Cheap Eats

Little Italy: Joe Benny’s

Pizza is perhaps one of my favorite things to eat. And I want to try all of the options that Baltimore has to offer when it comes to pizza. I’ve heard plenty of great things about Joe Benny’s, in Little Italy. Their pizza is different than some of the others I’ve had. Instead of a traditional triangular slice, the pizza is called a Focaccia, it’s thick and doughy, similar to a Sicilian slice. After hearing about how wonderful the pizza is, I knew I had to try it.

Joe Benny's

Joe Benny’s

When we sat down, we decided to start with appetizers. Because I heard how good their focaccia is, we decided to try the Cheesy Focaccia Sticks. They were baked with mozzarella, provolone, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and served with tomato sauce. These were cheesy and flavorful and a great appetizer.

Cheesy Focaccia Sticks

Cheesy Focaccia Sticks

We also ordered Mimma’s Meatballs, these were a baked beef-pork mix topped with tomato sauce and shaved Parmigiano. Normally I don’t order a meatball appetizer, but reviews on Yelp raved about them and I knew I had to try them. The meatballs were incredibly flavorful and a great way to start a meal, I’d come back for these alone.

Mimma's Meatballs

Mimma’s Meatballs

Next came our pizzas. My friend and I decided to share two and then bring home the leftovers. First was The Burrata Focaccia, it was topped with fresh, creamy mozzarella, tomato sauce and basil. Now, I love burrata, in terms of cheese it is God’s gift to man, but on a focaccia, I don’t think it was for me. The pizza ended up being a little soggy, it was still very good. But I prefer traditional mozzarella cheese.

The Burrata Focaccia

The Burrata Focaccia

The other pizza we tried was The Angie. This one was baked with mozzarella and garlic infused olive oil, then topped with arugula tossed with balsamic. This pizza traditionally comes with Prosciutto, but we opted out of it. This pizza was a clear winner and I would order it again in an instant.

The Angie Focaccia

The Angie Focaccia

While the homemade focaccia’s aren’t the traditional pizza you will find in Baltimore, they are still wonderful and it’s worth a visit to Little Italy to try one for yourself.

Joe Benny’s is located at 313 S High StLittle Italy.

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