Reviews of Giovanni's Italian Restaurant (Catering)

1178 Woodruff Rd #4, Greenville, SC 29607 Located in: Woodruff Gallery

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REVIEWS OF Giovanni's Italian Restaurant IN South Carolina

Taylor Mosteller

Best Italian in greenville. Wonderful food, and a very nice and helpful hands-on owner. Go there immediately!

Steven Banghart

Pictures don't do the food justice. The best Italian restaurant anywhere.

Tim Raysby

Birthday dinner couldnt have been more epic

Joseph Frazier

Great atmosphere, even better food. The staff is really friendly, but be ready to listen their accents are thick. I had the Gnocchi with Veal it was delicious. The meat was tender and the Gnocchi was perfect. Will definitely have to come here again.

Angelia Kirk

I absolutely love this restaurant. It is true authentic Italian. You will not be disappointed. Last night I had the best spaghetti and homemade meatballs I have ever had. Wait staff is friendly and very accommodating. My water glass was always full. Arrive early and prepare for a wonderful experience.

Jennifer Harris

We LOVE Italian food and have tried every place in Greenville looking for a good, authentic Italian meal. When we ate at Giovanni's for the first time we had to look no further! The owner makes all of his own sauces and they are amazing!! My husband says the Shrimp & Scallops with the creamy tomato gorgonzola is the best entree he's ever eaten. I LOVE the hot ziti and order it at least every other time we visit. They have a great wine selection and complementary bread and brushcetta. It's a very small restaurant and the owner waits on all the tables. The atmosphere is great and the service is always friendly and the price is SO reasonable for the amount and quality of the food. You need to check them out, you won't be disappointed!!

Tim Rogers

Authentic Italian food. My wife's family is Italian and she is very picky about Italian restaurants. She loved this restaurant.

Lisa Groves

Had a fabulous meal last night at Giovanni's! We were a party of 6 and had to wait an hour, but it was absolutely worth the wait! You know when people are lined up outside, there's a good reason. Thank you for a wonderful evening, Giovanni! We will be back!

Will Kaiser

Great staff, great food, show up a couple of times and the owner gets to really know you and remembers you everytime you come. Always happy to come.

Peter Heggie

This is hands down the best, authentic Italian restaurant in the Greenville area. In fact we have never had better Italian food. We never eat Italian anywhere else. We love it.

James Hodge

Been here many times and have never been disappointed. The food is great and the service is excellent. I recommend to any who love Italian.

Jessica Keeney

Best authentic Itailian restaurant in Greenville. Very romantic.

John T

I am a Greenville native and no stranger to the restaurants here. In my opinion Giovanni's is the best Italian restaurant here. A delightful cozy neighborhood restaurant serving excellent dishes. Very romantic ambiance. Family operated by a charming, caring, compassionate Italian family who want to please and care about their customers.

Matthew Vining

Came in while in town on business thanks to the reviews. I had the veal marsala with pasta on the side and my business associate had the chicken and shrimp Alfredo. The service was friendly and the food was very good. I would definitely return!!

Judy Henderson

Great Italian food, like being in Italy

Rusty Reaves

Great food.The waitress we had was not very personable and i had to keep getting her attention to bring more drinks and remove our dishes from the table.Overall i really enjoyed the meal.A little pricey,but will be back.

Sara Roberts

I thought the food was alright at best and my bill was really high for what it was. I know to expect that when eating out but honestly after reading all the other reviews I had much higher expectations for this particular establishment. I …

Sara Fosse

Best Italian food hands down!

Rob Poppell

Don’t let the seedy strip mall facade fool you, Giovanni’s is a true gem. The family-owned Italian restaurant offers great food, incredible service and a romantic candle-lit atmosphere. I was initially worried to see that they only offer wine by the bottle, but they provide plenty of budget-friendly options. All the pasta is house made and you can tell that lots of care is put into each dish.

Kate Anderson

AMAZING! This is a foodie kind of place, it is located in a strip mall off Woodruff but so quaint and romantic inside. The food was wonderful. I would recommend their Tiramisu for dessert!

Anton Aarnink

This restaurant is amazing. They made my birthday a joyous event.

Virginia Ann Catalano

Tasty and fresh. I recommend it.

Brian Walling

The food is very good, but not unforgettable. The small restaurant atmosphere and wait staff are outstanding.

