Giovanni’s Caffe Italiano
522 Polasky Ave.
Clovis, CA 93612
There are lots of great Italian restaurants in the Fresno area. Many of the larger Italian restaurant chains, including Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill, have restaurants in Fresno. But, if you are looking for the best Italian food in the Fresno area, look no further than Giovanni’s Caffe Italiano in Old Town Clovis.
Giovanni’s is a small, local restaurant nestled in historic Old Town Clovis. Giovanni’s offers inside seating as well as outside seating on their patio. If you go to Giovanni’s and the weather is right, I recommend sitting outside under the 150 year old Magnolia tree. The patio has heaters, so even if it is chilly out you can enjoy dining alfresco. The service has been great every time I have been to Giovanni’s, and the small restaurant feel makes for an enjoyable, relaxing environment. Giovanni’s is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
The quality of food is the most important aspect of any restaurant and at Giovanni’s the food is amazing. Giovanni’s lunch menu features delicious pasta, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Prices for lunch range from $6.00-$12.00, very reasonable especially considering the quality of food you will be receiving. My personal favorite is the meatball sandwich with a choice of green salad, french fries, macaroni salad, or potato salad.
There are some outstanding options on the dinner menu at Giovanni’s. Prices for dinner range from $10.00-$30.00, with most of the entrees between $12.00-$15.00. Giovanni’s offers some seasonal entree’s on their menu and have recently added pizzas made in their brick oven. My favorite dinner entree is the Italian classic, Lasagna Bolognese. The lasagna is a huge portion with meat sauce, covered in melted cheese, with a slight taste of cinnamon. For a lighter dinner choice I recommend the Insalata del Formaggio blu e Bisteca (Steak and Blue Cheese Salad).
Giovanni’s Caffe Italiano has great food, great service, and a unique environment. If you live in or around Fresno you definitely need to check out Giovanni’s Caffe for lunch or dinner. Come in, relax, and enjoy a great meal at a reasonable price. For more information check out Giovanni’s website.