Old School Italian-Great Value--wish you were in NYC!. Went here recently while on vacation in Jan 2012--ex Miami --grew up there--but have lived in NYC for 30 years--gotta tell you--I was surprised I was never here before-but stick more to N. Dade Miami Beach area--Pompano is sort of out of the way unless you happen to be around there..but if you're in Ft. Laud vicinity..definitely worth the drive--this is old school Italian, done right...Waiters who actually don't write anything down and remember everything. even special requests--had my kid with me, and they couldn't have been nicer..on a Friday night, no less..place was packed--had a reservation waited about 15 minutes--not too bad--everything was great--not leaded garlic rolls but fluffy delicious ones--the salad, was fantastic--simple but wonderful--romaine leaves with shallots vinagrettte and gorgonzola cheese--(this is the house salad that comes w/entree--and it's plentiful)--Snapper Oreganata and Snapper Francese--super fresh, big portion, cooked PERFECTLY!--Shrimp scampi was plentiful and delicious--marianara sauce very good--ziti side garlicky --Veal Parmigiana--fantastic---everything I saw going by especially the pasta specials looked delicious...can't wait to go back there---prices are reasonable---dessert was the only thing that was so so--ricotta cheesecake--average--the best is actually in Surfside at an Italian Spot there...but, all in all the meal was just great--place gets loud..but it's good energy! Wish there was a spot like this in NY, but these kinds of places don't exist anymore..either haute cuisine, or homestyle overpriced pizza joints that serve italian menu--nothing of this calibur---
Great Italian-American food.
Gianni's is what it is. It's not a true "fine dining" establishment, but it's way more than your basic italian/pizzeria or chain. Simply put, it's a nice place with good food.
Let's start with the garlic rolls - they are what great garlic rolls should be! Larger than most, moist on the inside with just enough golden color for a bit of crunch at initial bite, and dripping with garlic and olive-oil goodness. Be careful; more than one of these will leave little room for the sumptuous house salad and tasty main yet to come...but I never manage to eat just one.
The house salad - gorgonzola and romaine never tasted so good. It's all about the house-made dressing. Garlic lovers rejoice, there's some to be found here too, with just enough tang and bite to stand up to the excellent quality gorgonzola that's sprinkled generously. It comes whole-leaf on a plate, but my favorite waiter always chops and mixes it table-side for me when it's not too busy.
And for the main event - I haven't made it through the entire menu yet, but here's a few of my faves: Chicken francese (or grouper, yum!), eggplant rollatini (also an appetizer), osso bucco, rack of lamb (special, I think), and the stuffed chicken breast (forget the name, but full of deliciousness), gnocchi, and piccata. All of these are pretty standard fare for Italian-American cuisine, but they are anything but average. Are they the "absolute best"? That's up to you and your perssonal taste - but in my opinion, they are better than most. Even the side of pasta that's served with your main has a red sauce with flavor. It's basic, don't expect a flavor punch, but it's not sauce from a jar or can either.
The place can get crowded. There's no doubt about that. Season brings down our snowbirds and they flock to this local eatery. It's not a "jacket-required" establishment, but seriously people, just because you're in Florida doesn't mean you can wear shorts everywhere. Dress is casual, but not that casual. Make reservations and be prepared to wait a bit too, possibly. It's not cheap food, but it's not super expensive either. If you don't have $20 per plate to spend, stick to chains or pizzerias (but remember, you get what you pay for).
I'm a Pompano Beach native, and though I am still young (early 30's), I have become a bit of a snowbird myself. I look forward to eating at Gianni's every time I come down - and there's a reason for that. It's just feel-good food.