George Whitley

Sauces are great

Andrew Kurdelski

Food was amazing. I had the calamari and mussel linguini. Excellent flavor, perfect doneness. The best Italian I've ever had hands down. Decor was nice. Some nice paintings on the wall. Wine everywhere which was really cool. Service again, was amazing. Never was my water glass empty. Also was given some bruschetta on the house which I'm not sure is the norm but it was a pleasant surprise. This place was awesome. When we pulled up we were all a little skeptical because the outside looks a little divey but it turned out to be one of the best Italian places any of us had ever eaten at. Service was great as well and it was nice to have a change to talk to the people that work there who were super Italian. A must try for sure.

Ross Pineda

(Translated by Google) Excellent place (Original) Excelente lugar

Jeff Harris

Great little Italian restaurant, small seating area but the food is worth the wait. My girlfriend ate here one night with work meeting and said I needed to try it. The owner takes your orders, food takes a little time so don’t come here if you’re in a rush. The food is worth waiting a little bit, talk, have a glass of wine or a beer. She had the chicken fettuccine Alfredo and I had the chicken cacciatore. I want to come back and try a few more things on the menu.

Laura N

AMAZING! Best Italian food we have ever had and wonderful service! They work as a team and are able to ensure everything comes out perfect due to the small size of the restaurant. This will be our go to Italian place!

Hulene Rivers

Long wait but so worth it

Michael Coutts

Love this place! Food and service are always top notch!

G Tada

Very good Italian Dishes. Their Bruschetta is great.

Curtis Peek

This place lives up to what I have heard about it. The restaurant is very small with about 10 tables. When we arrived the doors were had not been opened yet. We had to wait no more than 5 minutes. We walked in and that is when we realized that you seat yourself and we got the last table. We were greeted and water was poured for us. I am thinking it was the owner, an older gentleman came around and got our order and I got the Hunters chicken. Ohhhh my that was the right decision for me. The flavors of the sauce and vegetables and chicken married well together. I have to say this is far better than the other Italian restaurants in the area. My new favorite place to eat.

latika turner

Small intimate restaurant with excellent food. Only down I have was the drink selection only unsweet tea,coke,sprite.

Justin C Jones

This is real Italian food and you can definitely taste the difference. Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken is amazing. The chicken is thick and cooked to perfect. I love this place!!!

Hannah Hoffman

Authentic and delicious! You can't go wrong with selecting from the handmade sauces. Pumpkin Sauce is a family favorite, but it's only in season certain times of the year. Bruschetta and Tiramisu are must order!!

Stephen Harrold

Gem of a restaurant! Great home cooked Italian food. Get away from the chains, try this out! One of my favourite restaurants globally.

Shana Fox

Loved this place. First time visiting and we will be back. Authentic food and great service.

Keith Hodges

Just amazing food! Excellent service!

Mariel Lopez

THE BEST chicken Marsala and chicken Parmesan in all of Greenville definitely, in South Carolina probably and in these United States possibly.

Michael Knapp

The food and staff managed to outshined my hateful mother!

Ashley Finley

The food was excellent. We did have to wait a while since we had a larger party, but it was so worth it good service Excellent food, my husband and I will return asap!!! Best Italian I have had!

Teresa Sibilia

My favorite place it is unbelievable

Adam Connor

Great service and excellent italian food at an affordable price

John Spinda

Since we've moved from the rust belt to the south, It's been a struggle to find solid Italian food, if not a total failure. This place is the real deal. The wait was long - definitely not a "in a hurry" place - but relaxing and perfect for a nice romantic dinner (we did anniversary). I got the veal, which is always risky because lesser places make it a piece of rubber. But mine was divine, maybe best ever. Excellent service and experience.

Megan Vessalo

Thought I was going for a nice Italian dinner out with my husband, but I was mistaken. Things were going pretty well until our waiter decided it was his place to try to publicly shame me by lecturing me on how I'm hurting my unborn child since I ordered a coca-cola. It doesn't take a genius to know that soda isn't the healthiest thing in the world, but being a doctor myself I can also say that his medical reasoning was not correct. I think I'll stick with my doctor's recommendations on my allowed caffeine and sugar intake and won't be returning to Giovanni's for any more unsolicited advice or food for that matter. Interestingly, after the lecture he asked if I would care for any coffee or dessert.

Kelly Heitkamp

Great food, friendly service at a decent price. It was a nice find while traveling.

Dean Culley

Great Italian food for a reasonable price

Elizabeth Rhine

Best Italian food in town. The owner loves wine. He will ask your price-point and fix you up with the best value to complement your order. I usually overeat here because my taste buds want to keep going long after I am full. Reservations are not taken so expect to wait at least 20 minutes. But feel free to make conversation while waiting. You will likely be seated before you can get anywhere else on Woodruff Road!

