What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza

***Disclaimer: The Tallahassee Food Blogger’s Association was invited to tour and taste test Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza. As part of it, I personally sampled pizza and salad for free. In no way did anyone at Joe Mama’s ask or imply that it should influence this review.***

By William Kristoph

TFBA Meetup

As part of the first ever #TFBA meetup, we were able to tour Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza, check out the kitchen and talk with Devon, one of the owner-managers in Tallahassee (along with her brother) and Jim, her dad, the creator and owner of the original Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza in Port St. Joe, FL. Devon greeted and seated us with a smile and a ton of info about Joe Mama’s Pizza. The restaurant is beautifully decorated, featuring a modern feel with black and white photography of local areas. The wood fired oven is visible from the dining area, as is the bar area. I’m normally not one to comment on atmosphere, but Joe Mama’s is the only pizzeria that I feel would make for a romantic date night. It fits the Mid Town area and target audience perfectly.

Devon and Jim
Devon and her father Jim in the kitchen of Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza, explaining their fresh and local approach to food.
Photo by William Kristoph using iPhone 4 and iPhoto

Devon introduced her father, Jim, who laid out the Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza way and gave us a background of the original Port Saint Joe location and this new Tallahassee location. Fresh, local and quality is the best I can sum it up. Top it off by cooking it in a wood fired pizza oven imported from Italy and the owners’ passion for food really shines. Jim and Devon filled us in about anything and everything and had us tour both the oven area and the kitchen. I personally thought they way they roll and stretch their dough was interesting. There is no tossing at Joe Mama’s Wood Fired Pizza, unless it’s the salad made at your table!

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What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Village Pizza And Pasta

By William Kristoph

Village Pizza & Pasta is a staple of Tallahassee. I’ve been there numerous times over 15 years and I enjoy it every time. That said, there are some dishes that totally outshine some others. If I’m sticking around to eat, I always skip the pizza in favor of one of the homemade pasta dishes. They are fantastic, fresh and the sauces are excellent. It’s worth a drive to Village Pizza & Pasta for tasty Italian food.

Salad

House Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing at Village Pizza and Pasta
House Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing at Village Pizza and Pasta, Tallahassee, FL

If I have any complaints, it’s the salad that comes with dinner. The presentation bugs me, with the Ken’s dressing served on the plate in a sealed container. On the bright side, that means the dressing is fresh. On the down side, it looks terrible. Overall, the salad is standard and fine for a warm up, although on this last trip I had a couple of questionable lettuce pieces that I put to the side. That’s forgivable and not a big deal in my eyes. Continue reading What Should Tallahassee Eat? – Village Pizza And Pasta