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Address:7401 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21234

More on Giovanna's.

By Christopher Skokna | Posted 11/28/2007

Good things come from kitchens manned by women with Italian accents. And the food is even better when it's served by smiling ladies nearly overflowing with kindness, even while deep in the weeds on a busy Friday night. That's the case at Giovanna's, a delightfully affordable little place right near the city line on Harford Road-you may have noticed the grapevine arbor out front while speeding by. It's mostly takeout, but eat there and be doted over. The menu encompasses most typical carry-out standards, from fried fish to pizza, but stick with the "homemade Italian dishes," and maybe a few specialty subs and sandwiches. We started our dinner with a crisp tossed salad ($3.99) that was plenty for two. The handmade tortellini ($6.75) were pillowy, plump with cheese, and doused generously with a rich, chunky, slightly spicy tomato sauce. The lasagna ($6.75) wasn't quite as good, but it was still probably the best takeout lasagna we've ever eaten. After finishing things off with a coupla lemony cannoli ($2.70 each) we couldn't move, but we won't hold that against them.

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