We went to Gianni in October 2008 and it was the best. Booked for 8.30 pm and it was jammed with 90 percent Italians. The waiter was helpful and the food a dream. You have to book even in the winter. We ordered the mixed antipasti which was great - a puree of mortadella, bruschetta with tomato, parmesn with a dribble of sweet balsamico , moazzarella in carozza and various cold meats and salamis. Sublime.
We followed this with a primi of very thing stringelli?) pasta with a rich but dry ragu. We realise this is the way it's done but I do prefer more of a sloppy sauce. We also shared a tortellini stuffed with sausage, radicchio and ricotta - the best meal we had. It was covered in butter and it was very silk and the pasta was so soft. We drank a bottle of Sangiovese di Romagna 2005 from Perdiccha. It was a soft drink after it's initial harshness but improved in the glass. Nothing special but went with the meal. We shared a plate of chicory with olive oil and a touch of pepperoni. Our shared main course was heaven- a plate of tender sliced pork with a porcini sauce cooked medium rare . It was slightly too salty but served with mashed potatoes made with milk, parmesan, butter and a dash of nutmeg. The combination was great.
I could only managed a glass of lemon sorbet after that, which was a shame as the dessert list looked great, especially the berries with pannacotta and warm berry sauce.
Total cost 75.00.
I have to say I'm still confused about tipping. Everything indicates that service is included in Italy but when I ask the wait staff they all say it isn't, so I always leave more.