Little Joey’s offers authentic Italian food in Summerfield
SUMMERFIELD — For the past 13 years, Little Joey’s gave locals an Italian getaway with authentic cuisine made from recipes which have been passed down over the generations.
“The quality of the restaurant is directly related to the quality of the products used,” said John Wunderlich, chef at Little Joey’s Italian Restaurant. “That’s why everything we do is made from scratch, using only the best and freshest ingredients.”
Owned by Nick Dedaj, the Summerfield restaurant specializes in thin-crust, hand-tossed pizza with a house marinara sauce and topped with an array of cheeses. Pizzas average $11 for a small, $15 for medium and $18 for a large. Varieties include: four cheese, veggie, white (broccoli, garlic, mozzarella and ricotta cheese), super deluxe, meat lover, thick-crust Sicilian and super deluxe Sicilian.
The restaurant also offers calzones, Stromboli and sausage rolls.
“This is one of my family’s all-time favorite restaurants,” Dee Dee Scala said. “Best Italian food ever. The pizza is delicious and their specialty dishes are to die for. The chicken alla Joey’s is our favorite, however, you can’t go wrong with whatever you order off the menu.”
Appetizers include: chicken fingers, fried mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, clams casino, hot wings and calamari. Salads include Caesar, chicken Caesar, chef salad, antipasto and tuna salad.
According to Little Joey’s, some of the most popular entrees are the chicken francaise (boneless chicken in egg batter, sautéed in lemon and white wine), veal parmesan, lasagna, shrimp scampi-gamberi baked ravioli, chicken marsala and spaghetti with meatballs.
Chef Wunderlich said he takes pride in giving customers the freshest taste and that’s why the food is made to order, including the house Alfredo sauce. Also, the veal is filleted and prepared on site.
“My mother is Italian and would cook all these things for me as a kid,” John Gladis said. “We would drive a good distance to find food that tastes this good, just like mom made. Everything was very good, down to the bread, which is your genuine Italian bread. The service here is also good because it’s like one big Italian family.”
Subs at Little Joey’s are made with bread from a bakery in New York. Customers can choose from Italian combo, salami and provolone, tuna salad, meatball, sausage and peppers and chicken, veal or eggplant Parmesan.
Dessert features rotating specials, including zeppolis (fried Italian dough with powdered sugar), cannolis, tiramisu, molten lava cake and New York-style cheesecake.
Little Joey’s Italian Restaurant, 16840 S U.S. Highway 441, is open from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Go to www.LittleJoeysSummerfield.com or call 352-347-1800 for information.