One of Greenville’s most anticipated restaurants of 2017, Jianna, has finally opened at Falls Park Place in Downtown Greenville and I had the pleasure of having dinner there.
Jianna’s lunch menu has a variety of sandwiches and paninis, as well as a few soups, salads and a handful of light pastas. For dinner, there are a variety of options from the polpette (veal and pork meatballs with polenta, tomato sugo, and parmesean) to marinated olives. There are also raw seafood options, such as oysters, tuna, and yellowtail. The large plates featured include a red snapper pan roast served with french beans, pasta pearls, tomato, mussels and brodo and bavette steak tagliata served with potato, crimini, butternut squash, and salsa verde.
Jianna’s menu also features chilled oysters served with house-made hot sauce and prosecco mignonette.
I visited Jianna on a Tuesday night with S and a couple of friends. We were not fortunate enough to sit on the balcony for the incredible people watching that could occur, but we had a pretty good seat near the doors to overlook the entrance of Falls Park.
To drink, I had the Countess- a negroni inspired cocktail with botanist gin, prosecco, aperol, and lillet blanc.
For an appetizer we all shared the Italian cheeses, which is served with grilled bread, pickles, fig conserva and marcona, and the char-grilled octopus served with potato, guanciale, pistacio and a sherry-lemon vinaigrette. The octopus was definitely some of the best around town.
For an entree, I had the Casarecce- the house-made pasta with lump crab, asparagus, lemon and chili flakes. This dish was delicious and wasn’t overwelming with flavor. I was also able to taste the other dishes at the table, which were the Papperdelle “Grano Arso” and the Big Eye Tuna. The Papperdelle “Grano Arso” features the house-made pasta with lamb ragu, rosemary, king trumpet and marscapone. It came highly recommended from our waiter and we definitely weren’t disappointed. The tuna was also delicious and well prepared.
For desserts, the table shared the salted caramel semifreddo and the dark chocolate tart. Although both were delicious, the semifreddo seemed to be the table favorite.
I think we all appreciated house light, yet filling everything was.
I can’t wait to go back and check out drink or dine or both on the patio!