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Posted by Mimi on 09/02/2013
This is my favorite no thrills Italian restaurant in the East village. The food is fantastic, the service is very attentive, and the specials are delicious. I never had a disappointing meal. I highly recommend it
Posted by anonymous on 03/13/2012
I went to this restaurant this past week and i cannot wait to go back. food was excellent, service was friendly, restaurant had nice atmosphere, and again, the food was fantastic! This is a must.
Posted by Kate on 05/01/2011
Had an absolutely superb and romantic dinner date. The decor is lovely and perfect for a date. I had the salmon dish was was delicious and my date had the most amazing pasta dish in a rich and creamy sauce that was to die for. Also my date and I split the special appetizer which was this sort of cheesy ice cream in an artichoke sitting atop of some yummy cow stomach (doesn't sound great, but I wanted to lick the plate clean). I'd definitely come back.
Posted by GGG on 04/20/2011
Artichoke salad was disappointing - how to you mess up salad?! I ordered the lasagna - again another safe option - tasted like it was frozen lasagna from the grocery, so mushy, no taste and totally burnt on the top and bottom...actually I probably could've bought lasagna from the frozen section of the grocery store that tasted better. My bf ordered the lamb chops, which were also bland and just plain unappetizing. The waiter did not pour the wine at the table, nor did they ask me if I wanted another glass of wine when I finished. Last time I ever eat at Giano. FAIL.
Posted by CC on 03/28/2011
This restaurant reached way beyond my already high expectations. The food was over the moon with creativity and so delicious and the service was courteous, familial and pleasant. It was definitely one of the best NYC dining experiences so far, and I cannot wait to go back again for seconds!
Posted by Deb G. on 03/22/2011
The service was gracious and impeccable. My friend and I both loved our meals. I ordered a salad with artichokes, very different and tasty. For my main dish I ordered the salmon, I was not disappointed. Too full for dessert, maybe next time.
Posted by Shalon on 11/21/2010
Went here on a double date at 7:30pm on Saturday night and they were out of lasagna. That's fine, restaurants run out of items (although weird since it was so early and the waitress, Julia didn't tell us until all four of us ordered it!) At any other restaurant the staff would be apologetic at least if not offer gratis dessert for the inconvenience. They weren't apologetic! Julia lectured us that in Italy, lasagna isn't even a dish worth ordering and that this was just saving us from a poor decision anyway. Well, if you don't want to serve lasagna...don't put it on the menu! When we were trying to sort out what to eat and asked about substitutions. They made a fuss about not making the gnocchi without mushrooms or making the gnocchi with tomato or another sauce. Finally we got the attention of the manager and he wasn't apologetic or helpful. He proceeded to shout at us for being upset and said they have no other sauces and called me a liar for saying I had seen it on the menu online. Either way it's ridiculous that the gnocchi couldn't be made in another sauce since what we ordered wasn't available and the entire menu isn't obvious made in Gorgonzola sauce. However, the sauce wasn't even the issue, it was that they weren't accommodating or even remotely nice about what they could and couldn't do. What was maddening was the attitude of the staff. To get back at me, the manager canceled my reservation on Opentable after we left so I wouldn't get my Opentable points. Which was pointless, because I flagged this issue to Opentable and will get my points anyway. Stay away from this restaurant if you want to have a nice evening and remotely acceptable service.