Monday, June 20, 2011

Pizza on the Move: Joey's Heads North, Porta Via Expands South

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 5:51 AM

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A good slice of pizza is hard to find, especially in Brentwood. I mean that literally, because without a CIA-quality GPS system or the directions of a local, it was always a crapshoot as to whether or not diners could luck upon the Ward Circle location of Joey's House of Pizza. I remember circling for what seemed like most of an hour in that hotbed of suburban rest that is the Maryland Farms megaplex until I finally found the parking lot that concealed Joey's.

Now, the good news is that Joey's should be a little easier to find. The bad news for Brentwooders is that Joey's is moving about twelve miles away to 897 Elm Hill Pike, where Elvy's Deli was previously located, on the hillock overlooking downtown right near the I-40 Fessler's Lane exit. That building has remained vacant for years, so I'm sure that the neighborhood will be happy to have another dining option, especially one as beloved as Joey Macca's restaurant which serves some of the best pizza, calzones and subs in Middle Tennessee. The new outpost should be open some time in the next couple of months, and I promise to keep you posted.

But as the good lord taketh away, he also giveth in the form of another pie option for the Brentwood/Franklin area as Porta Via plans to open a new location at 3301 Aspen Grove Drive at the corner of Cool Springs Boulevard West some time in mid-September. The new restaurant will occupy the space that was previously occupied by Tossed, and in a thoughtful effort to replace the lost opportunity for fast salad options, Porta Via has committed to expand their salad offerings.

From their official announcement:

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The Cool Springs restaurant will offer authentic Neapolitan style pizzas, pastas and entrees, all of which are prepared fresh in house. The scratch-made pastas will be paired with homemade sauces, including the signature Porta Via pink sauce. The pizzas will feature an abundance of unique and imported ingredients, including cured Italian meats and roasted vegetables. Daily specials will showcase fresh, seasonal products, including unique ravioli and seafood dishes. The full drink menu includes a variety of organic wines, imported aperitifs, specialty martinis and Lucaffe coffee from Italy. House made gelatos and sorbettos will be available in 18 flavors daily.

“It’s been incredible to watch the growth during Porta Via’s first year. Response to our authentic style of cooking has been great, resulting in a loyal base of customers,” said Martin Silverman, one of Porta Via’s owners. “A second location was a natural progression, and we’re excited to bring our flavors to Cool Springs. In addition to the great menu of pizzas and pastas, we’ll be expanding our menu with new sandwich and salad offerings. Our kitchen is working hard to develop very exciting recipes to look forward to.”

While I'm sure that it is disappointing for Williamson County to have to travel into town to treat their Joey's jones, hopefully the expanded menu at Porta Via will provide more than ample opportunities for la buona cucina.

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