Joey Fratello’s promises freshness

. December 30, 2013.
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As we were wrapping up our meal at Joey Fratello’s Pizzeria in downtown Findlay, my 5-year-old daughter peered over the plates from dinner, salad and appetizer, and offered, “This is like we’re having a feast!”

And that’s just what it felt like. Our family of four was stuffed. Early in the meal, we had set our sights on polishing off one of the gourmet dessert pizzas, but as we worked our way through our order, we just couldn’t think of eating another bite.

Joey Fratello’s is a family-owned, quaint pizzeria in downtown Findlay, offering New-York-Italian cuisine. You pass the kitchen and giant pizza oven on the way in, greeted by staff. Booth and table seating are available amid a collection of mostly black and white photographs of historic New York City. There is also a large flat screen TV in the main dining area, and additional seating is available in the back of the restaurant.

“Meaty” menu of choices

The menu says Joey Fratello’s “only uses the freshest, finest ingredients available to bring you extraordinarily good flavor.” They aren’t kidding – it was evident in all of the food we sampled that it was high quality, and it tasted excellent.

Joey’s touts a wide selection on its menu, including appetizers and sides like Mediterranean calamari and bruschetta; they offer chicken wings; eight different salads, 19 specialty pizzas plus the option to create your own; calzones; 15 diverse oven-toasted sandwiches; wraps; a variety of spaghetti choices; and dinners like baked rigatoni or ravioli, gnocchi with carbonara sauce, lasagna, chicken parmigiana; and even dessert pizza.

Deliciously feeding a family of four

My husband and I started with the 3 Cheese Breadsticks ($5.99). They arrived with marinara sauce for dipping and were wonderful – the warm, soft, flavorful cheese melts in your mouth straight out of the oven.

Joey Fratello’s does not have a kids’ menu, but we didn’t find that to be a problem. Most kids like pizza, and when we visited, our kids decided to split an order of spaghetti and meatballs ($7.99) and just use two separate plates. 

My 8-year-old son is about as picky as it gets. But he, as well as his sister, really enjoyed the spaghetti. It came with two massive meatballs and two soft, seasoned breadsticks.

My husband ordered a traditional cheese calzone, with pepperoni, ham and sausage ($3.99), and I ordered a side salad ($2.49) with ranch dressing and an 8-inch barbeque chicken specialty pizza ($6.99).  I was impressed by the absolute freshness of  the romaine lettuce, green peppers, red onion and shredded mozzarella cheese in my salad.

My pizza came with chicken, red onions, bacon, mozzarella cheese and barbeque sauce and had a wonderful taste. It was spicy and flavorful, yet had a nice texture, almost creamy. The bacon was crisp and I really enjoyed it, but needed to request a box for half of the pizza.

We will definitely be back to Joey Fratello’s. The price was great for a family of four, and we want to try more of the entrées. There’s also one other reason for a return trip: We have unfinished business on the dessert menu.

Joey Fratello’s Pizzeria
116 E. Sandusky St.
419-427-JOEY
www.joeyfratellos.com, also find them on Facebook
Sun-Thurs 11 am to 10 pm
Fri 11 am to 12 am
Sat 11 am to 11 pm
Delivery, carry-out and catering available.