Restaurant: Joe’s Pizza
Address: 38 S. Sproul Rd. Broomall, PA 19008
Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★
Style: Italian and diner specialties
Food: Pizza, sandwiches, salads, seafood, cheesesteaks, panini and ice cream
Atmosphere: Brightly lit and diner-like
Parking: Large lot
Service: Friendly and accommodating
Price Range: Many items are under $10
Unique Features: Daily specials, kid’s menu and lottery tickets for sale.
Joe’s Pizza is a staple in Marple and a local favorite, so I set out to find out why. A dining companion joined me for a weekday dinner at this local favorite. Joe’s Pizza is not some small hole-in-the-wall pizza joint, but a sizeable restaurant with a lunch counter and separate dining room (not to mention the large parking lot).
We chose a large booth in the corner and perused the extensive menu. While the pizza is the first item on the menu, it is followed by cheesesteaks, panini, pasta dishes, stromboli, calzones, burgers, sandwiches, salads and even a selection of milkshakes. The menu reads like a hybrid of pizza parlor and diner offerings. The kids' menu and wide variety of beverages will satiate even the fussiest child.
For starters, we split the large Caesar salad which arrived in parts. First, we received the packets of Caesar dressing then the tall pile of crisp Romaine lettuce, parmesan and croutons. The lettuce was fresh and the croutons crunchy. There could have been a touch more parmesan. The dressing was more oily than creamy but not bad. My dining companion tossed together the salad on her plate to make it just like the real thing, while I just drizzled some dressing on top. The portion was plenty for two.
The large vegetarian pizza was true to form. A huge disk of dough, cheese and veggies galore arrived piping hot from the oven. The thick and crisp Greek-style crust was quite hearty. The mild tomato sauce and thin layer of cheese were barely discernible under the blanket of vegetables. Black olives, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, green pepper, red bell pepper and more dotted the top of the pie. People like to say that pizza is unhealthy but this pizza was one of the healthiest things I have eaten in a long time. We both agreed that the slices needed a sprinkle of red chili flakes and some salt. All in all, it was a fine pizza.
Someone had told me about the cheesesteaks here and though we had more than enough food, I had to try for myself. The small cheesesteak with fried onions was fantastic. The pillowy soft roll was light and delicious. The tender tiny bits of beef were moist and flavorful as they mixed with the sweet sautéed onions. There was just the right amount of melted cheese and the whole concoction was well seasoned. Each bite was a perfect balance of starch, fat, protein, sweet, salty and creamy. I bet this would even taste good cold.
The service was friendly and accommodating. Our server was working extremely hard to keep the customers happy while also cleaning up the rest of the dining room and lunch counter. She was energetic, sincere and answered all of our questions in a friendly manner. She seemed to be the heartbeat of the whole operation. With friendly service like hers, no wonder Joe's Pizza is a local favorite in town.