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Giovanni's Trattoria

Nick | May 15, 200302:48 PM

I know it's been plugged here before, but I had a really nice meal there a couple of days ago. Since the place was empty, I thought I'd add my two cents. Giovanni's is tucked into a mini-mall on the corner of Venice and Clarington, a couple of blocks east of Motor. It doesn't look like anything special, but the menu is interesting, unpretentious, and pretty cheap. All the ingredients were fresh and the service was good. Ordered three specials: lamb chops on a bed of greens with a sour cherry vinaigrette (excellent, though slightly overdone meat for my taste); homey sliced pork loin with roasted peppers and pine nuts, served with perfectly roasted spuds and veggies in a light broth; and a solid seafood risotto. Very tasty bruschetta to start. None of the specials cost more than $15, and most of the regular menu items were around $10, if I remember correctly. $3 corkage fee. Nice atmosphere. Far better experience overall than I've had at much more pricey (and pompous) Westside Italian joints. You can get the address and menu on-line by searching google.

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