Joe Patti’s Seafood Named One of the Top 50 Best Southern Food Providers

joe patti pic
Joe Patti’s Seafood Named One of the Top 50 Best Southern Food Providers
By: Kelly Woodard

A Pensacola icon and local seafood favorite, Joe Patti’s Seafood, has made the 2014 list of Taste of the South Magazine’s Top 50 best in the nation. “The people, places, products, organizations, and companies named to the Taste 50 represent the best in Southern food. They are authentically Southern, have superior quality, and have made an impact toward the preservation, celebration, and future of Southern food,” said Caroline Russell, an editorial assistant with the magazine.
Joe Patti’s Seafood share the honor with other southern food staples like Conecuh Sausage, Apalachicola Oysters, Crescent City Farmers Market, Milo’s Hamburgers, Tabasco, Waffle House, and Moon Pie.
For over 75 years, Joe Patti's has been located on Pensacola Bay, not always as it exists today.
In the early 1930s Anna & Joe Patti started selling fish from their front porch on Devillier's Street in Pensacola. Captain Joe had a philosophy. He would sell only the highest quality fish at a fair price. He wanted his customers to trust him and he wanted them to become "happy regulars".
Captain Joe developed a reputation of being hard to please. He refused much more that he accepted. Over the years he instilled this same philosophy in all six of his and Anna's children. That hard work paid off as from the 1960s throughout the early nineties as Joe Patti's served all of the restaurants along the Gulf Coasts of Florida & Alabama.
Joe Patti's fleet of refrigerated trucks ran seven days a week and made Joe Patti's Seafood well known and highly sought after beyond Pensacola. As times changed Joe Patti's decided to dedicate their expertise to the retail operation and let food distributors do what Joe Patti's had done so well for many years.
In the late 1990s the store expanded, opening a gourmet delicatessen, sushi bar, and wine shop. Amangiari's opened in 1997 offering specialty foods from around the world as well as products made locally. Oils & vinegars, meats & cheeses, fresh baked breads, caviars & pates and so much more that is now a staple at Joe Patti's Seafood.
Today, Joe Patti's is open 361 days a year and today you'll find Frank Sr. at the helm. Sammy's daughter Anna is in the wine shop, Aunt Arnetta is in the front office, great grandson Michael in receiving and sometimes you'll see Joey stocking the shrimp display. You'll always find them here sharing their philosophy with a staff of a 100 plus.
Congratulations, Joe Patti’s Seafood! You truly are one of the South’s best!
For more information, look for the July/August issue on newsstands or visit www.tasteofthesouthmagazine.com.