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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Joseph's Italian Cafe Restaurant Review

: The décor is half the game at Joseph's. The black-and-white and stainless steel interior vividly avoids any reference to the Fifties, although sooner or later someone will call it Eighties. In the meanwhile, it's glam, grand piano and all at this location where the Joseph Consolos, father and son, expanded from downtown. The elder Consolo, a department store designer-decorator, turned photographers' tripods into table legs and used some other dazzling design tricks. Kirkwood's suburbanites have kept traffic at a steady pace, since they don't have to dress up to the standard set by the decor. This isn't one of the Hill restaurants that colonized, and the menu shows it with crabcakes and Caesar salads. But the bruschetta can be excellent in tomato season and farfalle with crab meat and goat cheese is a winner. Veal Marsala is served with mashed potatoes in a cross-cultural melange, just like shrimp scampi over Gorgonzola risotto. Specials can be worth investigating, like a Dijon-crusted pork roast. Service is usually good, but we could do without a $7.50 fee to split any entrée or pasta.

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