Josephine Italian-American restaurant opens in Jacksonville

Grandmother Josephine would be proud. Her passion for cooking and down-home, kitchen-table hospitality lives on at a new Jacksonville restaurant.

Dedicated to his late paternal grandmother — Josephine Lois “Jo” Gill Floyd — Josephine, the new Italian-American restaurant at 3563 St. Johns Ave. in the Shoppes of Avondale, offers fresh-from-scratch bread, pasta, signature entrees, salads and desserts made in-house with many featuring locally sourced ingredients.

“Josephine is a vision born from fond family memories, inspiring travels, and countless conversations,” owner Josh Floyd told the Times-Union.

As well as celebrating innovative cuisine, Josephine features the works of local artists such as one-of-a-kind paintings, prints and other unique decor.

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From the menu to decor, Josephine is an upscale restaurant intended to be a destination, Floyd said.

Josephine's menu offers innovative Italian-American cuisine from owner Josh Floyd, Executive Chef Zach Preece and Chef de Cuisine John Magsino.

Floyd along with Executive Chef Zach Preece and Chef de Cuisine John Magsino created a menu that accentuates flavor, presentation and sophistication without being pretentious.

“We’re doing Italian food but we’re definitely not a traditional Italian restaurant. … You’ll find some traditional undertones in some of our approach and in some of our sauces. But we’re also doing things that are a little bit cheeky in a way where we’re crossing cultural lines,” Floyd said.

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