With entrees like slow roasted kaluah pig, salted duck pizza, and broken meatballs I knew I’d be foolish enough to try this place. A spectacular fool’s choice it turned out to be as well as wallet-friendly, but foolish-sounding initially.
Whether you’re going on Magnifico Mondays, Ladies Night Wednesdays, or any day between 3-6:30pm, Pele’s Wood Fire has a pretty awesome happy hour amongst other things. The biggest treat of all being the Wood-Fired Limoncello Wings.
Wood-Fired Limoncello Wings with shaved parmesan, crushed red pepper, oregano, and orange zest $3.95, Chardonnay $4.00
The wings were incredible, the sauce was amazing, and the shaved parmesan did more justice than damage. The human element of the dining experience consisted of an “at home, in your favorite cousin’s living room” personal element, with a “I have been serving patrons for years and could do this with my eyes closed” level of customer service. The service was impeccable, and the place was cozy with a really familiar vibe.
The food was actually in-house, and as one would imagine, local produce made for some really fresh ingredients being both refreshing and delightful.
I actually enjoyed, and was so much impressed with the happy hour offerings that I stayed long enough for dinner. I got another glass of white wine and ordered the Croxetti Pesto.
Pesto Croxetti with spinach, caramelized onions, pine nuts and pecorino romano in a white wine reduction
It had a great presentation, the portion wasn’t massive which really allowed you to carefully consider all of the ingredients, the sauce was flavorful but not overpowering, and the pasta was fresh. It was incredible.
All in all, I would unquestionably list this experience at Pele’s Wood Fire as the Happy Hour Obsession of The Week, not-to-mention one of my Top Obsessions. If you have an uncompromising palate for fresh pasta for dinner, or if it’s after work and you have $10 to spare, this modern Italian-American spot would be an excellent choice in the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville.