June 22, 2024


Free For All Food

Historic Italian restaurant Original Joe’s opens a new spinoff in S.F. loaded with pizza and pasta

Tiny Authentic Joe’s — the spin-off undertaking from the staff behind San Francisco’s historic Authentic Joe’s cafe — opened this week on West Portal Avenue as a takeout spot and community marketplace.

The undertaking has been in the is effective considering that early 2019, and although the pandemic compelled homeowners John and Elena Duggan to nix their indoor dining options, the menu’s concentrate on pizza, pasta and parmigiana has been in area because the beginning.

“We had been already planning to concentration on consolation foods with (Minimal Unique Joe’s) and for the duration of the pandemic, it’s kind of all people today are taking in proper now,” Elena said. “People are emotion specifically susceptible these days with all that is heading on.”

At the new West Portal shop, the menu has a polenta parmigiana for $18, made with levels of fried polenta, a rich pomodoro sauce, mozzarella and basil. And on the pasta facet, all of the options, together with the $18 spicy rigatoni vodka pasta, can have possibly rotisserie chicken or shrimp extra for an added expense.

But the star of the menu, according to the Duggans, are the pizza choices, some thing they have never ever sold at their other dining places. First Joe’s in the town dates to 1937 and focuses on heartier Italian fare. A person of the to start with pizzas they made a decision to put on the menu was the Supreme Paradise Pizza ($28 to $32), which will come with pepperoni, Italian sausage, salami, mushrooms, white onion and bell peppers. The pie is an ode to the former tenant of the Tiny Joe’s creating, which was Paradise Pizza. The community shop invested 30 a long time on West Portal Avenue before closing in 2018, and the Paradise Pizza was a staple of that menu.

Little Original Joe's polenta parmigiana. The dish is only offered at the Little Original Joe’s location and is the first time the Original Joe’s team has ever tried to place it on a menu.

“We wanted to make confident we were having to pay awareness to the record here,” John explained. “We assume the pizzas are likely to be a large driver for our small business due to the fact it is some thing folks in this community have known this house for in excess of the decades.”

At the industry at Tiny Unique Joe’s, there are shelves lined with canned sauces, bread and wines, related to any small neighborhood industry. Individuals can also pick from prepackaged dinners to try to eat at home these types of as baked lasagna, pot roast and macaroni and cheese. All of the merchandise can occur in different sizes and are priced involving $14 and $28.

The market place also has 1-pound containers of frozen pasta — including ravioli created in-dwelling and are both stuffed with meat, or spinach and ricotta — for sale for all around $10 to $12, marketed together with containers of the restaurant’s pesto, vodka and alfredo sauces. The latter occur in 8 to 32 ounce containers offered for $8 to $16.

For the duration of lunch hours involving 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tiny Authentic Joe’s Pizza, Pasta, Parmigiana will have a much more compact lunch menu dependent close to soups, salads and sandwiches. Every thing is priced in between $8 and $12, with the sandwich list consisting of a mix of Italian-encouraged creations — like prosciutto caprese built with mozzarella and arugula on a ciabatta roll, and a conventional meatball sub.

Exterior of the organization, the Duggans reported they’re heading to coordinate a way for customers to be in a position to park near the restaurant and industry, and have things brought out to their vehicles. The new provider types are all just component of adjusting to the pandemic, they stated.

“The factor we’ve been fortunate with is that as a result of all of this, we haven’t noticed a true massive drop in company since individuals know to appear to us for these comfort food items,” John mentioned. “None of this has been effortless, and it isn’t like we’re just earning a bunch of earnings. But we are offering persons a thing they’re seeking for much more frequently now, and that’s just great foods that feels common.”

Tiny First Joe’s Pizza, Pasta, Parmigiana. 393 West Portal Ave. Open up daily 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Justin Phillips is a San Francisco Chronicle personnel author. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @JustMrPhillips