Joey M’s La Piazza Cucina Italiana – Where cooking comes from the heart.
(3800 Pacific Avenue, at the corner of Garfield and Pacific Avenues in Wildwood, NJ)
If the name Joey M rings familiar, there is good reason for that. For many years “Joey M” Montello has been a staple in the singing world, and he continues to delight music fans with his wonderful singing voice and dynamic stage presence. While Joey M. went on to have a great career, his introduction to the music business was almost an accident. Joey credits his good friend and radio legend Bob Pantano for much of his success. It was Pantano who put him on stage in front of more than 1,000 people. If that was not intimidating enough, the performance was broadcast to an audience of more than 35,000. That seminal performance was a big hit, and it marked the beginning of a long and successful career in musical performance. Joey M. would go on to perform in many different venues both in and out of the Garden State, including memorable performances at the New Jersey State Fair and a radio broadcast featuring an hour of Christmas music with renowned singer and composer Richie Rome. Joey M. went on to perform with such luminaries as Frankie Avalon, Jimmy Beaumont, Bobby Rydell, James Darren, Martha Reeves and The Duprees. Fans from around the world continue to enjoy his music and remember his performances fondly.
In 2000, Joey M. embarked on a new adventure. The opening of his acclaimed La Piazza Cucina Italiana restaurant in the popular resort community of Wildwood New Jersey represented a real turning point and gave Joey M. Montello a chance to share his passion for food. While fans already know that Joey M. has a passion for music and performing in front of an audience, they may not know that he also has a strong commitment to fine dining. The La Piazza restaurant gives Joey M. a chance to combine his two passions and give diners the opportunity to experience great food and excellent entertainment. Joey M. performs nightly at La Piazza, much to the delight of old fans and new ones.
Diners who know Joey M. only from his music career are often quite surprised at how deeply his passion for cooking and fine dining really goes. La Piazza Cucina Italiana gives Joey M. a chance to share his love of great Italian food and his rich Italian heritage. That Italian cooking tradition goes back several generations to his great grandfather, a well-known and well-loved baker in Abruzzi, Italy. Joey’s great grandfather brought his baking and cooking skills with him when he immigrated to the new world and settled in South Philadelphia. The elder Montello went on to open a bakery in his adopted hometown of Philadelphia, and it continued as a thriving family business until the late 1960s. Joey M. was an integral part of the family business from an early age, he has carried on the family tradition continues with La Piazza Cucina Italiana. His dedication, attention to detail, and passion for fine Italian food has made this restaurant a popular destination not only for visitors to the beautiful beaches of Wildwood, but for locals as well.
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