I have had better. After waiting nearly two years to visit one of the most acclaimed restaurants in South Florida, I was deeply disappointed. Sitting in an over crowded room doesn't lend itself to fine dining. Too noisy. The wine list is very over priced along with many of the mundane dishes. I expected more than just your "meatball and spaghetti" fare. $22.95 for 3 small pieces of veal fransaise is a little much. My guest had two small pieces of osso bucco for $28.00 which is outrageous. My other guests had the lasagna and gnocchi which seemed fair but the sauce was way too spicy for a marinara sauce. The whole menu and atmosphere was your typical "Italian-American" food restaurant which can be bought at many places up and down US1 at a much lesser price. . Authentic and gourmet Italian food it is not. Save your money for a better restaurant like "Sette Bello's"
Fabulous, generously portioned Italian food!. I had the pleasure of dining for the first time at Gianni's in Pompano. We were seated in the 2nd dining room, where the feeling of intimacy was wonderful, as we shared the back room with only one other party. The pasta fagioli soup was hot and delicious, and it was served in a huge bowl, not some small coffee cup! The garlic bread was wonderful... crispy, not soggy... a garlic-lover's delight! The salad that accompanied the entree was also delightful... a balsamic vinegraitte dressing with all sorts of goodies?feta cheese and peppers and onions, oh my! And the eggplant rollatini, which I use to judge ALL Italian restaurants in the area, was first-rate! Delicious marinara sauce... it took a great amount of self-control to not lick the plate clean! My friends ordered the linguini with clam sauce (superb... I took a bite!), and the Monday special (spaghetti and meatballs), also first-rate, and incredibly generous for a lunch! As a transplanted New Yorker, I take my Italian food very seriously, and this place is top notch! Can't wait to go back for dinner!
Italian Cuisine at its Best. Being from New Jersey and New York (also a regular patron), I have always considered this restaurant as my #1 place for Italian cuisine. I am now living in the Metro Atlanta area, and one major thing that I miss is Gianni's restaurant in Northlake. I am very thankful to find where they have relocated, and whenever I'm in that area, I will make it my business to get there for superb dining and service. For anyone that considers themselves as lovers of Italian cuisine, this restaurant is a must. I have always received rapid and courteous service, well prepared food and a feeling of being appreciated. I have never left feeling discontent. I am no expert (this is my first review); but, how much formal training does it take to know good food and service. I highly recommend patronizing this establishment.
Just like home!!!!. Being from North Jersey, I know great Italian food. The food at Gianni's is just as good as the best in NJ!!!!
Do yourself a favor; go to Macaroni Grill instead. Gianni?s attempts to pass as fine dining experience and fails miserably. As a patron of eateries that cater to the upper echelon of the restaurant society, I have dined at numerous like modeled establishments on both coasts. Gianni?s has all the makings of a great dining experience; that is until you are seated. The restaurant itself is poorly setup and tables are arranged so that you are either in your neighbors lap or in a direct path of high traffic. The staff is knowledgeable about the cuisine and the wine list but harbor a visible and appalling disdain for anyone under the age of thirty, not dressed in their best suit or any patron they perceive at a glance to be of a lower social class. The service is slow and on a busy night, don?t even think about getting that water with lemon you asked for in a timely manner. And the food is...nothing special. I?ve had lasagna delivered by my neighborhood pizza place that sports a strikingly similar tasting meat sauce. The house dressing is ho-hum, the desert selection uninspired and the same wine can be found at places like the Macaroni Grill or Olive Garden. If all this wasn?t enough, the last time I dined at Gianni?s a waiter spilled an entire tray of blistering hot pasta all over my fiances head and neck! The complete lack of acknowledgement from the managerial staff to this plight was the last straw. As my fiance sat wiping sauce from her sweater in complete embarrassment with half of the restaurant looking and a patron at another table dashed off to get ice from the kitchen, the staff continued to seat other customers as if nothing at all had occurred. Do yourself a favor, avoid the attitude, aggravation and average cuisine and go to Macaroni Grill instead. The food and service will be better and if you get bored waiting for that water with lemon, at least there you can draw on the tables.
My favorite restaurant. The best Italian food around. It's not chain restaraunt Italian food. Authentic from the dishes down to the servers. Our server spoke Italian! The garlic bread is amazing and the lunch specials include a salad. The prices are reasonable too. Go here you won't regret it.
Do Yourself a Favor and Eat Here. My husband brought me here for my birthday based on a recommendation from a friend. Absolute heaven! The waiter was very knowledgable about the wine list, knew the specials in and out and was very attentive, even though it was jam packed. I've eaten out a lot and this place was worth every penny and calorie. If you are a dessert maven, try the tiramisu. Great coffee as well. I am bringing my mom here for her birthday because I can't wait to go back.
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