— History —


The feeling of New York City in Little Italy, Ottawa

Giovanni’s was established in 1983 by Lisa Cocco Pollastrini, the brains and the beauty behind our whole project. Lisa, born in Pescata, and her late husband, Guiseppe Pollastrini of Tuscany, had a vision to bring their love of Italy to Ottawa. From back when Lisa used to iron napkins until four in the morning to today where she still oversees her top team, Lisa is the heart of Giovanni’s. Her strive for exceptional details is still showcased.

Today she can sit back and watch her passion for excellence carry on. Peppe and Lisa had a dream and they made it come to life, together.

Our exceptional Italian dishes are always made with fresh, handpicked ingredients, only the finest AAA cuts of meat and straight-from-the-sea seafood. Our professional top servers and wonderful staff are famiglia. While you soak in your surroundings with our sensual, crystal-lined décor, your every senses will come alive. At Giovanni’s we aim to please; let us take care of you.