@brianwilson Again, your feedback is greatly appreciated in regards to my writing capabilities and professionalism however, we are not discussing a review on "me" which you are so blatantly intrigued by! This was a review on a restaruant and the food within based on personal experience .. Perhaps my "advertisement" as you pointed out is just a reflection of how good it really is!! Who doesn't want free advertisement these days?
@brianwilson: I appreciate your feedback on my review. To clarify, while I am more than capable of writing a critical review and have done so in the past, there is a professional difference between being critical of an establishment or even a specific dish versus publicly slandering the establishment as a whole. In this particular instance and in my experience I found nothing critical worth mentioning other than I was unable to finish my entire meal due to the large portions. To call me a shill, is slightly offensive and also way off target!
Mr. Trattner, I find it so ironic I happened to stumble upon this review as I was just about to blog about my dining experience at Joey's Bistro on Lee. So Mr. Trattner I'll post it here as well! Seems we've had two entirely different experiences, how about we meet there and compare notes ?? T
Joey's Italian Bistro Bar-2195 Lee Rd Cleveland Heights.OH
Let's talk food, fun, spirits and atmosphere! Having been a long time fan of the original Joey's in Chagrin Falls and a major food lover in the Cleveland area and abroad I was more than intrigued to discover that Joey's was opening up a new location in Heights area. Adding an upscale twist to both the menu and charisma of the original. It was a definite must try in my mind! So I gathered up a couple friends headed out to the Heights. When the door swung open we were immediately greeted by two smiling faces, the hostess, and that of co-owner William Leonetti. The place was buzzing with dinner chatter and the style and lighting made us immediately feel comfortable and eagerly scored the last three remaining seats at the bar. We were immediately met by not one but two bartenders who promptly served up our cocktails. Moments later menus were placed before us and the agony of deciding what to order was upon us. Before ordering a steaming basket of garlic and buttered bread rolls were set before us and were devoured before we could even decide on our main dish. I opted for the Eggplant Napoleon, the other two chose an order of baked meatballs and a salad. The prices were hard to beat at the meatballs coming in at $8.00 while my eggplant at $10.00.. They arrived simultaneously by the time we had finished our first glass of wine. To my surprise the eggplant listed as an appetizer as were the meatballs were indescribably a meal within themselves. The eggplant was more like a sculpture when it arrived out of the kitchen a towering stack of perfectly cooked eggplant, layered subtly with cheese, sautéed spinach and a light layer of sauce. A balsamic drizzle and freshly grated cheese surrounded the edge of my plate and proved to be a most delicious addition to the traditional eggplant parm we all know and love.. This was like an eggplant parm of the future and much, much better. I couldn't resist tasting the two giant meatballs sitting on the plate next to me.. They were large enough to serve two people. These were not your typical meatballs, they had a distinct taste and curiously left you wanting another bite, (and then another). The blend of meats and spices were absolutely delicious and left this Italian girl saying to myself " these are not my mama's meatballs" something most Italians girls would not say aloud, ever! Upon finishing up our meals and ordering just one more glass of wine, we were greeted by head Chef and co-owner Michael Leonetti who took time out of the kitchen to personally greet us and ask how our meals were. I believe the only words that chimed from our mouths were " delicious, amazing and fantastic". The Leonetti brothers of Joey's continue the tradition of making their patrons feel like family by personally greeting their guest from door to table! A tradition sadly lost in many establishments today. We are definitely looking forward to many return visits to Joey's Italian Bistro and making our way through the menu line by line. If you are looking for one of the best affordable Italian meals, upbeat atmosphere for dinner or for drinks and a appetizer or two look no further than Joey's Italian Bistro Bar-2195 LEE RD CLEVELAND HTS.
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