)
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Kathleen
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 9:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We've only eaten there once, but it was the best meal of my life!!! The food was divine. And the atmosphere and service were terrific. Better than Roma Cafe and Mario's and Lelli's, IMO. Be prepared to spend $$$ for two.
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Homer
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:55 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

THE best,IMHO, from the valet parking, the appetizers (calamari), wine selection, featured items, desserts, service, atmosphere etc. All excellent. The cost makes it a place for special occasions in this household, but well worth it.
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Neilr
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I ate there most recently last month. The place was quite crowded with people who were going to a preview for the Auto Show. The latest redecorating is elegant rather than "family"; after several fires, I guess all the old family photos are long gone. The food and service, as always IMO, were first-rate. It is pricey; but for special occasions, well worth the money.
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Detroitduo
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Giovanni's is by far the BEST Italian (or any type for that matter)food in the Metro area. They seriously know service and food. It is our absolute favorite place to go. Enjoy!!!
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Rugbyman
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Excellent food, almost unparalleled service. I went there a few years ago with my girlfriend at the time for our anniversary and the owner (don't remember her name, but she's the short older Italian lady walking around, hob-nobbing with the patrons) came over to chat. Upon finding out why we were there she sent over tiramisu on the house. She wanted to add some champagne, but we weren't 21 at the time. Where else can you get service like that?
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Royce
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 2:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So, where exactly is this place?
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Jams
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oakwood, not too far from the Fort St. bridge over the Rouge.

It was an Italian community, but not aware of what area in Italy the population was from.
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Jman
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 4:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If I remember correctly, that was a favorite place for Frank Sinatra when he was in town.
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Korridorkid
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 5:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought Frank's favorite place to go was Sibley Gardens on Jefferson north of Kind Rd?

At least that's what they tell me--Hell, he probably went to them all with him being as big he was in his old age. (j/k Frankie!)

The Sib's is nice though but pricey. Could anyone compare Gio's to Sib's?
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Rjk
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 6:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There's a picture of Frank on their site.
http://www.giovannisristorante .com/history.php
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Long_in_the_tooth
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Go quick before it catches fire again.
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Detroitrulez
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Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

for what it's worth, fran truant is the madre-domo in questione.....she is great....a true detroit institution to be sure.....
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Royce
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks, Jams.
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Checkered_past
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Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Took wifey there for anniversary,must say best filet mignon ever.
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Fury13
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Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Filet mignon is a legendary Italian dish...

I like to order PB&J sandwiches in Chinese restaurants, myself.
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Fury13
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Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Rjk, to answer one of your questions, the vast majority of Italian immigrants settled on the eastside (Gratiot and Harper area), but there were "pocket" Italian communities in other parts of Detroit, including that southwest area.
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Zulu_warrior
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Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 9:09 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Best, Best Quality....

You must try the calamari...
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Detroitbill
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Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 11:20 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Giovannis is wonderful, I also really frequent Vinces over the freeway off Springwells. A little more casual, but great food also,,It to has been there forever. Great Picatta (chicken and veal) and a plain fresh mozzarella cheese pizza for a appetizer is the best.
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Pgn421
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Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 2:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gios! The best! Excellent food and atmosphere. Caio!
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Billybbrew
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My favorite SW Detroit restaraunt is Roman Village on Dix near Vernor. I used to go to Vince's until I witnesses a very harried waitress berated (in front of me) for "spending too much time with the customers" when all I ever saw her doing was running her ass off because they appeared to be short staffed. This occured because I was pressed for time and took my own check up to the register to pay. I like the food better at Roman Village and one day I got there about a half hour early without realizing they didn't open until 4 pm on Sundays. They took us in, seated us and the manager waited on us until the server got there just before 4pm. Any other place would say "sorry, come back at 4pm" Good family restaraunt since 1962 and good value.
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Valeenmur
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 11:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have to agree with Billybbrew.
Roman Village has best service/food and value for money.
We go there about once a month.Love the place
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1st_sgt
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Roman Village has the best hamburger pizza anywhere and they do treat you like family!
I eat there every time I get home.

Vince's was the place for our bowling banquets. They had a good chicken dish. Haven't been there in years.
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Thejesus
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Since when is $11-14 for pasta pricey?
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Supersport
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 2:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Roman Village....HA! Was trying to remember who I talked to recently about a place down there. Couldn't remember the name of the place, I could only recall that it was in that little Arab Village down there off Vernor. Thanks Billybbrew!
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Valeenmur
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thejesus, I think you were looking at the lunch menu as opposed to the dinner menu
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Enduro
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Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was gonna say the same, theJesus. Still, the dinner menu isn't insane considering the quality and service you all are talking about. ...and I'm still a relatively poor boy.

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