21 Weatherly Club Dr., Alabaster
This restaurant, near the entrance to Weatherly in the Pelham/Alabaster area, has been getting a lot of good buzz on the local Internet boards for authentic Italian food, with good pizza and pasta, in a nice casual atmosphere. Reports are the parking lot is packed practically every night and Friday nights are SRO. Joe's traces its origins to Joe's Italian Restaurant, which was established in 1981 in Gilroy, Calif., by Giuseppe and Elvira Bertolone, who emigrated from Italy in 1977. Joe's quickly became a beloved local icon. In 2007, they sold the restaurant and retired in Alabama, where the family opened a new restaurant. A July 2009 City Scene review gave high marks to tomato-basil soup, lasagna bianca (Italian sausage and turnips between tender layers of fresh pasta covered in a silky white sauce), papardelle al Gamberi (with shrimp and pesto-cream sauce), pizza, lobster ravioli. "Great food at a reasonable price in a sometimes boisterous, always kid-friendly, definitely fun atmosphere."