Neighborhood Gem: Giovanni's is a pizza, pasta, Sinatra kind of place


Sometimes the essence of a neighborhood gem rises and arcs in the time it takes for an old standard to play: Tidbits of light gossip exchanged on the later side of dinner service dissolve across red-clothed tables. Older couple yields the floor to the Sinatra soundtrack as it comes into focus. Could there be a more beautiful Gershwin tune?

It’s very clear our love is here to stay/ Not for a year, but ever and a day…” 

Softly, a woman’s voice floats atop the melody, a reverie across empty dinner plates. 

The radio and the telephone and the movies that we know/ May just be passing fancies, and in time may go…” 


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Nothing else matters in the moment, not the lady devouring a slice of salami-and-cheese pizza, not the two-for-one Chianti that's served at once, not the strip-plaza realities unfolding outside. These are fleeting, as the tune goes. 

In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble/ They’re only made of clay/ But our love is here to stay.” 

Soon it will be over, the weeknight dinner, the song. Their check will arrive. Their waitress will say the usual, “See ya guys next week!” But that lady working on her second slice of salami/cheese pizza, she’ll remember the song and the sweetness of the moment. 

Make a date to visit Giovanni’s Ristorante: 3900 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-799-7998


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