Several years ago after waging a lengthy and courageous battle, my friend Larry’s beloved bride of nearly four decades succumbed to the ravages of cancer. It was a devastating loss for her family, friends and community who loved her. Among the very first people who reached out to Larry were Joe and Kassie Guzzardi, the affable proprietors of Joe’s Pasta House, a Rio Rancho institution and one of the family’s favorite restaurants. Joe and Kassie ferried over trays of food to feed all the well-wishers.
Not even a year later, our friend Brian passed away at 48, far-too-young for someone who had so much to give. When his parents from Fort Worth asked us to help them find a restaurant in which to host a celebration of Brian’s life, the first and only restaurant we thought of was Joe’s Pasta House. Joe, Kassie and their terrific staff extended the gracious hospitality and kindness for which they’re widely known, helping make the celebration a worthy tribute to someone so well-loved.
These are only two of the many occasions in which we’ve witnessed Joe and Kassie perform heart-felt acts of kindness. Over the years we’ve known them, they and dozens of restaurateurs like them consistently demonstrate that they’re not only restaurateurs, they’re friends and neighbors. In strange and unprecedented times when health care providers and first responders are rightfully being hailed as heroes, we should also recognize the everyday heroism of restaurateurs and their staffs who continue to feed us, albeit no longer in the confines of their homey restaurants
Inasmuch as it’s possible–considering restaurants and bars are now limited to takeout and delivery–please continue to support the many wonderful restaurants–and even better people who operate them every day. For your convenience, here are two tremendous resources to help you determine which restaurants are available to give you something great to eat at home.
If you’d like for Howie Kaibel, the Community Manager for Yelp, to edit this collection for any reason, simply add your comment to this section; Howie is signed up for email alerts. He will also add restaurants from our surrounding cities as well: Cedar Crest, Belen, Bernalillo, you name it.
Howie also suggests you search for each of these businesses sorting by location. Here are links to all of the Yelp lists, automatically sorting by location, so you can see what’s most relevant in your neighborhood:
Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (BOTVOLR) discovered that Visit Albuquerque is offering another resource which lists Albuquerque restaurants offering take-out or delivery. If you would like a restaurant added to this list, you can submit it here.