H & S Giovanni's is one of those multiple pizza joints in Hoboken that are worth knowing: cheap and good. Like others, they serve a large menu from pizza to pasta to sandwiches. I would say that the restaurant has two main areas: the one facing the counter for the curious and the dining room (they have two areas with a nicer set in fact), that is a bit more comfortable.
Thankfully, they serve pizza by the slice, so, contrary to Grimaldi's few blocks away, you can just pick few slices (although I should mention that Grimaldi's proposes personal size pizza). But the comparison with Grimaldi's will stop there as the pizza is not as good and the setting is much more casual at H&S Giovanni's, but still worth to try.
We decided to go with three slices that were of a good size, especially the plain one, that was, as you would expect for a NY pizza...greasy.
I liked it and the generous amount of cheese was no stranger to it. I found it as good as Benny Tudino's.
The next slice was the white, that had a nice amount of ricotta and fortunately no garlic overpowering the whole slice. I definitely recommend that one.
Last was the baked ziti slice.
You wonder how somebody could have thought about such pizza combining it with pasta! I liked it, although it was a bit dry.
Of course, with my meal, I got my favorite drink with pizza: root beer. Note: if you are not from this country, know that root beer is not a beer...
This was a decent lunch and nothing less than what I expected. Does H&S Giovanni's stand out from the other pizza parlors in Hoboken? No, but still, it has good pizza and I heard their Sicilian is fantastic. Would I go back? Maybe, but this time to try their calzone or sandwiches.
Enjoy (I did)!
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