Last night we took our chances at a couple of favorite bars but they were too crowded, and we walked up on a cold and windy night to 83rd Street where Giovanni's once again provided a pleasant evening.
Two glasses of champagne to celebrate my companion's ongoing recovery from pneumonia, and the quite a decent meal.
Her salad was very fresh with a nice combination of cheese to top it off; my squid salad was not quite as good -- fresh greens, but tough squid and a bit too much sauce.
Her branzino was beautifully cooked, not over-cooked, and my osso bucco was meltingly done -- a bit too fatty but perfectly cooked and on a very nice rice base.
Her tiramisu was almost perfect but my zabaglione was a mess -- very good fruit but the sauce had no flavor.
Service a bit uneven because of a later arriving crowd around 8:30 on a Saturday night -- what can you expect during the holiday season.
Cleanliness in the men's room was excellent, and the staff was very pleasant and clearly the crowd was primarily Upper East Side denizens.