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Jan 26, 2007 06:45 AM

Joe's Pizza Place

We saw a commercial for this place on TV last night- apparently a local chain. They talked up their pizza as something "NY style" (The holy grail ) Anyone ever try it?

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  1. It used to get high praise from some on this board but neither my wife or I can for the life of us understand the appeal. Our friends who swear by Cracker Barrel sure love it.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      The appeal of Joe's is the lunch buffet -- pizza, pasta, salad, soup, breadsticks -- for a few bucks. It's a good deal. The pizza is good for AYCE.

      The Joe's on Lee Hwy in Arlington is almost always deserted at other times of the day.

      1. re: Bob W

        This is not Chowish though. Cheap or expensive, if it ain't good...

    2. If it's the one in Fair Lakes, I agree with Dennis. It's fine in a pinch, but nothing special.

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      1. re: Meg

        That's the only one I've been to - yes. In that area I do like Pomodorro (esp. the Quattrone sp? pie).

      2. My wife and I use to go with out baby at their Vienna location when they have their dinner buffet during the week. It's not really chowish, but its fast, kid/infant friendly, and comfortable.

        1. I highly recommend Joe's delivery pizza if you're looking for an upgrade over Domino's/PizzaHut/PapaJohns. The ingredients (esp the meats) are of much higher quality than what you get from the regular pizza chains. They also serve decent veal/cx parmagiania and other italian standard fare. If you dine-in, be prepared for families and children's sports teams which seem to hold their end-of-year banquets at Joe's. (I've only been to the Arlington location).

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          1. re: pblumb

            The Vienna location also tends to have the families and sports teams.

          2. If you consider "NY Style" the "holy grail" and you're out toward Fairfax, the closest thing I have found to a legit NY style pizza around here is Tony's in Fair Lakes. However, tastes and preferences vary greatly with pizza, it doesn't have to be NY style to be good. Tony's happens to be my favorite, but Pommodoro, Italian Store, PieTanza, and many other NoVA pizza places have lots of fans with good taste...just not my preference.

            As far as Joe's is concerned, I just wish I had an all-you-can-eat pizza/pasta place like that around way back when I was carbo-loading. The Fairfax City location and it seems to have a lot of families with kids coming in and out, which would suggest to me that the prices are probably fair and the flavorings are probably fairly tame/safe. But I haven't been myself that I can remember, so I really cannot offer an educated opinion.

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            1. re: Lowbar

              The place in Fairfax for NY style pizza is Mama Lucia's at Fair City Mall. You'd never expect anything to look at it (that whole strip is a dump) I grew up in NY and Mama Lucia's could go head to head with it all.