Brennan Stonerock


Michael Lone

Best authentic Italian restaurant in town!

Lucy Crouch

It's not authentic; they were all Spanish and speaking it the whole time. The food was awful. Go to Portofino's or Travinia's!!!

Michael DeSantis

This is a special place. If you looking for excellent Italian dinner in a cozy romantic atmosphere you need to come here ! The owner or his sons will seat you, take your order and serve you. Giovanni will check on you to make sure your having the best experience possible. Huge wine list anywhere from $20 - $100 a bottle. I can’t say enough about this place you have to experience it for yourself. It opens at 5:00 I would suggest get theee no later then 5:30 unless you don’t mind waiting 30-40 min. There are only 10-12 tables here but it unsure top quality and service. Keep it up Giovanni’s !

Nathan Stanaway

The BEST authentic family owned Italian place I've found in the upstate.

Ken Alston

Went here for Valentine’s Day last night , and although the place is small , it’s nice. The food was AMAZING- I ordered the linguine with mussels and calamari in the red sauce. The pasta was perfection and the bread was so yummy in the sauce. Their accents are VERY thick also , so be prepared lol

Dianne Heggie

Always excellent! Great family service! Our absolute favorite restaurant!

Felix Mallul

The best of the best

James Dye

Great food and service!

M Lytle

Great food, intimate setting, fantastic wine list!

willing king

Best Italian in Greenville!

Amy Craddock

This place is amazing! Top quality service; in my opinion, the best in Greenville. The food is authentic and delicious! I eat here Everytime I come back to Greenville

Jessica Jordan

We had a very unfortunate experience, tonight. We visited this restaurant for my husband's birthday, along with our 4 month old, who was sleeping in his carrier. When we arrived, there were multiple tables open, but the owner (who is VERY rude) told us he did not have a table for us because babies are a liability. We even offered to take him in with a stroller and park it next to our table (WHILE HE SLEPT) and the owner still refused to allow us to dine. This place doesn't even deserve one star- I am completely baffled at our experience! I would not recommend this place to anyone and will make sure this review makes it to every social media outlet.

Amy Knapp

Please don't go to this restaurant. It is hard enough to get a table! The food is amazing! The service is wonderful!

Lisa Doan

Real authentic Italian food. Small cozy place for dinner.

veronica cadavid

Amazing food!! Staff is absolutely pleasant, attentive, and friendly. Loved the coziness, excellent quality food, and reasonable prices.

Brooke Griffin

Near ate anything that wasn’t delicious. Our new favorite dinner spot when we want to treat ourselves!

TJ Hubbard

They don't take names you have to wait in line it's a very small and the servers are rude.

Zachary Kennedy

First stop last night for Valentine's date night. A truly authentic, family owned and operated gem! You can find Gabriel (the owner) shaking hands AND taking orders. We got the Hot Ziti with Italian sausage and the Meat Lasagna both of which were AMAZING! We cant wait to go back!

Travelling First

This was our first time. Special dishes are expensive. We got meat ravioli and mozzarella cheese pasta which was average taste. The coffee cup they gave was a very small size. Portion size of the coffee is like one or two zips. Total was …

Terry Lynch

Great restaurant! Small intimate atmosphere. Wide selection on menu. Feels like your in Manhattan on the east side except no bar. Food is delicious. Service excellent.

Larry Cossio

Chicken picatta for us tonight with a bottle of 2016 purple angel! Delicious

Richard Anderson

Amazing! Best food ever!

Mark Williams

Best Italian in the upstate.

Mary Campbell

We go here all the time. Feels like family except the food is better

Jasmine Coleman

I wanted authentic Italian & I got it. The place itself is very small, but intimate. The food was to die for & the owner was very nice. Would definitely recommend going simple with the spaghetti & meatballs.

Jim Tindal


SC Bowhunter

My wife and I tried Giovannis for the 1st time on Valentine's Day 2017 mainly because of the reviews. Let me say we were not disappointed! She had the pasta with red clam sauce, I had the Veal Picatta.....All very delicious. A romantic setting for soft conversation and a wonderful dinner. We frequent Giovannis now every 2 weeks...One of our favorites! Try it, you won't be dissatisfied!

Brad Adams

Great food and service.

Scott Benson

Great restaurant. The owner (Giovanni) makes the sauces every day fresh. The specials are different every day. He even will give you excellent wine reviews.

Eileen Morris-Duke

The food and service is excellent

Jamie Maddox

We just happened to go there, wow!!!!! We really found a gem. Fabulous food,service and atmosphere. We will be returning to share with our friends and family.

