Giovanni’s has been a long-time favorite of the dine-around bunch. Not only is it conveniently located for all concerned, but the cuisine is a real treat for both palate and wallet, and you can’t do better than that in my book. Our server Erica escorted the five of us to our table in the cozy rear dining area, and saw to our drink orders while we mulled over our dinner choices for the evening.
Of late the Carnivore had been under the weather. Though on the mend, my friend decided his tummy should take it easy with one of Giovanni’s small eggplant sub sandwiches ($6.99). I’d had a substantial lunch earlier in the day, and picked the grilled vegetable salad with chicken ($8.99) as my meal. The Retiree, the Dieter and my dining partner decided to order so that everyone at the table could have a taste. Their choices were one of Giovanni’s chicken Stromboli specials ($8.99), a Philly cheese steak sandwich with “The Works” ($8.99) and a 10-inch size vegetarian pizza ($9.99).
As all of Giovanni’s creations are made to order from locally-sourced ingredients, it took about 15 minutes for Erica to deliver our orders to our table. My grilled vegetable salad was everything I expected it to be, with grilled onions and mushrooms sharing a bed of crisp torn romaine lettuce leaves and sliced onions with a deliciously marinated and grilled chicken breast, some of the house Greek salad dressing tossed lightly to add extra character. I shared what I had with my dining partner, the Retiree and Dieter, who all agreed my salad was quite delectable.
Meanwhile the Carnivore was feeling better with every bite of his grilled eggplant parmigiana sub sandwich, a deceptively simple creation indeed. Take some fresh Italian bread, then add fried eggplant slices and the house marinara sauce, top with melted mozzarella sauce and bake until golden brown. What could be easier or more delicious?
The three female members of the dine-around bunch were busy dividing up their orders onto five tasting plates, one for each of us including the Carnivore and me. Our tasting portions were surprisingly substantial.
The chicken stromboli section on my plate was packed with grilled chicken, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and melted mozzarella cheese, with a side dish of marinara sauce to hand for dipping, and all of it yummy.
The Philly cheese steak sandwich lived up to its moniker, “The Works,” being lean grilled beefsteak, onions, mushrooms green peppers, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato and melted provolone cheese. The smear of mayonnaise on the surface of one section of my sandwich’s bread seemed an afterthought, so I scraped it off and missed nothing with its absence.
Then there was our vegetarian pizza, a 10-inch diameter pie made from Giovanni’s own dough recipe, with black olives, pepperoncini, green peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms, tomato and feta cheese scattered liberally across the house pizza sauce and baked until bubbly. In a word, excellent.
Incidentally, Giovanni’s has a very comprehensive lunch menu that takes some of his best sellers and crafts them for folks who may or may not have to deal with the “lunch hour” concept on a daily basis.
The kids’ menu contains just five entries but there’s spaghetti with marinara sauce and fettucini Alfredo in there with the cheeseburger and chicken tenders offerings, each just $4.99 including a drink.
We had a delightful supper at Giovanni’s in Boone’s Creek. Oh, and my sharp-eyed dining partner picked up a copy of the takeout menu. It has some coupons attached that are designed to make your next outing at Giovanni’s even more enjoyable.
Giovanni’s Fine Cuisine & Café
4704 North Roan Street
Johnson City (Boones Creek)
Mon-Thu 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
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Credit cards accepted