August 2, 2021

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Owners of San Francisco’s Authentic Joe’s, Westlake Joe’s open up a 3rd cafe

The San Francisco siblings who revived their family’s Unique Joe’s custom have now rescued yet another piece of their earlier.

Elena and John Duggan, homeowners of the OJ’s in North Seashore and Daly City, have taken about the previous Paradise Pizza in West Portal, their childhood neighborhood, and reopened it as Minor Unique Joe’s, a takeout eatery and retail market.

And they’re now producing pizza — a first for Joe’s — working with the Paradise dough recipe from authentic owner Sal Alioto.

But Sal most likely never put smoked gouda or truffle oil on a pizza. Becoming a member of a range of classics are such artisanal alternatives as the Exciting Person (sauteed mushrooms, mozzarella, ricotta cream, truffle oil) the PB&A (prosciutto di Parma, burrata, arugula) and the Spicy Mike (soppressata, Calabrian chile peppers, asiago and oregano).

Pink-sauce traditionalists will uncover Joe’s Dwelling-Manufactured Ravioli, Baked Lasagna and Eggplant and Chicken Parmigiana obtainable to go. New choices include Spicy Rigatoni Vodka Pasta,       Polenta Parmigiana and Mary’s Cost-free Vary Rotisserie Hen with property sauces (salsa verde, chile crunch, barbecue and honey dijon).

The market is stocked with Joe’s grab-and-go entrees, soups, salad dressings and desserts cheeses and healed meats condiments and sweets and fresh new bread from Boudin and Acme. In another nod to Paradise, the industry/eatery features Menabrea — the Italian beer sold by the pizzeria.

Elena Duggan explained the West Portal expansion as a different way to honor their roots.

The Duggans are the grandchildren of Tony Rodin, who opened the first Authentic Joe’s on San Francisco’s Taylor Avenue in 1937. An early husband or wife of Rodin’s, Bruno Scatena, opened Joe’s of Westlake, and the Scatena loved ones operated that Daly City location for 57 years, until 2014.

In advance of it shut, hundreds of Westlake enthusiasts — like then-Gov. Jerry Brown — flocked to the legendary restaurant at Lake Merced and John Daly boulevards for a closing meal.

But the scaloppine and calamari produced a comeback when that location then landed in the fingers of the loved ones that had launched the “Joe’s concept” of Italian-American eating to San Francisco. The Duggans, who experienced beforehand opened a flagship Joe’s in North Beach, renovated the cafe, renamed it Unique Joe’s of Westlake and reopened it in 2016.