Sandy Mitchell, About Cleveland

Giovanni’s, in the ground level of an office building at Chagrin and Richmond Roads, offers an excellent dining experience, whether it’s for a special occasion, a business dinner, or a weeknight treat. The extensive norther Italian menu starts with selections such as paper-thin carpaccio or seafood, including clams, escargot, and oysters.

Pasta courses include the traditional capellini d’Angelo, topped with fresh plum tomatoes (ripe even in the dead of winter), garlic, and capers. Entrees include several veal and beef dishes, Dover sole, and fresh daily fish selections. There’s even a Chateaubriand for two.Desserts are luscious and rich. The tiramisu is one of the best I’ve ever had.

The award-winning wine list contains over 500 selections and is one of the best in the city, if not the country. After dinner, there’s a tempting cart of cordials, brandies, Grappa, and Armagnacs. Be careful; some of the selections can run over $50 per glass.

Giovanni’s is a charming, relaxed, and elegant eatery. In a world of fast-paced, interchangeable restaurants, Giovanni’s offers an unforgettable and delicious meal each time you visit.