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Eric Meier’s First Visit to Pelletteri Joe’s in East Utica

Pelletteri Joe's Entrance
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I’ve been hearing about the legendary East Utica Italian joint known as Pelletteri Joe’s (927 Jay Street, Utica) since I moved to Central New York six years ago.  Today I finally convinced a co-worker, Dave After Dark, to grab lunch there with me.

What an experience!

I’d been told a few of the ground rules:

*Don’t ask for butter

*Know what you you want before they come to take your order

I wasn’t quite prepared for of the rules I didn’t know:

*Wait at the bar to be acknowledged

*Wait at the bar after acknowledgement to place your order

* Wait the the bar after acknowledgement and placing your order to be seated even though there may be 3 or 4 open tables

*Wait at your table after you have been acknowledged and ordered.

The food was good, and worth the wait.

I had the antipasti and ziti.  I am curious, however, there were plenty of things coming out of the kitchen that didn’t seem to be on the menu board.

Eric's meal at Joe's
Eric's ziti at Joe's

So I’m anxious for you to tell me, what else should I know before my next trip to Joe’s?

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