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For over 30 Years Giovanni’s ristorante has been serving its fine Authentic Cuisine to Ottawa. We are proud to reveal, when you come to Giovanni’s you are sure to expect nothing but the finest. From our top service, hospitality, luscious ambience and sensational dishes.

“The feeling of New York City in Little Italy, Ottawa…”

Established in 1983. Lisa Cocco Pollastrini is the brains and the beauty behind our whole project. Lisa, from Pescata and her late husband, Guiseppe Pollastrini, being from Tuscany, their vision was to bring their love for Italy to Ottawa. From back when Lisa used to iron the napkins until four in the morning to have everything just-so for the next days bustling lunch service- until today while she oversees her top team behind her. Her strive for exceptional details always will resonate.

Today she can sit back and watch her passion for excellence on. Her and Peppe had a dream and they made it come to life, together. Starting with our exceptional Italian dishes always with fresh hand picked ingredients, only the finest AAA Cuts of meat and straight from the sea- seafood; Only to mention a few of her imperative requests. To our professional, top servers and beautiful staff, we prefer to call Family. While you soak in your surroundings with our sensual, crystal-lined décor, your every sense will come alive. At Giovanni’s we aim to please, Let us take care of you.

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Vitello alla Fiorentina

Topped with Capicollo Ham, Spinach, Mozzarella Cheese, Cream Sauce

Vitello Parmigiana

Breaded Cutlet Topped with Mozzarella Cheese, Tomato Sauce
Accompanied by Spaghetti Bolognese

Vitello al Marsala

Mushrooms, Marsala Wine Sauce

Vitello alla Capricciosa

Sea Scallops, Baby Shrimp, Tomato, White Wine

Vitello dello Chef

Jumbo Shrimp, Mushrooms, Creamy Cognac Sauce

Vitello alla Genovese

Mushroom Caps, Artichoke Hearts,White Wine, Lemon Sauce


Pollo Belpaese

Breaded Chicken Breast Filled with Spinach & Belpaese Cheese, Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Pollo Principessa

Chicken Breast Topped with Asparagus & Mozzarella Cheese, Creamy White Wine Sauce

Pollo Mediterraneo

Pan Roasted Chicken Supreme, Tomato Broth, Black Olives, Artichokes

Petto D’Anatra

Pan Seared Duck Breast, Smoked Prosciutto, Fig Marmelade, Sweet and Sour Fashion

Filetto di Manzo

8oz. Filét Mignon Barolo Glazed Shallots, Crispy Prosciutto, Cipollini, Mashed Potatoes



Espresso and Liquor Soaked Italian Biscuits, Mascarpone Mousse

Dolce della Casa

Italian Sponge Cake, Liquor, Cream and Chocolate Pastry, Roasted Almonds

Panna Cotta

Chamomile Grappa Infused, Lemon Crisp

Crème Brûlée

Custard Topped with Carmelized Sugar, Vanilla Crumble

Torta al Formaggio

Amaretto Cheese Cake

Bigné al Cioccolato

Cream Filled Round Pastry Shells Rolled in Chocolate Fondûe. Served Cold

Frutti di Bosco

Crisp Tart Shell, Vanilla Custard, Wild Berries


Chef Tomasz Gurzynski, Prides himself on his foundation of Education at Le Cordon Blue Culinary Art Institute in London, England. His most prized accomplishments include but do not conclude- working at World Class Restaurants such as, Café Le Monde, The Dorchester Hotel and Chez Kristoff in London, England.He began a student, now a Master… We are humbled to have him to lead our scouted team in the back of house.


We Cater

We specialise in private dining and event catering, ask us how we can help you with your special occasion.

Wedding Venues

Driving Directions

Coming from the West end: from Queensway take the Rochester St. exit. Turn right (south) onto Rochester and drive straight ahead until you reach Aberdeen St. Turn right (west) on Aberdeen and we are located at the corner of Aberdeen and Preston St.

Coming from the East end: from the Queensway take Bronson St. exit and off the ramp continue straight on Raymond St. until you reach Rochester St. Turn Left (south) on Rochester St. until you reach Aberdeen St. Turn right (west) on Aberdeen and we are located at the corner of Aberdeen and Preston St.


5 Stars??? If I could give 10 stars I would. On a busy Saturday night, we didn't have a reservation, and on a whim decided to try Giovanni's which was on our "to-do" list forever! From the moment we arrived, we were greeted by Karsten (server) who went out of his way to take our coats, find any seats available. The restaurant was packed and very very loud (only negative to this restaurant - music and 1000 voices is very loud).

When we mentioned the noise and that it was our anniversary, Karsten immediately took a special interest in making our night one to remember. He managed to find special table for us in a quiet corner, made excellent recommendations on the food and wine, and timed everything perfectly. We have never had such positive, welcoming service from start to finish - ever. The food is amazing, scallops like butter, and cheesecake like nothing we've ever tasted before. We are so thankful to have had this amazing experience. We will be back!

Shannon Ambrose 
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