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Giovanni's - Goleta
No longer in business
Opened: ? Closed: 2008-04

5940 Calle Real, Goleta
Phone: (805) 692-8999

Reviews by the General Public

Good pizza, good salad, good deal, 6/8/2007
Reviewer: Karen from Santa Barbara, CA
I really like Giovanni's. It is the best pizza in Goleta. The salads are good and very generous...I love the Italian dressing! It is yummy! The complete dinners are a great deal....pasta, salad, bread and a drink. They are always friendly there, but it is counter service. The lunch special is good and cheap, too. I'm glad we have Giovanni's in Goleta.

They USED to be the best, 5/23/2007
Reviewer: John from Santa Barbara
I used to eat at Giovanni's on upper state from the late 70's until the early 90's. I don't know if they were sold or changed management but the pizza flavor declined. So my wife and my friends stopped eating there. When Giovanni's Goleta opened I saw that Danny, one of the original operators of the upper state Giovanni's was helping them set up. So we gave them a try. We got a few pizzas that were good, really good in fact. However, the longer the place was open the less flavorful the pizza. We started getting pizzas delivered that were not cooked enough. The cheese on one wasn't even melted all the way. The sauce had become bland or absent as well. So we stopped going again. Recently we ordered from them again. We asked for it well done. The pizza was cooked correctly, had plenty of quality pepperoni and onion on it. However, the pizza part, cheese and sauce, was again bland. So I will just say they are inconsistent. Giovanni's used to always win the Independants best of SB poll on pizza. If they had kept the quality up they may not have lost out to Rustys all those years.

Dissapointed, 4/17/2007
Reviewer: Gail from Goleta, CA
We ordered a pizza and salad for delivery. The pizza was undercooked and didn't have enough sauce. We have ordered from here before and it was fine, so maybe it was just a bad night. The antipasto salad was excellent though.

Excellent Pizza... Friendly Service..., 9/28/2006
Reviewer: JS from Goleta
Was hungry for pizza tonight and decided to finally try Giovanni's. Well the pizza was excellent, on par with my other favorites in the SB area such as Deanos or Paesanos. Very fresh, cooked to perfection and not soggy one bit. The size also seemed larger than most "large" pizzas I get from other places. The service was very friendly and effecient. Glad I tried it and I will be back. Happy to have a place close by that is serving a quality pie!

Definitely the best pizza I ever had, 4/26/2006
Reviewer: Melissa from Newport Ca
I travel from Orange County all the way to Santa Barbara just to get some good ol pizza from the place my parent's faithfully took me to ever since I was little. Giovanni's. We usually order about three different kinds of extra large pizza's.Their service is very welcoming too. Especially I guess since you drive three and half hours just to get a taste of their pizza yeah you're going to be treated very well. Their ingredients, I don't know what it is that keeps me coming back but my parents say that its the ingredients of love. Its probably true because it taste so good.

Good BBQ Pizza, 4/25/2006
Reviewer: Vivian from Santa Barbara, CA
I had never tired BBQ pizza before but now that i have i love it. lol i think its because these people make the bombest pizza. definitely the best DELIVERY pizza so if your hungry and dont feel like driving call them

Great Local Pizza, 11/19/2005
Reviewer: Karsten from Goleta
Great pizza and friendly service. This place is rarely without customers during feeding times. Sometimes the pizza is a bit inconsistent, but that keeps it from tasting like Domino's.

good value, great service, excellent food, 7/28/2005
Reviewer: k. penn from Goleta, CA
Held a department luncheon for 50 people which pleased everyone and that is hard to do! Great Goleta location. The restaurant was clean and spacious. The Manager and staff were helpful, efficient and friendly. The pizzas and garden salad were excellent and service was perfect. Highly recommended by all.

Good for group events!, 7/28/2005
Reviewer: elle from goleta, ca
We were there the other night for birthday celebrations. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was just right. And the owners are very cool!

Family Fun, 7/27/2005
Reviewer: Tara Gilmore from Santa Barbara
The newest Giovanni's location in Goleta is a great surprise when you walk in. It is big, warm looking and child friendly. A good family stop. The pizza and sandwiches are great. Portions are substantial, staff are friendly and the music is just what you want while eating your dinner.

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