Exterior

Exterior

I’ve had the opportunity to visit some old favourites over the course of the last few weeks, with trips to BBL and Hula for lunch and the Bon Vivant for dinner, all of which confirmed my previous high opinion of them. To this number we can now add Giovanni’s after tonight’s visit to see their newly refurbished premises.

I was joined by regular guest quester Arianna, who’d joined at Maki & Ramen, most recently. Arianna’s husband Alistair also joined, as we grabbed food to go then ate at their house, nearby.

Fish n chips

Fish n chips

The refurbished place certainly looks fresh and bright following nearly a month closed to make the improvements. There’s more space for Mauro and the team to work and the new fryers looked plenty shiny enough. It looked like time and money well spent.

It was good to see no price rises on the new menus, with their fish supper still costing £6.50. I ordered that while Arianna had a veggie kebab and Alistair opted for a good looking pizza. With items in hand, we retired to commence the munching.

Tasty treats

Tasty treats

My fish was entirely splendid and the chips were impressively good, too, and a little better than when I tried them most recently. The fish remains the star, though – it’s quite the best I’ve had in Edinburgh.

So overall, it was great to see a treasured local business make a triumphant set of enhancements to their premises. The local community are clearly still appreciative of what Giovanno’s has to offer, as many a customer was queued out of the door when we visited and delivery business was relentless. Giovanni’s is one of the finest chip shops in our city. We’d strongly recommend a visit.

Written by BKR