With Halloween approaching, many people are stopping at the costume shops in Fairborn. But The Big Ragu suggests you make another stop, Giovanni’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant. Located at 215 W. Main Street, this place has been a Fairborn icon for decades. Since 1953, this local favorite has been serving up pizzas and pasta dishes that will make your mouth water. Originally owned by Giovanni DiPasquale, the restaurant was purchased by Tony Spaziani in 1994. Soon after the menu and dining rooms were expanded and they even started a full in-house bakery. This bakery allows for fresh bread, pasta and dough to be made on premises. It also allows for homemade desserts that are nothing short of amazing. Many things at Giovanni’s are made from scratch, the way they ought to be, to guarantee fresh tasting food.
The restaurant is always bustling and the servers are friendly and caring. In fact, our waiter was the pastry chef, who waits tables on Sunday to stay in tune with customer feedback while making some extra dough .. pun intended.
During our Food Adventures, we have tried the sandwiches and the pastas. We especially liked the Chicken Parmesan and the Gnocchi. You can really tell the sandwich bread and pasta is made on site, the taste is amazing and homemade. The same can be said about their homemade cheesecakes, cannoli, and tiramisu, all produced at the in-house bakery.
However, all the locals know that the main attraction at Giovanni’s is their pizza. A semi-thin crust pizza with a unique tasting sauce makes each pie simply scrumptious. The fresh, delicious toppings offered are plentiful on each pizza. They even have anchovies for the true Italian style Food Adventurer in you. Of course, all the dough for the pizzas are made on site, which is noticed on each bite into the crunchy crust. The prices are reasonable and the product is good. They even offer 7 inch personal pizzas with up to 3 toppings for less than 6 bucks during lunch time.
The food speaks for itself so check out the photos and click on them to get a larger, tastier view. Visit this mom and pop restaurant in Fairborn, and find out for yourself what the legend is all about.