Post Number: 621
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 8:30 am: || |
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)
Post Number: 1958
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 9:23 am: || |
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.
Post Number: 84
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:55 am: || |
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.
Post Number: 452
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:20 pm: || |
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.
Post Number: 805
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:31 pm: || |
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!!!
Post Number: 79
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 12:50 pm: || |
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?
Post Number: 2066
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 2:52 pm: || |
So, where exactly is this place?
Post Number: 4803
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 3:00 pm: || |
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.
Post Number: 24
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 4:47 pm: || |
If I remember correctly, that was a favorite place for Frank Sinatra when he was in town.
Post Number: 45
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 5:30 pm: || |
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?
Post Number: 622
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 6:42 pm: || |
There's a picture of Frank on their site.
Post Number: 11
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:03 pm: || |
Go quick before it catches fire again.
Post Number: 147
|Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2007 - 11:11 pm: || |
for what it's worth, fran truant is the madre-domo in questione.....she is great....a true detroit institution to be sure.....
Post Number: 2085
|Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:56 pm: || |
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:37 pm: || |
Took wifey there for anniversary,must say best filet mignon ever.
Post Number: 1371
|Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:41 pm: || |
Filet mignon is a legendary Italian dish...
I like to order PB&J sandwiches in Chinese restaurants, myself.
Post Number: 1372
|Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2007 - 11:44 pm: || |
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.
Post Number: 3150
|Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 9:09 am: || |
Best, Best Quality....
You must try the calamari...
Post Number: 161
|Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 11:20 am: || |
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.
Post Number: 34
|Posted on Monday, February 26, 2007 - 2:46 pm: || |
Gios! The best! Excellent food and atmosphere. Caio!
Post Number: 247
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:25 am: || |
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.
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 11:54 am: || |
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
Post Number: 31
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:12 pm: || |
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.
Post Number: 666
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 12:16 pm: || |
Since when is $11-14 for pasta pricey?
Post Number: 11336
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 2:19 pm: || |
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!
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:32 pm: || |
Thejesus, I think you were looking at the lunch menu as opposed to the dinner menu
Post Number: 61
|Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 3:48 pm: || |
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.