If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant where the food is good, and the pricing is affordable then you just might want o check out Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizzeria. The have several locations: Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice and 2 in Sarasota. We visited one of the Sarasota locations. For some time when we were in Sarasota, we would pass by and say we have to give them a try. So, on this occasion we did.
This is a family owned and operated at this location since 2013. There first one opened in 1994 and they are all about Chicago. It felt to us like they are trying to capture they neighborhood pizzeria and restaurant where you go for good food and a wee bit (ok a lot) of sports. There is Chicago sports memorabilia throughout the entire restaurant. It gives it that family fun feeling.
While we tend to be NY pizza loving diners, we do enjoy a good Chicago pizza from time to time. So we gave their personal size a try ($13.99) . One of my dining companions preferred the Chicken Parm ($11.99) with no cheese and sauce on the side. We also had the Fresca Caprese ($9.99) with Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato, Basil, Balsamic Vinegar & Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It also had Pepperoncini’s and Kalamata olives. For the pizza’s we had pepperoni and mushrooms.
The Caprese salad was large and very good. This we shared and we did not finish it as we wanted to have room for the pizza. The personal pizza were also large. We could only eat 1 ½ slices. The pizza’s were tasty. However, the crust on the bottom was not crispy at all…it was definitely brown enough to be crispy but alas it was very soft and kind of mushy. The Chicken Parm was tender and crisp and a nice portion size. They served the sauce on the side in a large bowl so there was more than plenty. The one thing we all noted was the salt level. Perhaps because none of us cook with salt but we did find the food to be a bit salty.
The service was adequate and friendly. They were not good about clearing away used dishes. We were not asked if we wanted coffee and or dessert.
Despite some short comings I would dine there again but would try one of their Streets of Chicago options like the Italian Beef or the Sausage and Peppers or even the combo of them both called the Chicago Combo, AKA Da Chief.
Joey D’s, though is a good place to take the family for dinner. The food is a good value for the price and a fun place to dine.
Overall rating: Mezza Mezza
Joey D’s Chicago Style Eatery & Pizzeria
3811 Kenny Dr Sarasota Fl 34232