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New Owners at Jolli Mons Give Restaurant A Fresh Start

Charming new owners Danny and Winsil Falcone are infusing the kitchen and menu at Jolli Mons Grill with some unique international touches.

New owners of Jolli Mons Grill — Danny Falcone, a New York Italian, and Winsil Falcone, his Filipino wife — may have very different favorite fare, but one thing they both agree on is fresh, homemade food.

Like Jolli menu items wontons and wild berries, you might question the Falcones as a perfect pairing, but Winsil, with her bright smile and Pacific breeze hinted accent, matches his bravado with her own special charm.

The couple met almost a decade ago while Falcone was on vacation in the Philippines. It was love at first sight, but it would take almost two years to convince U.S. Immigrations that they intended to marry.

Once Winsil Falcone was in the United States, they wed and she began working at Falcone’s self-named Oklahoma City chain of Italian delis.

Working was a crash course in American culture. “I had to learn all of the deli meats, and Italian cheeses. The meat is very different than in the Philippines. Plus, I had to learn all the money. I was horrible at making change. I didn’t know which coin was which,” she says “I started out only working one hour day, not 24 hours a day like we do now,” she says laughing.

After six years of marriage and Italian restaurants, the Falcones were ready to integrate their two cultures into a more unique style restaurant. They left Oklahoma City in August and moved to Florida. They bought Jolli Mons Grill, located on the Pinellas Trail, on Nov. 5 and they had their grand opening in the middle of December.

You won’t find frozen meat, fish or even a pre-cut French fry in their kitchen. Every order of onion rings is fresh cut, same with the fried mozzarella. Winsil Falcone hand rolls the spring rolls, and she makes every sauce.

While they kept Jolli Mon’s laid back atmosphere, ample outdoor seating and nightly music, they changed the menu to reflect their unique blend of cuisines, like bacon-infused gourmet hamburgers and Caribbean Poppers, which are wontons filled with pepper-laced cream cheese and then fried to a golden brown and served with spicy wild berry sauce.

“Besides the menu, the biggest changes we made were adding indoor seating, expanding happy hour, and being open on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. for brunch,” Danny Falcone says.

You can’t meet Danny Falcone and not assume he’s from the Bronx: he’s got the look, the lingo and he’s the type of guy that you want to (but you’re afraid to) ask if he was a Soprano’s fan. (The menu snitches with the Bada-Bing burger, topped with jalapenos and spicy hot onions.)

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Come enjoy a glass of Fresh Sangria at $3 a glass and then review your experience on Patch!

Monty Seidler January 14, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Great input from both sides of the table. I'll have to check it out and abuse this gift card we got.
Tom G January 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Went there last night. I liked my burger but my girlfriend did not care for hers - not sure what seasoning they use besides the bacon? There was no music which was disappointing. Looks like the old wait staff is gone too. Very little seafood or caribbean like food. Disappointed. They say the seafood was all fresh but I didn't know Tilapia was local or fresh to this part of the country? Sad to say I was disappointed with the overall experience. Part of the charm of the old Jolli Mons was the caribbean theme. While some of that feel is still there without the music or menu it seems to be a large disconnect.
cal February 08, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Very disappointed in the changes and service. Beer was warm and there was no local fish on the menu. And, the service was indifferent. Do better, guys...........
jenny May 01, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Highly disappointed in the chef! I have never wrote a bad review about any restaurant but this place is absolutely the worst experience I have EVER encountered . As a Floridian I love seafood so I asked the sever if I was able to buy Nachos and add shrimp? Simple request I thought? The chef refused to add shrimp ! I explained I will pay “WHATEVER” the extra coast was. Regardless of the extra cost the chef refused to add the shrimp to the nachos. Never had a bad experience enough to write a bad review but this was just ridiculous to say the least. If a Caribbean restaurant is unable to add seafood to their dishes then wants the point of going. Sad to say I will never go back.
Carole May 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I used to love Jolli-mons, even after the service got so bad it was near impossible to get a waitress and I'd have to order from the bar if I wanted something. I still went back for the music, white sangria, and the excellent crab chowder. But after looking at the menu and talking with folks that have tried it, as well as reading the reviews online, there's no way I'm going back(until the next owners). From all that I've heard,these owners will be out of business before long. A friend of mine told me the owner picked a fight with her because she sent back a food order. Hopefully, the next owners will bring back the carribbean food and service that the original owers had.

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