Joe's Italian

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Joe's Italian Pizza, Pasta & Caffé is a traditional Italian restaurant located at 21 Weatherly Club Drive in Alabaster. It was opened in 2007 by Giuseppe "Joe" Bertolone and his wife, Elvira, veteran restaurant owners from Andora, Italy and Girloy, California, along with their children Sonia, Michael and Mary (operating as "Forza Unita Inc.")

Michael opened another restaurant in Helena, Lucia's Italian (named for his daughter), in 2010. Joe's Italian Crossroads Cafe, a takeout store, opened at Alabama State Highway 119 and Shelby County Road 22 in Montevallo in February 2013.

Joe Bertolone died in March 2013. The family continued to operate the restaurant for a while, but sold the business to Galveston, Texas-based Clean Plate Restaurants Inc. in September 2014. The Montevallo location was closed that December. The new owners retained the staff, including general manager John Paul Gogan.


  • Schumacher, David (May 2010) "Joe's Italian: The Bertolone family's authentic Italian food draws a crowd." Birmingham magazine. Vol. 50, No. 5, p. 55
  • Reed, Martin J. (January 4, 2013) "Popular Alabaster restaurant Joe's Italian opening eatery in Montevallo." The Birmingham News
  • Wagner, Neal (July 20, 2015) "Bertolone family turns over reins to Joe’s Italian restaurant." Alabaster Reporter

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