Joe Jo's Pizza and Gelato owners Dick and Kathy Jo Luther take two delicious staples, make them their own and do them right. The couple bought the barn-red building five years ago and has since embarked on a steady stream of improvements; what was once a revolving door of seasonal businesses is now a year-round community fixture with reliably good food.
The menu is small, but satisfying. Deliciously crisp thin-crust pizzas ooze with two fresh-off-the-block shredded cheeses ($7 to $16). Dick hand-tosses the dough, slathers it with savory homemade sauce and toppings to order, then fires it in the oven. Kathy Jo's signature salad ($5.75), chopped and tossed fresh every morning, is a unique blend of crunchy veggies, sunflower seeds, Parmesan, and five different oils and vinegars.
Gelato isn't ice cream, but tastes just like it, deceptively rich and creamy with significantly fewer calories and less fat. Joe Jo's fills a gleaming display case with up to 18 flavors of their homespun versions (even more in the summer), hot-processed with Italian ingredients fused into premium Wisconsin dairy. The sweet and tangy fruit-based flavors are lactose- and gluten-free, and amazingly, only 120 or so calories. If dessert feels too far away to wait, go ahead and order a frosty mug of Joe Jo's root beer float ($4) with dinner; it's a creamy dollop of stracciatella gelato bobbing in Sno-Cap root beer from Green Bay’s Title Town Brewery.