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Lunch at Giovanni’s

mikeb | Jun 8, 2002 12:53 AM

I’ve been following this board for a couple of months now and it seems that nothing turns up the heat more than taking pizza. Me, I like all kinds of pizza—thin crust, stuffed pizza, and California-style pizza. I still relish the stuffed pizza that I had at Giordanos when I last visited Chicago. And that was over six months ago! I frequent Arizmendi in San Francisco and on more than one occasion I have enjoyed finishing off one of their pizzas in my oven, before gorging. Today, though, I want to talk those who are always looking to find a good thin crust pizza. To you I say, Giovanni’s Pizzeria of Sunnyvale.

Giovanni’s is on Lawrence Expressway just a block north of 101. It’s a pretty non descript place located in a strip mall on the west side of the street. The inside décor consists of plain tables and chairs with the walls adorned with pictures and maps of Sicily and Italy. The take-out order area and kitchen are at the back. If you need it, grab a menu when you walk in and find a seat. As soon as you hit the seat, one of the many waiters arrives to ask you what you’d like to drink. When they return with the drink they then take your order.

The menu consists of different pizzas with familiar options and toppings. There is also a selection of sandwiches—meatball, chicken parmigiano etc. I haven’t had a sandwich yet so I can’t comment on them. The usual suspects of soft drinks, beer, wine and water are available as well. Although it doesn’t say it on the menu, you can order slices of pizza. I only visit during weekday lunchtime, but will hazard a guess and say that it works the same on weekends and at dinner.

Today I had a couple of slices of their pizza rustica and a San Pellegrino for just under ten bucks before tax and tip. Giovanni’s rustica has three toppings: small cubes of chicken, fresh basil and sliced tomato. The basil was indeed fresh. The tomato was not soggy at all and still retained a slight crunch, while the chicken was flavourful. The cheese was tasty yet not greasy. And the crust? Well, the crust was nice and thin. With a few pepperflakes and garlic powder from the shakers on top, my pizza was ready to eat. And eat it I did. Let me tell you that the pizza was good, very good. Size wise, two slices was just right. I left happily full but not bursting at the seams.

I should add that during the lunch hour they slip you the bill as soon as you are near the end of your meal, and they get your change back to you very quickly once you pay up. This makes it a great place to go if you are in a rush. They do not, however, chase you out if you want to sit with a few friends and take your time.

Here’s the info:

Giovanni’s Pizzeria
1127 Lawrence Expressway, Sunnyvale
(408) 734-4221

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