A memorable taste experience
There’s plenty of buzz about Joe’s Italian Kitchen, the new eatery in Almonte. A picturesque setting, striking rustic chic décor, scrumptious Italian comfort food and warm hospitality make dining here a memorable treat. Situated at 7 Mill Street, on the lower level of the Victorian Woollen Mill, the 1,800-square-foot restaurant opened last fall and already it’s a popular, go-to spot. The appetizing menu is definitely a big part of the appeal. Antipasti offerings range from Wood Oven Roasted Olives to Polpette (veal, pork and beef meatballs), and there are several insalata options too. The daily pasta special is always made fresh, and the lunch menu includes a delectable selection of paninis, along with a pizza and salad feature.
The pizza is another standout on the menu. You can choose from two different types.
Traditional Italian Pizza
The round, Napolitana style is cooked in the traditional wood-burning oven and made with 00 caputo flour. It has a very thin layer of crispness, followed by a moist cloudlike consistency that is a bit saucy with a good stretchy chew. It’s light and bursting with fresh flavours.
The Pinsa is described as the “the next generation of Pizza”. Pinsa was invented by Corrado Di Marco (a pizza expert from Rome and the founder of the company bearing his name) in 2001, thanks to an intuition that was both the result of his long experience and his great passion for bread making.
The flour mix used to prepare the Pinsa Romana (wheat, soy, rice, and sourdough), plus the high hydration level, and a totally different pizza making process compared to traditional pizza, make this product unique in terms of lower calories, less gluten, low in fat, GMO free, and easy digestibility. Joe’s Italian Kitchen is Canada’s first restaurant to make and serve Pinsa.
There are eight different traditional pizzas on the menu, plus six New World choices, with all the New World offerings named Joe—from the vegetarian Joe Theisman to the Joe Pesci with smoked salmon and cream cheese, and the Joe Montana with meatballs and pepperoni. In all the menu items, locally sourced ingredients are balanced with imported flour and tomatoes to dish up the very best of casual Italian cuisine.
You’ll want to have a drink with your meal, too. The Drinks menu is extensive, with a generous variety of white and red wine, a sangria collection, classic and modern cocktails, and draft beer. And don’t forget dessert. The sublime offerings range from panna cotta to cannoli. In warmer weather, you won’t want to miss a chance to dine al fresco, since the patio overlooking the waterfalls is spectacular. In any season, though, Joe’s Italian Kitchen is a surefire hit. Catering is available and when you reserve for a group of 10 or more, you get 10 per cent off the food bill.
The restaurant is open daily and hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Call 613 256-4033 and check out joesitaliankitchen.ca.