Steve Edwards

Should be 6 stars!! Family owned #local. Great food , Great Family. Only open 4 hrs a day. Worth the wait.

Moe Karbassian

Excellent food and service

Chloe E

A little on the pricy side, but very much worth it for the quality food being received. There are a lot of classic Italian menu options and the bar has unique wine I cant find anywhere else.

Richard A

Outstanding food, Giovanni's very friendly personally, excellent wines, and comfortable atmosphere.

Lilly Power

Nice atmosphere and good food but A little pricey

Cesar Molina

The place was nice, food was actually really good. The service is not top quality, but it is good. It is a very small restaurant which makes it easy to listen to conversations around you.

jesenia Franco

I love this place the food the wine

Integrated Housing Solutions

The best Italian restaurants are always the small ones in little strip centers. This is no different. Very good food and attentive service. Nice wine selection of wines that every other restaurant doesn't carry.

J. Brian Smith

First time there and it was AMAZING! I can not imagine anyone NOT giving it 5 stars, but some people just can not be pleased. Great Food, Wine, Atmosphere ans Service.

chris shaft

Went here alone on business trip and could tell owner was annoyed . Food is good and made to order. Long wait to get main dish, waiter pretty inattentive more interested in there larger wine drinking parties. Place is very cramped and small. Waited 10 min for my check and finally asked for it.. can't say I'll be back.

Lee Ann Carter

Wish I could leave 5 stars but while the food is phenomenal it would be awesome if they would let you know when they will be closed. Drive over on Saturday 7/1 right at 5PM and they never opened. One guy drove up, called the number, no answer, mailbox wasn't accepting messages and there was no outgoing message letting customers know about the change in hours. I realize they always close around the 4th but just figured it would be the weekend AFTER the 4th...not the one leading up to the 4th. Had two other cars pull up with people who had never been there before and a couple more regulars who like us were surprised there was no phone message or note on the door. Love the food, but hate having to guess if and when they will be open, especially on a Saturday night.

Nick Dobmeier

Went here for my wife's birthday. Was hands down, best Italian food we have had out.

Adam Schiraldi

True local Italian food. Intimate setting.

Kevin Williams

Best italien food easy of Europe, period! Get there early and enjoy. Lobster ravioli will change your world.

Brian DiMarco

Pretty good italian food for Greenville.

Fabio Vivas

Best italian food in greenville

Amber Gaspard

Giovanni's is, hands down, the best Italian restaurant in Greenville! The space is intimate, the staff is friendly and welcoming, and the food just can't be beat!

Linda Green

This place is has nice ambiance and the dish I had brought back fond memories of Little Italy in NY. The Veal Marsala was exquisitely prepared and the grade of meat was delectable. The sauce on the pasta is homemade and so good it can be a …

In- SC

Just a fantastic dinner, a small place and a short wait but its worth it. If you like wine several excellent selections. All food made to order so a little extra wait for a fantastic meal. Cozy quite atmosphere.

Eileen Zelmanow

Waited for our food for 45 minutes and finally decided to leave. Watched people who came in after us being served. No wait person or owner came to talk to us until we got up to leave.Can't comment on the food but the service is horrendous. Won't go back and won't recommend.

Herbie Pickell

Lobster with pumpkin sauce. Oh my gosh

A Walton

The chicken marsala is devine. You can tell that it is freshly made there. I would highly recommend it! The tiramisu not so much. It is not made in house and isn't authentic Italian.

Elizabeth Greenville SC

Giovanni's is our favorite place in Greenville. The food is wonderful! It is a small place with a nice atmosphere - great for special ccasions or just a casual evening out. The owner is very hands on and will make sire you have a fabulous meal. The menu has a nice range of options, but be sure to listen to the specials too!

Ryan Beck

By far the best Italian food in the upstate.

joe lehner

Best Place in Town!

Tina Cross

Sea Bass was perfect. Had it with creamy red.

Larry Mathews

I cannot go to Greenville without stopping at this restaurant. Authentic Italian cuisine and owned by an Italian gentleman. You will not be disappointed in this restaurant.

Mike Griffin

Great food. Its a small place so you may have to wait a bit but its worth it.

Derek Pedersen

A great place to eat with a great atmosphere. Very cozy! One of our favorites for date nights!

nick nonno

True authentic Italian food at it's finest

Nick K

Amazing food and service every time I am here!

Danielle Oberski

Amazing food and amazing service. Really is a more intimate setting so not good for large parties. Also, since it is small it fills up quick and you can be left waiting for a seat for a while and there is nowhere for you to sit and wait so you have to stand in a small hallway at the entrance. But the food is totally worth the wait.

