Chef/owner Jarbas DeAlmeida is back full-time as Wise Guys Italian Gourmet Restaurant and Pizzeria celebrates 20 years in business this month.
“We are a local restaurant, a neighborhood place,” DeAlmeida said in explaining the restaurant's longevity on U.S. 64 East.
“We are near the nicest neighborhoods of Statesville, and a tremendous amount of regular customers have been coming here over the years. Even with the poor economy, we're still doing great.”
DeAlmeida had been splitting time with the Wise Guys at the Lake restaurant that he and business partner Alex George opened in late 2005 on Williamson Road in Mooresville. George operates the lake location.
Customer favorites at the Statesville location include the clams casino and mushrooms stuffed with crabmeat appetizers, the French onion soup and seafood chowder, Pollo Francese and Chicken Florentine, the pizza supreme and various seafood and pasta entrees, DeAlmeida said.
The restaurant has weekly entrée and appetizer specials and a full liquor license.
It has buy-one-get-the-second-half-price on pasta and chicken entrees and appetizers this month, “to thank everyone for all the great years,” DeAlmeida said.
Wise Guys is located at 528 Mocksville Highway (U.S. 64 East); open daily, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. for lunch, 4:30-9 p.m. dinner, 5-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for dinner; 704-878-9795.