I recently added Giovanni’s to my weekly lunch repertoire. The thing is, it’s so good, I go more than every 7 days, so it’s more like my 3-4 day lunch repertoire.
Giovanni’s is kind of a dive when it comes down to it. It’s in a nondescript strip mall and the only decorations consist of some posters on the wall. The servers are pleasant and efficient, and keep the soda refills coming.
But the important thing is the pizza. We always get the $4.25 pizza by the slice, which is plenty enough by itself for lunch. The slice we get is the Giovanni’s Rustica, which consists of chicken breast, basil, tomatoes, and plenty of garlic. Chicken doesn’t always work on pizza, but it definitely works here. The flavors all work really well together.
When my dad was in town this past weekend, he told me he didn’t want to go to some “yuppie pizza place this time” (his slam on Amici’s), so I took him here. Against my advice (to which he responded, “I’m not getting a pizza with chicken on it!”) he ordered a pepperoni slice and found it greasy and average. Similarly, on my very first visit I walked away unimpressed after trying a plain cheese pizza. Their antipasto salad is decent – it’s pretty much what you’d expect at a pizza dive.
There’s something magical about the Rustica though. It’s so, so good. Trust me and skip the rest of the menu and go just for this.
1127 N Lawrence Expy
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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