Run, don’t walk to Giovanni’s. At long last, Milwaukee has an Italian restaurant that I consider to be outstanding. Previously Tutto on Old World Third Street, it has been re-vamped into a lovely new space with a wonderful menu. For those of you who have lived in Milwaukee for a while, you may remember the original Giovanni’s. Sadly he retired years ago and the restaurant closed. But, Giovanni is back! And in partnership with his three sons who together have transformed Tutto into a true gem.
The atmosphere is warm, inviting and comfortable, yet upscale and classy at the same time. What added to the mood, the evening I was there, was the live piano music playing in the front. The interior is not particularly spacious, one could argue a bit cramped, but it all adds to the intimate ambiance. The bar is very nice, and large enough to comfortably eat dinner at, which I am grateful for on those random evenings when one does not have a reservation.
Across the board, the food is excellent. The baked mozzarella over a pomodoro sauce melts in your mouth. The veal piccata, quite literally my favorite dish in the world, was superb. My friend had the Italian salad and gave it rave reviews. I will not belabor the menu items; there were 6 of us, everyone had different menu selections and all had the same sentiment…yum! Be sure to check out the picture of the rather large Tiramisu for dessert on eatdrinkmilwaukee’s Facebook page. There was not a speck left.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Giovanni for coming out of retirement! I, for one, look forward to eating here again and again.