Giovanni Italian Restaurant & Pizza Pompano Beach, FL

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Giovanni Italian Restaurant & Pizza Pompano Beach, FL

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After doing some shopping at Brandsmart USA, my wife mentioned to me that we should go try the Pizza Rodizio place we passed several times on Federal Highway in Pompano Beach, FL. Since my wife usually dislikes eating pizza with me, as that is what I eat quite often, I seized the opportunity to go eat some pizza with her.

We headed south on Federal Highway from SW 10th Street in Deerfield Beach looking for the Pizza Rodizio place which was located on the west side of the road. When we got down to the area I noticed there was no more Pizza Rodizio and instead was a new place called Giovanni Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. Initially we were going to pull away but we noticed a $4.99 2 slice lunch special and decided to give it a try.


Once inside Giovanni Pizza we wondered if we should stay. There was only one other table filled and the place had some cheesy table settings and just didn't have an overall positive charge to it. We were quickly seated and a female server came over to take our order. After questioning if we should get the regular slice special or an entire Sicilian pie, she explained to me that she preferred the regular slices but that most people swear by their Sicilian. So Sicilian it was. While waiting I ordered some garlic bread which never showed at the table.


By the time I asked for the garlic bread again they informed me that they forgot to make it and asked if I still wanted it. At this point I didn't want it since the pizza was coming out. A classier joint with better customer service would have just brought it out anyways to apologize for the error, but all she said was sorry and walked away.


So after watching them take what appeared to be some frozen crust shell out and make the pizza, it finally arrived. Immediately I noticed how cheap they were on the cheese. You can see in the photo above, prior to ripping the first slice off, that there was a very sparing amount of cheese applied. Once I ripped the first slice off for my wife, half of the cheese came off which left even less.  When I got my slice to my plate and put the pizza slice in perspective I couldn't help but notice how much crust there was and once again how little cheese.

I took my first bite and could taste a rather bland and cheap tasting cheese, so maybe it was for the best they applied so little. The sauce was fresh but a little lumpy and quite salty. The crust, although it appeared frozen, wasn't that bad and was probably my favorite part of the pie. For over $15.00 I have had far better pizza.

The oddest part of the experience is when they asked me if I wanted to take the leftover slices from the pie home. As you can tell, I didn't love what I just ate and I couldn't possibly see myself reheating it when home, so I answered politely with a no thank you. What happened next shocked me. The staff ate my remaining slices in plain view. I found this utterly disgusting for some reason. They didn't know if I spit on it, or if I was sick and used my fork nearby????

Anyways, Giovanni Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Pompano Beach, FL gets 3 out of 8 slices for their Sicilian pie. I think I will go back and try their regular slices since the table that eventually came in to sit behind us ordered some slices and they didn't look half bad. For $4.99 with a soda it probably isn't a bad deal.

Giovanni Pizza just opened this family run restaurant, and I truly hate that I had to write something sort of negative about them. I would love to see them succeed and last for dozens of years, but they are going to have to step up their game and use this review as motivation to offer better pizza at least in my personal opinion. If you guys need any help at all please email me and I will gladly give you my advice free of charge. Let's make this review a positive for you.

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6 Responses to “Giovanni Italian Restaurant & Pizza Pompano Beach, FL”

  • Omustgo wrote:
    20 Jan 2014 at 8:35 pm

    My God. I can’t believe you even gave them 3 slices! That is ,Ripoff car -dealer row! ,With King Toyota,and Pompano Honda right there. Not A very appetizing part of town. I cannot believe they had the nerve to ask you if you wanted to take your remaining slices that you paid for home!!!Then they ate them????? They must be quacko-crack-heads or something! Just based on this review,and the pics,I am giving them 1 slice out of 8 .That is really gross. What if you had TB ,or influenza,or worse!!!! Yech!!

  • Craig (lapp) wrote:
    20 Jan 2014 at 8:36 pm

    I was so surprised to see this.


  • the lawnmower man wrote:
    24 Jan 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I want their for lunch today in a very nice wayI said this pizza isneed some workI did compliment on the crustit really wasn’t that good eitherthere was no one in the restaurantwell very few peopleI really hope they make itbut no matter how cheap it isit’s still not very goodI heard from arguing in the back but no one came out talk to me.its really sads

  • Omar D. Plumey wrote:
    26 Jan 2014 at 7:48 am

    Simply wow.

  • Beth Winters wrote:
    29 Jan 2014 at 5:55 am

    Would you look at the cheese, I’d love to taste this pizza too. I don’t know what to say after that. Does anybody been to Torino’s Pizza Oviedo FL? I found this link on the internet yesterday and tried it, so far, the best Oviedo pizza I ever tasted. Haven’t really dined in to their place though. but the delivery was fast. I wonder how you’ll going t rate their pizzas too.

  • andre wrote:
    13 Jan 2015 at 12:36 pm

    my name is andre owner for giovanni italian restaurant and you need to study a little bit about cuisine. you just say my pizza dough was frozen but i wake up every day at 5:00 am 7 days a week to make fresh pizza dough. the sicilian pie needs to be pre cooked to stop the rising process. you said my cheese tasted cheap. i use imported cheese BACIO Im italian. i grew up eating cheese you don’t have to tell me about chees and i have all the receipts for the imported cheese. i dont use low quality cheese. the sauce you tasted, the recipe is from Italy. BECAUSE IM ITALIAN!!! if u looking for a 5 stars restaurant u got the wrong place,this is a 3stars ITALIAN FAMILY RESTAURANT!!!