Joe Scida is 92 years old and lives in the central Pennsylvania town of Johnsonburg — but thanks to the efforts of his daughter, northeast Johnson County residents now have the chance to experience the traditional recipes the first-generation Italian immigrant brought with him to the U.S.
Scida’s daughter Ann and Brandi Everitt this week opened up their new Italian cafe, Joe’s Cellar, inside the Mission Road Antique Mall.
The menu features an array of Italian classics from Joe’s recipe book — from a tomato, basil and mozzarella frittata, to meatballs in marinara, to hearty sandwiches and plates of homemade pasta. Deserts include delicate Italian cookies and daily cakes.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the cafe — which made its debut Tuesday — has quickly started to attract mall patrons, offering a respite for lunch during a day of antiquing, as well as diners from the surrounding areas. And in June, if things go according to plan, the restaurant’s namesake will get a chance to see it for himself.
Scida and Everitt are hoping to bring Joe out for a grand opening celebration this summer.
“He’s a jet-setting 92 year old,” Everitt told a patron looking at family photos on the restaurant wall Thursday.
The Joe’s Cellar menu is embedded below: