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Giovannis – Berkeley CA


Description:  This is a really great Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Berkeley.  The downtown area is the traditional Berkeley, not the 60′s radical Berkeley (see Telegraph Avenue for the 60′s theme park atmosphere).  There is a fireplace in the middle of the dining room and a cozy great bar.  All of the tables have a bowl of parmesan cheese waiting.   The focaccia bread is phenomenal.

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What to Get:  Be sure to get a cup of the minestrone soup to dip your bread in.  Also, the fusilli prawns is great.

Secrets:  Parking can be tough to get on Shattuck.  If so, try some of the side street, for example, a block to the West.  Virtually everything is metered or reserved parking.

2040 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704,

Phone:  510-843-6678

website: http://giovanniberkeley.com/

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