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I had the pleasure of tending bar at Giovannis for just a little over 15 years, retiring last January . We had some fun in that lounge, and working both lunch and dinner shifts I got to know many many wonderful customers , several of whom became good friends. Between great food and great wine and drinks it was a fabulous bar to tend to, but my coworkers and the management, specifically Pierluigi Gregori, our wonderful maiitre de , sommelier, tableside chef, carver of Dover sole and steak for two, tri pasta appetizers ....zabaglione , bananas foster, cherries jubilee , or crepes ...a man who dedicated much of his life (and continues to do so) to making each and ever customers dining experience at Giovannis as fabulous as possible. Pierluigi is also the lead server, the banker, the orderer,the scheduler, the wine expert, he just wears so many hats and has been a faithful and dedicated part of the equation for Carl from the beginning of it all. So a big debt of gratitude from me to Pierluigi , and also a huge thanks to Carl for providing us all with a wonderful venue to be able to put smiles on the faces of so many of the wonderful customers of Giovannis over all of these years !! Salute Carl, bravo !
How could you not even mention pierluigi? What a shame.
God Bless Carl and family!!!!!!! All my love, Stephanie Nero
What a great place! GREAT BEER also you can "Byos" (bring you own snacks).
Located on Lakeshore Blvd. - easy drive from East- West- South . Coming from the North? Best drive is a boat!
Shabu-Shabu isn't centuries old, it's actually from the the 20th century. I need to check this place out one of these days!
We've been there a few times already. I highly recommend for a change of pace atmosphere with the same patronage, environment, beer and cheer that Ohio city is known for. So good! Prost!
Thank you Doug Trattner for the very complementary article. We are very proud of our Ohio City neighborhood. Thanks to everyone for your patronage.
Jeremy, Astoria Foods is set to open next week. They are located at W. 54th and Detroit. It will be a combination grocery store/cafe/bar.
Great addition to the Neighborhood. Can't wait.
Can hardly wait!
Very excited for this to open.
Any connection to the Astoria neighborhood in New York?
This is great news for all of us in the near west side!
On behalf of the XYZ, we welcome ASTORIA to the neighborhood and
wish them much success!
Just another example of why the Division of Liquor Control needs to be totally abolished and freedom of markets restored to the People.
Cafe Avalaun on the east side now this on the west. A Cavs championship an American League championship-- 2016 has been quite a year !!!!
I agree with Doug's assessment but would like to add a comment about the bartending staff. In 3 experiences at the bar (I live in the neighborhood), I have not had one positive experience with a bartender. In one particular instance, one wanted tried to start an argument with me and then lectured me on "proper dining etiquette". His reaction was SO inappropriate for me asking to verify that I had received the correct draft beer, that I actually thought to myself "woah, something's really wrong with this guy. Maybe his dog died today or something". Anyhow, on my way out I mentioned something to the GM and she was apologetic but not sincere.
Good luck to you, 811. But I don't have high hopes for your success.
I hate the phrase "look no further." Like I'm supposed to find this place and suddenly Griffin Cider House, one of the best cider producers in the state, doesn't exist?
I've been in control states (Michigan, SC, Washington, etc) and none is as Draconian as Ohio; no one else, restricts 1 free samples and/or giveaway 2.diluted liquor 3 minimum pricing 4 controlled access (wouldn't greater quantity equal more tax revenue?) 5 double taxing local breweries/distilleries 6 restricting importing wine from other states. In Cali, I could buy hard liquor at Rite Aid 7 days a week from opening hour on. Even conservative Missouri is more liberal than Ohio.
Another example of why Ohio has the reputation of being a backward, provincial, low-class, unsophisticated wasteland filled with hicks and yokels. As long as its state bureaucracy clings to medieval policies, the rest of the country will continue to think of Ohio that way. Somewhere, the shade of H.L. Mencken is laughing himself silly at the uncultured Buckeye booboisie.
March 22-28, 2017
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