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Lovoy's Italian Restaurant

1830 29th Ave. South, Homewood (SoHo Square)
A Birmingham classic that recently moved from Green Springs to SoHo. Dine on Italian-American classics like ravioli and lasagna, plus pizza, sandwiches. Don't miss the baked oysters. If you like garlic, try the baked shells. 

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 11:47AM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments20 Comments

Reader Comments (20)

After moving to Birmingham, it took me a while to find restaurants that weren't a "chain." After meeting a woman at a pool, she told me to try Lovoy's. It's excellent. I love the really laid back, casual atmosphere. Most of the time, I eat in the bar area, so we can watch TV while we eat. But they give huge portions at reasonable prices and the food is exceptional. They also try to accommodate whatever request you have with no difficulty! It's great. (September 2003)

June 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Kathleen Nelson

Lovoy's is now open for lunch! I'm not sure of the hours, but they do dine-in and carry-out. I think they even have a less expensive lunch menu.

August 22, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterOTM Girl

I used to eat here with my parents when I was a kid. Then I moved away, and came back, and its still here. Nothing's changed. The same decor (I'd be scared to see how things look with the lights up), same menu, same good food.

This place defines the italian-american dining experience in Birmingham with all of the classics like chicken and eggplant parmigana, veal marsala, and baked ziti and manicotti. They do these well. Portions are big and they are liberal with the cheese (bring your lipitor).

The breaded veal cutlet is the best.

Nothing fancy here, but a good value and enjoyable experience, particularly with a carafe of the house wine.

September 23, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbg

Lovoy's is a classic mom and pop red sauce Italian joint. Good food, good value.

October 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterErn

I've only visited Lovoy's twice and wasn't impressed either time. The food was just ok and the atmosphere lacks as well. It looks as it did when it probably was first opened.

The food could have been prepared better in my opinion, as nothing really stood out as great. Next time, I will just make my own Italian food at home if I have to go there.

I can say that they are always crowded, so something must be right. But it might just be like Olive Garden... no one knows anything better, so they keep going there.

To all of you loyal Lovoy's fans, not telling you to stop going there, but definitely try new places like Amore and GianMarco's, as their food makes a statement.

February 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterB&B

it is what it is and it good food at a good price and it is relaxing and the oysters rock... the lasagna does as well. the sauce is a family recipe for over 40-50 years. the "poster" on Feb 20-2008 sounds like some one I know. He is a snob and thinks he is Simon Cowell. We have decided to go there just reading his snipes... nothing better than the bread at lovoys dipped in their sauce. try the JUNK salad. the family sold the restaurant to someone in their fmaily and they have cleaned the place up and have their Grandmother's recipes.

February 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentercaptain pasta

I grew up less than a mile from the place. So I have been eating regularly at Lovoy's for over four decades now. Other posters are right about how it hasn't changed much since it opened. If it ain't broke....the new third generation owner Zack ain't fixing it. But I do know he has upgraded everything behind the scenes while keeping the food and the feel from his granparent's generation. I gave gift cards to my 20 best clients because I knew all of them would have a great experience. Now I live over 20 miles from the joint and still drive in for the best oysters ever made, and real Italian family recipes no cookbook or culinary school trained chef could ever hope to duplicate. Everything on the menu would be a bargain at twice the price. I should know I have eaten the entire menu and remember a time when the prices were half what they are today. Hope to still be eating there when it is a fourth generation sucess story. Mama and Papa Lovoy are surely very proud.

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterartigiano

Been living and eating at Lovoy's for over 30 years and since the new guy (guy with spiked hair and a know it all) Lovoy's has gone down hill. Steaks and veal are the WORST in town,Salad dressings- no flavor- all pasta dishes are rubbery except for the lasagna noodles- New guy needs to get Lovoy's to go back to years ago and leave well enough alone!!!!

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHomewood Homer

Lovoys in the last few years since the new guy came in has gone down hill!!! Alfredo's in Pelham is much better!!!

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHomewood Homer

Been living and eating at Lovoy's for over 30 years and since the new guy (guy with spiked hair and a know it all) Lovoy's has gone down hill. Steaks and veal are the WORST in town,Salad dressings- no flavor- all pasta dishes are rubbery except for the lasagna noodles- New guy needs to get Lovoy's to go back to years ago and leave well enough alone!!!!

April 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHomewood Homer

Very disappointing! The food was not that good and portions were small. Service was Slow and the place seamed more like a watering hole!!

June 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGET REAL

Above average at best. I'd rather eat Divinci's any day.

July 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad

To all of you with your wonderful comments I say "Thank You" It is and has been a pleasure for myself and my family to serve the people of Birmingham for the past 54 years. I will continue to do the best as I know how to make each and everyone of you happy with our food and service. To the last few post I am sorry to hear of the experience you had while dining in my restaurant. I try to be there as often as possible in order to receive feedback from my customers. Even with over 50 years in the industry we are constantly learning and take every word from our customers as constructive. I listen and read intently and thank you for comments so that each day I can become better at what I do. To the people who do not know the (new guy) Jim Levinson is my partner of the past 3yrs and has been a great friend to our family for the past 35yrs. We both love what we do and nothing is more important to us than making your experience at Lovoy's perfect. I thank all of you again for all of the buzz around Lovoy's and look forward to seeing you there. Zac Lovoy

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZac Lovoy

Lovoy's is a great place to eat if you are looking for an old-school, family style Italian restaurant. I love all of their marinara sauces and most particularly a spicy sauce they'll serve upon request that has a more peppery taste (black pepper and bell peppers). The only disappointment I have about Lovoy's is that their portions are too small. Most customers expect large portions from a family-style Italian restaurant, but from aside from that, I am not a big eater and always leave this restaurant still feeling a bit hungry.

September 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermb

I have not eaten at Lovoy's in decades. It was my favorite Italian restaurant "back in the day". Several years ago I was in Bham on business and decided to eat there once again only to find out my old dirt bike riding friend, Frank Lavoy, had just died. Could not bring myself to go that night.
I plan on trying Lovoy's again soon.

October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Lovoys is better than Davinci's any day of the week.

April 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Recently visited the "New Lovoys" and were incredibly disappointed with our service. Food was still amazing, but our entire dinner was ruined by the fact that 1st we waited almost 20 minutes for drink orders to be taken, then another 20 minutes for food order, and were only offered crackers while we waited. We didn't get bread at our table until our food arrived, for which our waiter apologized that he "forgot" which was true because it was cold bread. I have frequently Lovoy's dozens of times throughout the years, so it is devastating that the service in the new location is terrible. I'm not sure I"'ll be back until things settle. I'll find a new "little italy" to visit. Sorry Lovoy's!

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBham Diner

The service was extremely slow and the food was poor for the price. We sat down at a table at 7pm and did not get served the main course till 9. The food was cold and overcooked. Will never go back.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

OMG, no, no, no! People rave about this place and after dinner at the old location I cannot tell you why. I am a big supporter of small, mom and pop, local eateries but just cannot support Lovoy's. You are way better off going to Nabeels in Homewood.

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBBQ Addict

duray-I kind of feel like the same person except more time has gone by.I hate to say that I feel like an adult now. I have to admit I wish I was still 18 , After all , even through the time while I was representing taht wild kid ,I really wasn't.I was just living my life . I was just not making movies at the time.-Leonardo --replica Paul Smith Leather Shoes

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzoro1

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