The new incarnation of Giovanni pays homage to its past, but with modern updates, an indoor bocce court and a full bar specializing in vermouth and amaro.
After a long, venerable history in downtown Berkeley, Italian restaurant Giovanni will rise from the ashes as Gio's with the help of new investors.
Downtown Berkeley will be getting a new cheese and charcuterie bar, Maker's Common, from the folks behind SF's Mission Cheese. These details and more, in this week's Bites.
Rosamunde has opened in Temescal, shock at imminent closure of Oscar's in Berkeley, and news of Giovanni post-fire
Firefighters had to open up walls and the roof to control a fire that appeared to have started in a chimney or heater flue.
The 51-year-old Giovanni is probably the oldest restaurant on Berkeley's Shattuck Ave., but now the family that founded it is fighting to see it survive.
By Ted Friedman
John Schott doesn’t make a habit of approaching neighborhood eateries for gigs. But the capaciously creative Berkeley guitarist couldn’t resist reaching out to the owners of Giovanni, one of the oldest continually operating restaurants in town, when he stopped by for dinner with his family one night and heard Miles Davis playing on the house sound system. A Berkeley resident since 1988, Schott had eaten at the restaurant before, but that was when it wasn’t owned by the original Schipani family.
Today this space is all about cheese. And crust. And toppings.