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Brothers, Giovanni and Nic Esposito founded a deli-style bistro in Greenpoint that has become an institution for locals as well as a beacon for tourists. Unique, imported food items, champagne and wine are available in the bodega-style café, while the restaurant is famous for rich coffee and delicious food.
Overwhelming rows of fresh bread – of every kind, with enough hams and cheeses to match – enables Giovanni’s diners to build the perfect sandwich. From pumpkin seed bread, to health bread – the challenge continuesonto selecting the perfect spread. Pesto, an assortment of humus, tzatziki and other spreads are stacked next to a variety of fresh vegetables and salads. From shiny green beans cooked in olive oil, to mouth-watering potato salad – vegetarians are well catered for. A wide selection of meat dishes is available, from tikka chicken, to Indian lam curry. Ultimately, a peri-peri chicken schnitzel provides enough spice to compliment the Mediterranean flavours in a pesto sandwich.
Sodas and juices are available in the restaurant, alongside some of the most exquisite coffee in Cape Town. However, those packing picnic baskets to take away are encouraged to purchase a bottle of Prosecco, South African wine, Champagne - or even Limoncello.
For a first time visitor to Giovanni’s. the ordering system can appear to be overwhelming. Friendly deli staff provide guidance with ease and friendliness, while greeting regulars with warmth and familiarity. Baristas are equally skilled and adept.
Giovanni’s is set up like a scene from an old Italian film. The patio is filled with sun-kissed people forking salads into their mouths beside a local flower seller. While inside, the spaza-cum-café set-up harkens the feeling of a European café.
If you would like to pack a picnic filled with your grandmother’s best made salads, taste a few imported delicacy, such as truffles, or find a relaxed place to enjoy a well-made cup of coffee, visit Giovanni’s.
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How many yummy things can you fit into a (not too spacious) deli? This much! Giovanni's is jammed from ceiling to floor with all good things - delicatessen from all over the world, fresh lovely bread, excellent wines, sweets that you only find here, fresh fruit, ready made food to take away... and of course the lovely deli counter from where you can pick whatever you want to eat by the bar. There is salmon, stir fries, noodles, mash, chicken, shrimp, cold cuts, cheese, tapenades. And of course, really good coffee. No wonder some regulars practically live here.