Giovanni's Restaurant

Over the last 30 years, a lot has changed at Giovanni’s and a lot has stayed exactly the same. The location and presence of the Acireale family are the same. The restaurant itself has expanded like some of the waistlines of longtime fans of the Beaches landmark. Never been? Picture a plate of veal scalloppini topped with prosciutto, spinach and mozzarella, baked and finished with a light mushroom cream sauce. Sound good? The rest of the menu is even better.

Giovanni's closed in 2010 and reopened in 2011 as Mixx.

1161 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, 249-7787 • Inducted 2009

Owners Shari and Toni Acireale started dating when she was just a teenager. Shari runs the front, executive chef Toni runs the kitchen. Toni's parents Giovanni and Nella (not pictured) opened the restaurant in 1972.