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Try some Italian meals off the menu at Cucina di Giovanni.
My wife and I visited today after almost a year ago. We had a somewhat disappointing experience, then.
We were pleasantly surprised! The food, lamb curry and liver, respectively, was more than ample, tasty and well presented. The service and advice were very good too.
The atmosphere is "warm and friendly"- a pleasant venue for "all occasions".
The pizzas that we saw, being served to other patrons, looked so inviting that we decided that we would return and sample them ourselves soon.
My partner and I decided to visit this charming little Italian restaurant last night. The menu looked promising, and judging by the packed restaurant, we assumed that the food must be good as well. I was also very impressed with the winelist, which was quite comprehensive and very reasonably priced. I had the marrow bones with snails and my partner the chicken livers to start. The marrow bones were roasted beautifully, but the cream sauce was over reduced and salty. My partner's chicken livers were bitter, burnt and over-cooked. The waiter however was so charming we chose not to complain. It did take a while for both starters and pizzas to arrive, but as we were in great company, were in no hurry. When the pizzas arrived, although not great, were perfectly tasty, but that I am afraid, is where the fun ended. The obnoxious, inebriated owner, Peter, was stumbling around the restaurant abusing his staff. They kitchen is visible from the restaurant, so we, as paying guests, were able to hear every word of his abusive outbursts. I have been in the industry for 17 years, at top establishments all over the world, and I have never, ever witnessed such ridiculous and unacceptable behavior, especially on behalf of an owner. After 15 minutes of abuse I felt it was necessary to intervene, but, at the insistence of my partner, we rather asked for the bill in an effort to salvage the evening. I will never forget the lost and pained expressions on the faces of his staff. Anyone who share my respect for basic human dignity should give this very average restaurant a wide birth. In this day and age that type of disgusting behavior is totally unacceptable. Peter is in desperate need of some people management and communication skills. I feel that the restaurant lacks most is effective leadership. Peter, you are an embarrassment and ruined what should have been a very special evening indeed. I will never return.