|For a $1 supplement, I chose Potato-Encrusted Filet of Sole for my entree at Giovanni's Restaurant, where a three-course Early Dinner is $14.95 (cash) or $18.95, if you pay with a credit card.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
We grabbed a bottle of red wine and drove to Giovanni's in Elmwood Park for three courses of tasty Italian-American food for under $15 each.
The Early Dinner, served daily between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., offers a choice of eight appetizers; nearly two dozen chicken, veal, fish, shrimp or pasta entrees; and coffee or tea and dessert.
Entrees are served with pasta or vegetable and potato. You also get a small salad or tomato and onion.
On Saturday afternoon, I gladly paid a $1 supplement for Potato-Encrusted Filet of Sole instead of the fish of the day, Tilapia.
A small plate of delicious cooked sweet green peppers in balsamic vinegar comes with the warm, crusty bread the restaurant serves.
I was pleasantly full and just had black coffee. My wife chose tea with her dessert, carrot cake.
At Giovanni's, my wife chose Jumbo Shrimp Marinara over Linguine for her entree.
|We both had a Caesar Salad.|
My wife's appetizer was Mozzarella and Tomato. Mine was about a half-dozen Mussels in a soupy Garlic Sauce.
I love the restaurant's sweet green peppers marinated in balsamic vinegar.
|You can bring your own wine.|
Two crisp $20 bills were all we needed to pay for a satisfying dinner for two, including tax and tip.
Over the weekend, Giovanni's changed its name to Al Dente Italian Restaurant, according to its website: "Originally Giovanni's. Same owners, same great food, only the name has changed."
|The outside of the strip mall is being renovated.|