I want to say a few kind words about a little pizza joint down the street. No, it’s not quaint little Lola’s. It’s not one of the master chains, like Papa John ‘s or Pizza Hut. It’s Giovanni’s on Spring St. We have been ordering the Tuesday carry-out special more Tuesdays than not since Veggie Offspring #2 was born almost five years ago. At the risk of jinxing myself, I will say that they have NEVER gotten our order wrong, though we occasionally mix it up by ordering half of this and half of that on our one-topping large pizza for 6.99.
Never gotten it wrong. I mean, in the “good old days” of good customer service, this would have been nothing to write home about. But, in today’s real world of employees who don’t give two hoots, there is something to be said for that crew.
I take a stupid pleasure, too, in the fact that they know which pizza is mine when I rush in the door on my way home from work. And when they ring me up, they say, “see you next week!” It’s like CHEERS or something in there! “Bum, da da da da di di! Bum, da da da da di di! I wanna go where people know…..” OK, OK. Anyway, I love it.
Giovanni’s crust is middle-of-the-road. Not too pan and not too thin-and-crispy. It’s just about right. The sauce has a nice flavor, it too is middle-of-the-road. I love tangy sauce and Dan likes it a little sweeter, but we can agree on Giovanni’s. The toppings are not gourmet, but they get the job done. Of course, at the Vegetian household, we usually rotate thru green peppers, banana peppers, mushrooms, and black olives, so my scope is limited here.
Another favorite is the breadsticks. The sticks have an italian spice which can be very spicy and yummy. Dan will occasionally get a sandwich, so I’ll let him weigh in on that. And, now and again, we’ve picked up a salad. I would only do this in desperate situations because they don’t scream FRESH AND DELICIOUS the way one made from home can be.
I have to say that my most favorite pizza is Graziano’s (from the Charleston Town Center Mall) and always has been, but for this great price and such friendly service, you can’t beat Giovanni’s on a Tuesday night!
4 carrots for Vegetarian friendliness in menu items