My friend, Sandi from Whistlestop Cafe Cooking, introduced me to a great little Italian restaurant in her neck of the woods, so Peter and I checked it out with Sandi and her hubby one night not too long ago. And we’ve been hooked ever since. If you live in Birmingham, it would definitely be worth your while to check out Joe’s. Joe is originally from Sicily (with the thick accent to prove it!) and owned and operated a restaurant out in Gilroy, CA for many years before moving to Birmingham last year to be near his children. They talked him into opening this small family-owned and run restaurant in a residential area of Pelham/Alabaster and it is truly fantastic.
Not a huge place, if you go on Friday or Saturday night, be prepared to wait for a table. The food is cooked by the mama (homemade pasta and pizza) and Joe will greet you at the door. Their son and daughters are also on hand cooking and taking care of things.
Joe makes homemade tiramisu and it is just to die for and they offer many other homemade desserts made by the mama herself. You will not leave this place hungry or disappointed. They are at 21 Weatherly Club Drive in Alabaster on Hwy. 11.
We’ve told all our friends about Joe’s and I hope you’ll try it too if you live in Birmingham!
Thanks, we’re always looking for
new places to try out.Our daughter
and son in law went to Italy this
winter and it would be fun to
take them to an authentic Italian
place right here in B’ham!
Oh, I could use a little Italy this time of year. Looks like a road trip!
Susan S. says
YUMMMMM…it’s only 10:20 AM but I’m drooling! I LOVE Italian food and this place looks wonderful. Wahhh…I wish I were closer to Birmingham! Enjoy some good Italian food for ME!
Runner Mom says
I think I’ll try a little bit of all of the desserts!! Yum!!
Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe says
Now the secret is out!
We were just there last week, and we had to wait for a table. Joe and Nonna are precious. It is almost as good as Italy~~ almost!
YUM! It all looks so good! Thanks for sharing the details. I’ll have to go Italian very soon!
Oh Rhoda I love Italian food my Mother is Italian, we have so many great places in the North End in Boston….and oh my Tiramisu is one of my faves….nothing like good Italian food !!!
Wish I lived closer would love to try it..
Have a nice Sunday,
ocean mommy says
Oh my. I think I just gained 10 pounds looking at the pictures!!! Sounds heavenly!!
Hope your Sunday is wonderful!
Mmmmmmm, sounds good! I love the look of the restaurant. It looks like a home kitchen with an audience.
I live NO WHERE near Birmingham, but I wish I would have known about him when he lived in Gilroy! The garlic capital of the world is only a couple hours from me + it’s on the way to IKEA!!! 🙂
It all looks delicious! Next time I’m on my way to Destin think I’ll make a little detour!
I gained 5 lbs. just looking at all that delicious food! Too bad it’s clear across the country from me. 🙁
C. C. says
That restaraunt looks fabulous! Do you think they would deliver to New Mexico?
I love your blog – very inspirational!
[email protected] says
How yummy this food looks!! I too live in New Mexico and wished I lived closer to try this! I will have to put it on my list of “must try” if I ever am in your area!! Thank you for sharing…and making me hugary. I better go eat some lunch. 🙂
Susie from Bienvenue says
Yum! Wish I had a little of that today…. after church we had popeyes…not so yum~
Cherry's Jubilee says
YUMMMM Italian is my fave! I love your finds from last week ms. Rhoda! cherry
Kimm at Reinvented says
I sure wish I could try that, but the closest we’re going to get today is Italian Tortellini soup! 🙂
Lois Grebowski says
Drooling at the pastry case… the limoncello cake looks divine…I’ll have to visit next time we’re down.
I LOVE Italian food. Wish I lived closer! If you have time, I would love to get your opinion on my last post-I am trying to decide what to do with my range hood. You have such amazing taste, I would really appreciate your vote!
Oh how neat if you live near Birmingham. I think Az. is just a little too far, but I know I would love it. Hugs, Marty
Misti of Studio M Designs says
Okay, I could totally eat an entire cheesecake right now. I’m drooling!