— Our Story —
Since first opening its doors in 1983, Giovanni's has endeavored to pride itself by creating first class mouth-watering dishes served up night after night by their expertly knowledgeable wait staff. Nestled in the heartof Ottawa’s little Italy, Giovanni’s has been the go-to Italian restaurant for over three decades. Tradition and authenticity is the heart and soul of Italian cuisine and since it’s inception, Giovanni’s has believed in sharing those traditions with its patrons.
Meet Lisa Cocco Pollastrini, the brains and beauty behind this establishment. She, from humble beginnings in Pescara, a city nestled on the shores of the Adriatic; together with her late husband Giuseppe Pollastrini, hailing from Tuscany, had their dreams realized by melding the flavours of their homeland and creating a labour of love which continues to thrive to this day.
With Lisa at the helm, overseeing everything to perfection, one would expect nothing less than exceptional Italian cuisine. Giovanni's is proud to boast one of the most robust menus in the Nations Capital. Wait staff will guide you on a culinary journey through a selection of delicacies all starting with freshly handpicked ingredients. This exquisite menu pleases any palate with succulent carvings of the finest cuts of meat, fresh seafood, mouth-watering pastas, and heavenly desserts. Wine lovers rejoice at the breadth and versatility of Giovanni's expertly selected wine program which is paramount in rounding off your dining experience.
We invite you to come in and experience the allure, charming ambiance and deliciousness for yourselves!