Joanne Trattoria: Monstrously Good Sauce
Friends and I are always on the look for good food from family-owned and independent restaurants. On a recent trip to New York, New York we took the opportunity to dine at Joanne Trattoria. The restaurant is located on the Upper West Side, steps away from Central Park, shopping, churches, museums, and more. Perfect for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The snug restaurant features a front bar, bakeshop, outdoor patio, and an attentive staff. A terrific setting for lunch with friends or a dinner date.
Germanotta Family Home Made Italian Meals: The menu is consistent with the owner’s point-of-view of Italian cuisine inspired by family recipes. For example, homemade focaccia, Joanne's meatballs, and Papa G's bone-in chicken, with sweet or hot sausage and peperoncini. Many sharable items on the menu. Sharing an appetizer and pizza with friends is ideal here.
“Family, food, and love are the foundation upon which Joe and Cynthia Germanotta raised their daughters. Built on those same principles, the Germanottas family-run restaurant is world-renowned for its vibrant hospitality, delicious Southern Italian fare, and warm familial atmosphere. In his debut cookbook, Joe shares a mix of time-tested family recipes and house favorites…with never-before released family photos, heartwarming testimonials and entertaining anecdotes from the extended Joanne family, as well as a moving foreword by the Germanottas’ older daughter, Golden Globe®- and six-time Grammy®-winning, Academy Award-nominated global icon Lady Gaga”.
1. The restaurant is located at 70 West 68th Street New York, New York, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The location is walking distance from local stores, movie theaters, businesses, Lincoln Center, Strawberry Fields, and Columbus Circle. Street parking is available. The restaurant is also accessible by taxi, car service, and subway.
2. The main dining room in located in the back of the restaurant and is a cozy area. Make reservations to ensure a table.
3. Joanne Trattoria offers brunch, lunch, and dinner. The following were our favorites.
Fried calamari and hot peppers: seasoned fried hot peppers and calamari. Perfectly light and flavorful served with a tomato dipping sauce. The sauce is amazing. Tomato with garlic and olive oil. Save any left over sauce as a dip for your pizza or other menu items you order.
Build your own pizza: artichoke, arugula, eggplant, mushroom, peppers, onion, spinach, tomato, cheddar, fontina, gorgonzola, mozzarella, ricotta, bolognese, chopped clam, meatball, pancetta, pepperoni, prosciutto, sausage (sweet | hot).
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