This is a new restaurant from the owner of Daniele Osteria located on Oak Lawn in Dallas. It's easy to access off of I-30, located in a strip mall and a little hidden from view. Though advertised as a pizza and wine place, specials are also offered off menu. It has the feel of an Osteria - more upscale than a pizza place but unpretentious. The price of food and wine is remarkably reasonable. So far we have tried several different pizzas and all were very good. The wine list is very, very good. Also we recommend the sauteed spinach in olive oil and garlic, calamari - especially tender, grilled vegetables - an appetizer large enough for a meal and the eggplant "pillows" that melt in the mouth. We also very much liked the manicotti and lasagna specials. Both were "cheesy" but light and in an Italian tomato sauce that was prepared so well it might have been made by my Italian grandmother. In fact, everything was good enough to order again, but we still like to keep trying new dishes. We can easily make a meal out of just the appetizers - but so far haven't been able to resist either the pizzas or the specials. The servers are clean - neat in appearance, personable and attentive. Daniele is often present and personally checks with each table to see if everything is satisfactory. I was tempted to rate it with 5 stars but have never given a restaurant a perfect score.
The lobster-stuffed clams and bruschetta crostini were great starters to our meal. Next, my husband had roasted mushroom soup. Their bread with olive oil and freshly cracked pepper is amazing! Ray, our server, was attentive, friendly, and helpful. I ended up choosing the Penne Rustica (roasted chicken, shrimp, proscuitto, parmesan cheese, and penne pasta cooked in a rosemary cream sauce. Fresh parmesan was grated onto the entree at the table. (Can you say yum?!) My hubby chose lasagna bolognese (no explanation necessary). The bread and sweet tea were replenished frequently. Lastly, the desserts looked so tempting, but we waddled out of the place as it was. Maybe we can save room for those for next time. I would definitely recommend this place!
You will never settle for a Joe's Pizza & Pasta ever again. This food is authentic, and made with care and only the freshest ingredients. The menu has just enough items as to not be overwhelmed, some familiar, some curious, and some traditional. Everything is cooked perfectly, the pasta is NOT overcooked and the seafood is always cooked to perfection. The servers are smart, accurate and they are far from forgetful. Between the atmosphere, the food and the service, you feel like your bill will be $100 or more, but for two will not exceed $20. I recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and to anyone looking for great italian food.