The Grub Spouse and I had surpassed via Lenoir City some times in current months and saved noticing Joe’s Italian Cuisine on U.S. 321 (aka the principle drag). After seeing some decent purchaser evaluations, we idea we’d branch out geographically a little bit, so we headed to the restaurant on cause closing week.
It became a nice early night while we arrived, and we should have seated ourselves in one of the cubicles on the front sidewalk, one of the tables in the aspect patio vicinity or within the important dining room. We went with the last choice, choosing a comfy two-top near the bar (even though we didn’t order alcoholic liquids that night time).
Our server gave us a while with the menu, which covers a lot of Italian-cuisine bases without presenting an amazing range of alternatives. The bulk of the fare may be found in the Joe’s Famous Pasta category, whilst steak and seafood, stone-fired pizzas and calzones, wraps, burgers, and sandwiches round out the selection. I categorically dominated out the steak, seafood, burger and sandwich options out of the gate, however, for the record, objects in that realm consist of a ten-ounce rib-eye, crab desserts, a couple of subtypes, a trio of burgers and a lamb gyro.
The Spouse waded through almost 20 pasta picks, which includes Pasta Milano, Penne Rustica, spinach ravioli, Chicken Pomodoro, lasagna and Chicken Parmesan. The Spouse settled on the first listing within the category, Pasta Joe ($13.99) – grilled bird, shrimp, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and bow tie pasta tossed in a tomato-cream sauce.
I became initially inclined to strive considered one of their nine pizza recipes — Napoli, veggie, barbecue fowl, margarita and pesto chicken are a number of the picks — but I wound up ordering a calzone just to change up my recurring. In this case, I ordered Joe’s Rustica calzone ($8.99), filled with sausage, bird, onions, sauce and (presumably) mozzarella and ricotta cheeses.
Early on, I noticed some provider weirdness from the young woman looking after our desk. The first incident occurred while she requested if I needed water fill up. I said, “No, thank you. I’m excellent.” However, she got here at once returned with a tumbler and crowned my glass off. Of course, I might in no way whinge approximately getting too many water refills, however, it becomes a tip-off that perhaps her awareness wasn’t completely engaged.
No proceedings about the food, however. The Joe’s Pasta dish turned into incredible, taking advantage of beneficiant allotments of chook and shrimp and a deliciously tangy cream sauce. The accompanying facet of garlic toast turned into exquisite-buttery, and the pasta portion itself necessitated a to-go field for The Spouse.
I additionally have kudos for the huge calzone that became set in the front of me on a wood pizza board. It changed into cooked to just the proper level, shy of being scorched by means of the oven. Inside, the mixture of elements became effervescent hot, growing a delectable cocooned combination of textures and flavors. The most effective factor I don’t care for with any calzone is that lifeless chunk of dough on every cease that has hardly ever any substances in it. But that’s just the character of the beast.
We asked for 2 to-cross bins, but our server kept forgetting them and neglecting to clear our plates. The situation remained equal even after we ordered dessert — slices of self-made tiramisu ($five.Ninety nine) and coconut cake ($4.Ninety nine). (Also, the server advised us none of the desserts have been self-made, however, once we endorsed her to verify this, it became our that every one however two of them had been made on site.) When our cakes have been served, we eventually were given the to-cross bins, however, we still had to manipulate a juggling act on our small table as we tried to transfer leftovers to the bins, stack up to our grimy dishes and locate room for the tiramisu and coconut cake plates.
At least the desserts have been pretty properly. I liked the tiramisu better, however, I normally set the bar pretty excessive for any restaurant’s coconut cake. My slice was average to decent, but the sudden scoop of ice cream surely didn’t hurt anything.
I’m no longer certain absolutely everyone east of Farragut could justify the power to Joe’s, but diners dwelling inside a few miles’ radii of this Italian eatery might probably discover the food, the putting, and the pricing to be really worth the ride. And here’s hoping the provider enjoy one would possibly receive could be more regular than ours turned into.