Joe's Place is more than just pizza and pasta - the Farruggio family has a rich history. Hailing Agrigento, Italy before coming to the United States, the Farruggio's brought their Italian heritage and love of authentic Sicilian flavors with them. The family's first restaurant opened in 1978. Today, they continue to bring an authentic Italian experience to Arlington. Read on to learn more about the history of Joe's from Joe himself!
The History of Joe's
by Joe Farruggio
History in the Making
In 1970, my family and I left our Sicilian home town of Agrigento, Italy and settled in New York to pursue the American dream. With little money and hard work, we learned the art of making New York-style pizza.
Then, we confirmed that America truly is the land of opportunity when we moved to Virginia and opened the first Joe's Place in Bailey's Crossroads in 1978. With ongoing success, we opened additional restaurants, and in 2007 consolidated our operations in the Arlington and Vienna locations so that our family members could remain closely involved at each restaurant, and ensure the superior customer service we proudly provide each day.
The Joe's You Know Today
Over time, we've developed a reputation for the best pizza in town, along with a warm, friendly atmosphere and strong support for the community. Many of Joe's staff have been with us for 10, 20, even 30 years. They and our many longtime regular customers truly are like family.
Most importantly, we continue to make all of our own Sicilian style pasta dishes, sauces, pizza and desserts with recipes we brought from Italy, and through all we have learned in this great country. Our food is prepared with love and care to be healthful, zesty and delicious.
From the Joe's Family
Our entire family, made up of myself and my sons Roberto, Enrico and Alessandro; his wife Rosa and children Rosario and Gabriella; Rosabel and her husband Anthony and daughter Gemma; Calogero and his wife Maria; Rosario, his wife Patricia and son Alessandro; Marisa and her husband Sami and daughter Sofia; Fortunato and his wife Maria; Franco and his wife Anna and daughter Isabel; Federica and her husband Max and sons Adam and Matteo, and all of our dedicated, hardworking staff welcome you and are very proud to serve you.
Thank you for your business and your friendship!