by Dave Williams –
Summer can be exhausting. Kids are not in school, work continues, the days are longer, the grass needs mowed. How about a relaxing evening to recharge? No need to cook, adult beverages (wines) will be provided in a pleasant setting that encourages one to slow down and mingle with others while enjoying fine Italian food and wine. The venue may surprise you, as I suspect most of you are not familiar with Jo Jo’s on Rt. 22 as an Italian fine dining experience. Frank Randazzo, Jo Jo’s owner, wanted more than a pizza shop and added on to his initial building with an Italian restaurant several years ago. As I indicated in last month’s newsletter, his passion and enthusiasm for quality, traditional Italian fare was infectious enough to set the tone for this month’s event. My dining at Jo Jo’s confirmed the validity for this event.
Frank’s working life started out as skilled woodworker in a small shop in Italy. Mass production forced many smaller craftsmen out of business. Not wanting to work for a soulless corporation he came to America, found employment in a pizza shop and learned English. He traveled and learned to cook working in restaurants under talented chefs and even a pastry chef. Slowly his craft and passions transferred from wood to food. In 1990 he opened Jo Jo’s Pizza Shop.
To showcase his restaurant and passion he will feature a multicourse, small plate experience to introduce us to his delectable offerings. Paired with each course will be a wine from Italy. Specifics of the wine have not been provided because the intent is to focus on the food and wine pairings. Wine details will be available at the event.
Appetizer: Cheese, Prosciutto, Olives, Burrata, Bread
Salad: Greens with house-made Balsamic vinaigrette garnished with blue cheese
Wine: Orvietto Classico
Pasta: Penne Jo Jo’s (Jo Jo’s own vodka sauce with meat and mushrooms)
Wine: Italian Rosé or Red blend from Veneto
Protein: Chicken Marsala, Salmon with Lemon Sauce
Wine: Red blend from Veneto or Italian Rosé
Sweet: Mini Cannolis
Foods will be served buffet style in stages enabling you to graze and socialize at a casual pace. Wines will be poured in sequence with each course. Tables will be available to sit, eat, chat and mingle with friends. Jo Jo’s has a lovely patio with outdoor seating we can enjoy as well, weather permitting.
The event will start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday August 20, 2019. The location is Jo Jo’s on 22, 7800 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, PA.
Members: SOLD OUT!
Patrons: SOLD OUT!
Non-Members: SOLD OUT!