Tuesday, November 04, 2014

[REVIEW] Giovanni Italia Pizza in Mactan : A Taste of Naples Italy

There are a lot of good pizza places in Cebu, but I prefer to have my cravings satisfied when the price is just as good. You get the gist. These ubiquitous pizza places are admittedly cheap but not as authentic as I sometimes prefer. With my latest discovery, you can get authentic Italian pizza that your wallet is going to like.

Mexican pizza and Seafood pasta at Giovanni Italian pizza in Basak Lapu Lapu City Cebu


Authentic Italian by Giovanni of Napoli


Giovanni Italia Pizza in JNL Complex, Agus Road, Lapu-Lapu City is owned by Giovanni Dragone. He used to operate an Italian restaurant in Spain for 15 years, but he is originally from Naples, Italy. Naples is known for having the best pizza in the world. It's also known as the home of the original pizza.

According to pizza expert, Boncompagni Ludovisi in Italy Chronicles, 4 pizzerias out of 5 Best Pizza Restaurant in Italy are from Naples.


Giovanni making pizza dough in his Italian pizza restaurant in Basak Lapu Lapu

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

Giovanni's Italia Pizza provides a different dining experience, especially to locals like me. His presence in the restaurant added to the ambiance of the place. His prices are very competitive, which comes as a surprise considering his food will always pass as authentic though he sourced some of his ingredients locally.

Giovanni makes all his pizza and pasta despite juggling some of his time chatting and getting to know his customers. He has a lot of foreign patrons and his local customers are growing by a day. He eventually has to get someone who could help him prepare his sauces and make pizza and someone who could do the things he does.

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu


I love herbs in food and I didn't want to miss the chance of knowing how he works with herbs and spices. Giovanni sources his cheeses from Australia while he used ripe local tomatoes. According to him, local tomatoes are good enough as long as they are in the correct ripeness. He also added that local basil doesn't work well with pasta. He has a problem with the overly lemony taste of local basil. He had his friend bring him Italian basil that he is now cultivating for his supply for the pizzeria.

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu


Andiamo a Mangiare! (Let's eat!)


Getting the authentic Italian experience may have already sold you out to check out Giovanni Italia Pizza, but wait until you see the price!

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

His pizzas are excellent even for the price of just 249 pesos! It's a 9-inch medium-sized pizza with rich toppings, sauce and unbelievably yummy dough. A 249 price for pizza is a steal!

When you taste his food, you can tell from the ingredients alone, especially the cheese, that you're getting more than what you paid for.

Giovanni's red sauce is quite distinct. It plays around from strong to subtle taste of garlic.

I've probably tasted the best olives in Giovanni's. It's the softest juiciest black olives. I can taste its pleasant almost lemony brine. 

Although Giovanni did mention that his family farm olives in Naples, I wasn't able to ask if his supply came from there. He did mention that he could get good quality olives there as some will just be thrown out anyway.


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Napoli Anchovies, Capers, Black Olives (3rd dine)

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

Mexico Ground Beef Bell Peppers, Onion, Sweetcorn, Jalapenos (2nd dine)

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

I love pasta so much that there were certain occasions in the past when I had been eating pasta the entire week. (Check out: Earthy Garlic Pasta with Banana Heart and Corn Bits Recipe)

I was jumping off from Spaghetti Factory, Old Spaghetti House, Roma Mia to Pizza Hut. Those pastas I've had from these restaurants were over P149 but Giovanni's gave me twice as much portion for the same amount.

You may think you've already saved a lot with those prices I've mentioned until you have their combo meal. It only costs 299 pesos for a pizza, pasta and 2 glasses of iced tea and good for 2-3 people. You save around P150 pesos!

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

Here's Penne Arrabbiata (tomato, garlic, bell peppers, onion, pepperoni, and hot chilli)

affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu

Our Ham and Mushroom and Napoli Pizza with the pastas

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Buon appetito!


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For this third dining occasion, I was with my Punko Panda friends and Misty the White Shihpoo. We ordered 2 combos so that makes 2 pizzas, 2 pasta and 4 glasses of iced tea.

Giovanni's Italia Pizza also serves beer and has al fresco dining. If you want an affordable place to treat your friends, I suggest that you check out Giovanni's Italia Pizza.

Foodies unite!

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Location of Giovanni Italia Pizza


affordable authentic italian pizza restaurant in Mactan Cebu


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