The spaghetti-Western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of Western-less spaghetti with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Italian fare at Joey's Restaurant in downtown Chagrin Falls.
Joey's invites famished gastronomes to nosh on family-style, homemade Italian cuisine in a casual yet romantic setting. The talented chefs at Joey's concoct their lunch and dinner menus with meats and veggies plucked fresh every morning from local markets. Diners can ignite their mouth-engines with an ovoline salad made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, balsamic vinaigrette, and toast ($7.50) or the Sicilian sampler, a seafood smorgasbord of tiger shrimp, little neck clams, mussels, and scallops in a garlic butter sauce ($9.35). An extensive array of entrees include the traditional veal parmigiana ($17.50) and chicken francaise, a boneless, breaded chicken breast sautéed in lemon, butter, and white-wine sauce ($16.50). Carb-cravers can nab homemade pastas such as Joey's original toasted ravioli stuffed with meat or cheese ($15) or the meat lasagna crammed with ground beef, italian sausage, mozzarella, and ricotta ($16).
Geometrically-inclined patrons can pair circular pies and triangular slices such as the large Pompeii pizza, covered in artichoke hearts, hot peppers, and chopped tomatoes with libations from the eatery's bar ($13.25). Meanwhile, the large seafood pizza comes blanketed in tomatoes, black olives, tiger shrimp, and bay scallops and carefully divvied up using a middle-school compass ($15.85).
The Plain Dealer and Gayot gave Joey's Restaurant favorable reviews. Though some reviewers are mixed on the quality of the food, seven TripAdvisors give Joey's Restaurant an average of three owl eyes. Nine Yelpers give the establishment an average of 3.5 stars.
Early every morning, the chefs of Joey’s Restaurant peruse Cleveland’s markets for the freshest vegetables and meats to incorporate into marinara-oozing lasagna, sherry-sautéed scampi, or Sicilian-style pizza. Chefs adhere to authentic family recipes that have been in use for more than 30 years, starting with fresh batches of homemade noodles that soak in sauces such as marinara, alfredo, or garlic butter. Servers set down dishes on red-checkered tables, organizing the plates family-style so each guest can sample and share dishes without having to compete for bites in a fierce game of musical chairs, and the exposed brick in the dining room adds a romantic air to a night on the town.