My husband and I went to this restaurant on a whim- it was a Saturday afternoon and we had wanted to try something different. All I can say is WOW.
From the fresh baked bread to the decadent deserts (I suggest splitting one because you won't have a lot of room but they are hard to pass up), Don Giovanni's is a place we have frequented many times in the last year.
Yes it is a bit pricey but just about everything is homemade daily. I love the fact that the menus include the Italian names for many of the foods- keep in mind there is an explination below each one so you aren't left guessing.
Need help picking a wine- call the owner. He has helped many times when trying to find a good wine for our dinner- and he does not always recommend the most expensive bottle on the menu either.
It is hard to find truely authentic Italian food- this is definitely not the Olive Garden!
I definitely recommend this place when you are looking for a nice night out away from the chain restaurants and try authentic Italian cuisine.
The food here was very good. However, my major hang up with this place was that the menu was written in Italian. For heaven sake we are in Concord, NH not little Italy. I would hope that the owners finnlay saw the light and got a menu written in ENGLISH. It is also a little bit pricey. Maybe that is why they had a leather bound menu to give an appearance of an upscale resturant to justify the cost. They really don't have to though the food is very good.
Food was superb, tasty and served in timely manner!
Laura, our waitress, very knowledgeable and helpful with food and wine selection.
Small authentic Italian restaurant feel, everyone, including owner, cared about us.
Just decided to google the best kept secret in Concord, NH - Don Giovanni - and I read the negative review from February of 2007. Well, I happened to be there on that unfortunate night and for what it is worth disregard the entire missive. This woman was unbearable from the moment she sat down - her husband was unable to make eye contact with anyone, he was so embarrassed. From refusing to eat a cup of tortellini in brodo - because there were not enough homemade tortellini (a cup at this place is really more like a bowl anywhere else, mind you), to accusing the restaurant of not using fresh produce - ie lemons (by the way, those cute little pieces of paper are called lemon gauze and their purpose is to keep the seeds with the lemon, not on your food) to claiming that the tomato sauce was not Italian style (at which point the owner asked if they had ever eaten in Italy, which is where he is from, and being given a negative answer through up his hands in defeat)
These people, owners and staff, are wonderful, friendly people who take great pride in making and serving you the best food possible. Try it, you will agree...
don giovani has some of the best veal chops i have ever had. its a rather small place, and you can expect to be in there for a while but the food is worth it. though its a little expensive, for the quality of food that you are recieving the price is warrented. will continue to go back more and more.
bread was tooth breaking hard; lemon pieces were wrapped in cute little papers and bone dry.The hostess was upset over request for fresh lemon and was insistent that the lemons were made that afternoon.We were surprised to find ourselves in a developing situation over lemon wedges as the chef came out, also upset.It was a bizarre conversation as he alternately was apologetic, then insulting, and finally ending with "fa Napoli" as he walked away. All this in the dining room. My husband and I are Italian-American. We eat out two,sometimes three times a month. We have never spoken to a chef except to compliment a meal. We have infrequently sent back food. Most often our comments were received with the same politeness that they were given. It was unfortunate our meal was disrupted. Our waitress was wonderful; the ambiance was charming but we won't be back.
I can't say enough about how great Don Giovanni's is. My wife and I stopped in for dinner before a play in Concord and had one of the best meals of our lives. We hated to have to leave to go to the play. Next time we're going to Don Giovanni's and skip the theatre altogether!!