Giovanni’s short and simple menu doesn’t beat around the bush, so deciding on a plate won’t take you more than a minute. The focus is where it should be—on the three shrimp plates (Shrimp Scampi, “No Refunds” Hot & Spicy Shrimp and Lemon Butter Shrimp), plus the Jumbo Garlic Hot Dog plate! All deliciousness, all the time.
“We’re a family owned and operated business, and every member of the family contributes to Giovanni’s overall success,” says Mary Nitsche, senior manager, who joined the Giovanni’s family approximately nine years ago. “Even our 2 year old is known to hand out drinks and change to our guests!”
Focusing on the Three C’s—customer service, consistency and cleanliness—is important, and so is placing emphasis on family. “Working for Giovanni’s means you’re part of our ‘Ohana,” says Nitsche. “We love hanging out with the kids after school and getting to know our staff’s families.”
It’s no surprise that the most popular dish by far is the Shrimp Scampi made with a dozen shrimp (all plates come with a dozen!), chopped garlic and lemon butter, served with two scoops rice, and tastiest of all—drizzled with garlic lemon butter and carmelized chunks of garlic! Half plates are also available with six shrimp and one scoop of rice. “Our guests love that it’s loaded with garlicky goodness!” says Nitsche.
And what is Nitsche’s favorite item? “Garlic Hot Dog served with scampi rice. The jumbo all-beef dog coated in our world-famous garlic marinade and served with two scoops rice covered in garlic is sooo ono! I love shrimp, but our hot dog is amazing!
“My favorite part of serving customers is hearing their stories about us,” she adds. “Whether it’s their first visit and they stopped because someone recommended Giovanni’s, or a repeat customer who comes every time they’re in the islands…I love hearing how much they enjoyed their meal. Life seems to center around food, and knowing our guests are making memories at Giovanni’s warms my heart. It’s the aloha spirit at work.”
Kahuku – 10:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Kakaako – 11:00 AM – 6:30 PM
2nd Floor above HMart