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Italian restaurant thrives
March 5, 2004
little to criticize -- and everything to like -- at Joe & Mimma's Italiano
Pasta and Pizzeria in the Grafton section of York County.
The interior is spic-and-span -- no crumbs on the floor or spills on the
seats. The restroom is the cleanest one I've seen in a restaurant in a
The service is good, and the food is even better.
Whenever Ken and I visit the strip shopping center location near our home,
it's always busy with couples, families and groups. This Saturday night
was no exception.
Our server quickly brought us our menus and took our drink choices while
we tried to pick what we wanted from all the many options.
The menu is varied, offering everything from pizzas and sub sandwiches to
pastas and salads. For dinner, I asked for the chicken parmigiana ($14),
and Ken ordered chicken Alfredo ($14).
While we waited for the main courses, we enjoyed house salads, each one a
small plate of chopped lettuce garnished with slices of tomato, onion,
salami and provolone. We also enjoyed toasted slices of bread and butter
with the salads. A Caesar salad can be substituted for the Italian
My platter was far more than I could eat at one time. Two lightly breaded
chicken breasts were smothered in melted mozzarella cheese, and placed
next to a generous helping of spaghetti with tomato sauce. Everything was
tender, hot and tasty.
Ken's meal came in a deep-dish pasta bowl. Good-sized chunks of chicken
breast played hide and seek in fettuccine covered with a creamy Parmesan
cheese sauce. Needless to say, Ken said little until he finally finished
his meal. I was good and took half of mine home.
Joe and Mimma's specializes in imported dry pastas and homemade sauces.
You can get seafood versions with salmon, shrimp, mussels and scallops.
Veal and chicken are fixed several ways. And if you are trying to stay
away from meat, you have options such as eggplant parmigiana, spaghetti
with garlic and oil or just a tomato or marinara sauce. Entrees are priced
from $9 to $17.
Pizzas parade out of the kitchen, especially at dinnertime . You can
create your own or choose from traditional meat ones made with pepperoni,
Italian sausage, ham, meatballs and salami. A "meal- size" pizza comes
with a salad. Some of the special ones feature garlic pesto topped with
smoked mozzarella spinach, calzone pizza stuffed with cheeses and pizza
primavera made with veggies and cheeses ($10-$14).
Appetizers range from fried calamari and chicken wings to mushroom caps
and garlic knots ($4-$7). Sub sandwiches are the kind you know and like --
Philly steak and cheese, pastrami and cheese and meatball ($6-$8). And
don't forget the fries and onion rings to go with them ($3). Beer and wine
also are served.
The casual restaurant is a great place to take children because it offers
food you eat with your fingers, and there are plenty of napkins to go
around. The special kid's menu for 10 and under lists spaghetti and
meatballs, cheese ravioli, burger with fries, chicken filet with fries or
kids cheese pizza ($5).
Desserts are good, even though I think they are a bit pricey at $4 for
cake and tiramisu or $3.50 for cannoli (deep-fried pastry shell filled
with sweetened and flavored ricotta cheese). I had plain cheesecake
drizzled with raspberry sauce. Ken got a little daring, asking for
raspberry sauce on his carrot cake. The sauce blended nicely with the
cream-cheese icing and sweet cake.
Joe and Mimma's is the kind of neighborhood restaurant that's been around
for years and will continue to thrive because it does food right.