Following a hectic day at work, Kirsten and I decided wood-fired pizza was in order. My mother-in-law, Marlene, agreed to join us and together we headed towards Joe Mama’s. The restaurant sits at 1307 N. Monroe St. and is the sister store to the original Port. St. Joe. location.
We were seated at a high top in the bar area. Joe Mama’s offers a wide selection of draft craft beers, cocktails, and wines. Waters appeared while we surveyed the menu. Starters, salads, specialty pizzas and desserts were all available.
In need of some comfort food, I ordered a bowl of the Zuppa di Vongole (clam soup) as a starter. Joe Mama’s swaps out fish stock for a creamy base, and the resulting soup is a New England style clam chowder. Large chunks of clam and potato happily swam in the rich soup. It was an unexpected and hearty start to the meal.
For our meal Kirsten and I selected the Due. Tri-colored roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and mozzarella were paired with a sweet fennel sauce. A golden crust rimmed the edge of the pizza and was delicately charred thanks to the wood fired oven. The crust was very thin and contained only a smattering of sauce, the flavor of which was overpowered by the roasted peppers and onions. For more on Joe Mama’s read the full review on Tallahassee.com.
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