Our Maine Street's Aroostook Issue 12 : Spring 2012 - Page 65

agricultural landscape and lifestyle, had a huge influence on her upbringing. She learned to cook at an early age and by sixteen had her first job cooking in a pizza and sub shop. She later expanded to a larger facility boasting four dining rooms and more extensive menus, and the opportunity to work with many diverse chefs. Joanna attended the University of Maine, graduating with high honors with her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Maine in Presque Isle. Fine Arts was her dream, but the excitement and rush of cooking was to be her true calling. Working under the previous chefs at Gram Russo’s and under the open direction of the owner, she has made her true dream come true at Gram Russo’s Italian Restaurant. She has the ability to use her fine arts education and see it with every dish she creates. She over sees and trains a full staff of very talented individuals. Eric Brigham, the banquet cook, has been employed at Gram Russo’s for close to ten years. Eric has vast knowledge in all aspects of food preparation and catering. Joanna’s right hand cook Josh Doughty is a Presque Isle native. Josh grew up working on his family’s farm and always had a love for cooking. Since the first day that Josh was hired at Gram Russo’s, you would have thought that he had years of experience. Joanna has built a team that is second to none and is giving The County a true taste of diversity in all the items they create. She is truly thankful that the owner allows them the freedom to experiment and express their love for cooking. In doing so, there is always something fresh cooking at Gram Russo’s Italian Restaurant. Today’s menu includes traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine as well as a savory selection of steaks and fresh seafood. To compliment your dinner, choose from an extensive wine list and a wide variety of tempting homemade desserts. Large groups are welcome. Reservations are recommended for parties of ten or more. All major credit cards accepted. Hours of Operation M - W Thurs. Fri. Sat. Sun. Breakfast Closed Closed Closed 7a - 11a 7a - 11a Lunch Closed 11a - 2p 11a - 2p 11a - 2p 11a - 2p Dinner 5p - 8p 5p - 8p 5p - 9p 5p - 9p 4p - 8p SPRING 2012 65