a Modo Mio is more than just pizza and pasta – the Farruggio family has a rich history as immigrants to the U.S. from Sicily. Hailing from Agrigento, Italy, the Farruggio’s brought their Italian heritage and love of authentic flavors with them. The family’s first restaurant opened in 1978. Today, they continue to bring an authentic Italian experience to Arlington. And now, we are starting a new chapter, as “A Modo Mio” meaning “My Way”, focused on bringing you the authentic Napoletana pizza and a fresh new menu. We also revamped the restaurant interior and exterior to provide the right ambience for our clients. Today, they continue to bring an authentic Italian experience to Arlington. Read on to learn more about the history of Joe’s Place from Joe himself – and thank you for continuing to be part of the Joe’s family!
In 1970, my family and I left our Sicilian home town of Agrigento, Italy and settled in New York to pursue the American dream. With little money and hard work, we learned the art of making New York-style pizza.
Then, we confirmed that America truly is the land of opportunity when we moved to Virginia and opened the first Joe’s Place in Bailey’s Crossroads in 1978. With ongoing success, we opened additional restaurants, and in 2007 consolidated our operations in the Arlington and Vienna locations so that our family members could remain closely involved at each restaurant, and ensure the superior customer service we proudly provide each day.
Over time, we’ve developed a reputation for the best pizza in town, along with a warm, friendly atmosphere and strong support for the community. Many of our staff have been with us for 10, 20, even 30 years. They and our many longtime regular customers truly are like family.
Most importantly, we continue to make our own Neapolitan style pizza, pasta dishes, sauces, and desserts with recipes we brought from Italy, and through all we have learned in this great country. Our food is prepared with love and care to be healthful, zesty and delicious.