Dear Giovanni


“Dear Giovanni wouldn’t eat a bird.”

“He wouldn’t eat a bird?”

“No, haven’t you heard?

Lovely Giovanni wouldn’t eat a bird,

Because he loves them dearly.”


“Dear Giovanni wouldn’t cook a bird.

He wouldn’t cook a bird

In his restaurant, take my word!

Kind-hearted Giovanni, beloved restauranteur,

Wouldn’t cook a bird, no sir!”


“Giovanni has a motto,

I don’t know if you’ve heard it,

He says ‘Don’t hurt friends,

Or friends of friends,

Because none of them deserve it.'”


I had fun painting this cityscape and the name for the restaurant, Giovanni’s, just popped into my head.  Then, because I wanted to make a post in keeping with this week’s theme – birds – I wrote a quirky poem to go with it.  Then I thought – wouldn’t it be great if there really was a vegan restaurant called Giovanni’s?  So I googled and, guess what – there is!  What are the chances???

Giovanni's Pizza Grill, Rock City Rd and Tinker St Woodstock, NY 12498 United States

Giovanni’s Pizza Grill, 100% Vegan Organic Restaurant, Rock City Rd and Tinker St, Woodstock, NY 12498, United States

The Margherita

The Margherita

The Benedetta

The Benedetta

Poppy’s Potato Croquettes

Poppy’s Potato Croquettes

"meatballs" (made with whole grains and seeds) covered in a flavourful tomato sauce with onions

“meatballs” (made with whole grains and seeds) covered in a flavourful tomato sauce with onions

Sausage with peppers and onions

Sausage with peppers and onions

Fantastic tantalising pictures pinched from The V Word.

Click here to read the full restaurant review.  Ooh, I wish I lived near Woodstock right now 😉

Thanks Rhea 🙂


Since posting this, Rhea has been in touch (see comments below) and she, in turn, told Giovanni who also dropped us a line (see comments again).  Anyway, I thought you might be interested in Giovanni’s fascinating story about how he became a vegan chef  which is revealed in his interview with Green Door Magazine, so click here

17 thoughts on “Dear Giovanni

  1. Great Poem!
    I am Giovanni of Giovanni’s Pizza Grill. Rhea had forwarded me your post. We changed the name to The Green Palate Vege•Terranean Grill, last year. Feel free to “like” our page and post your poem! I hope you come visit for our award winning vegan cuisine in Woodstock. We are currently rated #1 on Trip Advisor for Woodstock and also won the “Taste of Woodstock” (27 restaurants) for “best main course”….our own Veggie Burger Sliders!!!
    You can read more about us in the latest issue of “the green door magazine”… under “Vegan Catskills”
    Best, Giovanni


    • Wow! Thank you so much for dropping us a line, it’s great to hear from you. Congratulations on your restaurant’s success – it’s fantastic to hear that a vegan establishment is getting the recognition it deserves. I would absolutely love to visit and try your food in person but sadly I’m too far away (in the UK) though from the pictures on Rhea’s site I’m very tempted to apply for a passport. I will certainly pop over to your facebook page. Thanks again for getting in touch Giovanni, all the best, Violet xx


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