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Giovanni's Famous Pizza

Does Giovanni himself really make the pizza? I wonder these things ever since I realized Ol' Papa Gino does not.

Hot subs, cold subs, calzones, pizza (of course), appetizers, salads, all of the standard fare. I do love a place where you can order a single meatball. Ever try doing that? I can't say much about the sandwiches, as I have never ordered one from the restaurant. But, the pizza is good.

Biggest surprise? They offer a porchetta dinner. What do they think this is, the Natick Elks Lodge around the corner?

About Giovanni's Famous Pizza

In a scene out of rural New England, Giovanni's is built into a residential house. You find this less and less these days. I don't much about the history here, the pizza shop just appeared one day.

Unlike a lot of pizza shops and restaurants that observe the one day off tradition, Giovanni's takes two (Monday and Tuesday). Good for them.

If you're looking for sit down italian, head up Speen toward the mall for Ziti's.

What to order: Pizza

It's famous, right? Giovanni's makes a good pie. In my experience, they don't skimp on veggies, especially green peppers. You can go red sauce or white sauce with your za. You can get pepperoni, or you can get fancy and order the Margarita.

Should you find the need to break from the traditional pizza that Giovanni's serves up, sweet-sauce Liberty's is two minutes down Speen Street. On the surface, it seems like the competition would hurt each other, but the change in the base sauce flavor profile makes it night and day.

Final thoughts on Giovanni's Famous Pizza

Should you find yourself leaving Roche Brothers just after 11am with hunger pangs and an urge for takeout, because who likes to cook, jump across the street and give Giovanni's a chance.

Unless you grabbed a foil pan of honey stung drummies. Then stick with those, you already won the day.

Giovanni's Famous Pizza
160 West Central Street
Natick, MA 01760
Agostino's Italian Restaurant on Washington Street in Natick Center

Agostino's Italian Restaurant

A great place to get served some toasted ravioli and a plate of parmagiana. Agostino's has a good separation of church and state, with a formal dining room below, and a cozy bar above.