Wendy Wallace

Great italian food. Small restsurant. Get there early. Little pricey but well worth it. Family owned and run.

Paula Permiceo

My husband & I moved here from NY 6 months ago & since the first time we walked into Giovanni's - the owner Gabriel & his Son, Sebastian made us feel welcome & have been so friendly to us! We dine here at least once a week & the food is home-made & delicious! Better than any food we ever ate in NY!

Seth Stewart

Best italian food in greenville. Great service and atmosphere. Small tables and seating area. Giovanni does it all.

Nicholas Bohn

Chewy, odd prep for Calamari. Veal Parm was really salty. Friend had the lasagna and said "this isn't lasagna." Not terrible, but certainly not deserving of the rating it had when we decided to come. Also, be warned this place is small. There's a total of 30 seats tops.

Steve Anderson

Best Italian food in Greenville. Only 13 tables, and no reservations, so you may have to wait. But it is worth it!

Shane Savee

This place is never open!!!!

Terry Thompson

This is by far the best Italian food I’ve had! Made by a local Italian family, this food gives you that home cooked fill. It’s basically like being invited to an Italians home and served dinner. It’s a small/cozy sized restaurant. Perfect for dates and special occasions. Don’t be afraid to take friends and family to this place for an amazing meal in Greenville!

Scott Vittitow

The best Italian restaurant. Everything I've tried has been excellent. It is a must try.

Jeremy Gann

First come first serve . Great wines , wonderful food. Cozy restaurant ,with excellent service.

Kat Mills

It isn't always easy to get a table, but its worth the wait. The food is wonderful, authentic Italian. One of my favorite restaurants.

Paul Hammer

First time visit tonight. Perfect service, wonderful freshly prepared food, will be back soon !!!

Ghaffari Umrani

Always great and worth the wait . . .

Stephen Mitchell

Fabulous food. Very small, but special.

Lee Wiles

Excellent Italian food, small but well worth the wait. Family run and the owner let's you know the specials. A refreshing experience.

Kirtus Warner

Definitely the best Italian I've had in the Greenville area. Avoid the chains and treat yourself to something a little bit more authentic.

Bill Leverette

Great food!

Cedric Cunningham

Great restaurant with a great atmosphere.

Meredith Curtis

Excellent southern Italian food with an extensive wine selection. The owner is very knowledgeable about the wine and the pasta tastes fresh. The restaurant is located in a strip mall and is small, and the decor is just okay, but once you taste the food you will forget about all of that. I highly recommend trying Giovanni's. You will not be disappointed.

Michael Jones

Excellent food, but the owner is not especially friendly. Practically jerked the menu from me after I gave my order.

Tony Morrell

Best and most authentic Italian in town!

Sharon Baker Hewitt

Excellent food as always

Jason Black

Amazing. As close to my grandma-ma's cooking and that's not easy to come close to.

Doug Brown

We came looking for a great, authentic Italian place and they knocked it out of the park. Outstanding.

Darius R

The food was excellent, as was the service. I ordered the lasagna and my wife ordered the crab ravioli with creamy sauce. We both loved our food. I really enjoy Italian food and have eaten in many places across the globe, this place is authentic and genuinely excellent. Must have if you enjoy Italian.

Adam Jennings

Poor attitude! Unacceptable first impression!

Darrell Miller

I am changing my recent review because I was finally able to enjoy Giovanni's. A few months ago I tried to order carryout and I was rejected because it was a super busy night which I can definitely understand, I still feel like some accommodations should've been made. Anyway, I sat down at the restaurant tonight and the food was amazing and the service was great! I will definitely be back to dine here again.

Mr. Review

Authentic Italian food. Best in Greenville.

Kevin Mahoney

The food was amazing; atmosphere was great; and they quickly accommodated our party of 7. It is a MUST vist restaurant.

William Griswold

Absolutely, one of the finest Italian restaurant's in the country.

S. M.

Excellent food

Steve & Angie Anderson

Best Italian food in Greenville!


Wow. This place is amazing. Excellent Italian cuisine! I wish I had found it sooner. Will definitely be my go to place for a nice dinner.

Savannah Dean

Love love love

Kurt Waldthausen

Food was excellent, service and ambiance was exactly what a family owned Italian restaurant should be. Certainly many classic Italian flavors, but all expertly done with the addition of sophisticated specials!

Kayla Talbert

Amazing atmosphere and delicious food. We will definitely be back!

Ann Manning

My favorite go to restaurant when I want to go out. The staff is terrific and the food is absolutely wonderful.

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