Giovanni's Pizzeria e Ristorante Italiano’s old-school atmosphere, classic Italian dishes and superb pizzas have made it a favorite southwest Ohio dining destination. A fixture in downtown Fairborn since 1953, Giovanni's is a mom-and-pop eatery reminiscent of the restaurants that once flourished in Italian immigrant communities. Strangers sit next to each other at tables strung together in the middle of the dining room, but nobody minds because this homey arrangement only adds to the friendly communal vibe.
The dated decor and unpretentious environs perfectly complement inexpensively priced entrees like spaghetti with homemade Italian sausage ($8.75), eggplant Parmigiana ($9.95) and lasagna ($11.95). Owner Tony Spaziani hails from a line of New York restaurateurs and uses his grandfather's recipe to make Giovanni's authentic Italian bread. Must-orders include the stuffed banana peppers ($4.50); a garlic salad dressing so intens that, it may bring tears to your eyes; and the Campania salad ($6.95), a fantastic warm mix of fresh bread, olives, mozzarella and basil.
Most customers come for the pizza—uncomplicated and utterly delicious thin, cornmeal-dusted crusts, classic tomato sauce and time-tested toppings. At Giovanni's, it's all about the pure, simple goodness of the ingredients. No faddish sauces, no trendy toppings, just great pizza.