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Giovanni Venti Cinque Restaurant
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Ranked #2,822 of 14,311 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 80
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
Reviewed 11 December 2016

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.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Our last experience here wasn't as good as last year -- service was still attentive and the decor and cleanliness were both excellent.

The food, not so much, varying from too much sauce and spice with the fish dish and too little taste for the veal. The food trumps other advantages of the restaurant: close to the Met, a "hushed" atmosphere that makes conversation pleasant, a good Italian wine list, a propensity for Tuscan cuisine.

We both suggest trying the place for lunch, rather than dinner -- we agree with other reviewers on that point.

We will search further for a favorite Italian restaurant.

At the moment Per Lei at Second Avenue and 71st Street is a contender as is Nicola at 83rd and Third Avenue. More research is needed. :)

Thank robcurtross
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Had luncheon there today with friends. It was simply wonderful. Perfect cooking, excellent service. A real treat.

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is the quintessential "neighborhood restaurant" with a style and panache that is surprising. Ate dinner here with friends. It's small inside, very intimate spaces, but welcoming because of the great staff, who made us feel very good from the moment we walked in. We enjoyed a tasty bottle of Chianti, and thoroughly ransacked the menu for all kinds of delicious things: caprese salad, beet salad, calamari. I was so busy devouring my fettuccine Bolognese I didn't pay much attention to my dining guests and what they were eating, but the general consensus was: everything was very good. Cheesecake and espresso for dessert finished things off. We'll be back, as this was a thoroughly delightful and enjoyable dinner!

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

Great food! we started with the Asparagi Gratinati and had as the main course a tagliolini pasta with clam. Both were great. The service was perfect. Love the ambiance and the location.

Thank GinaMco
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