Joe’s Italian Kitchen in Almonte; Forget everything you know about pizza

Joe's Italian Kitchen
Photo credit: Brian Turner
Posted on: December 10, 2019

Almonte’s newest Italian dining spot, Joe’s Italian Kitchen has been packing them in since opening this past summer. It’s located at the bottom of Mill Street in the lower level of the beautifully restored Heritage Mill building at number 7; when you learn the story behind Joe’s, you won’t be surprised. 

Joe’s is the latest offering of famed Joe Princiotta (partnering with another Joe, Joe Price) whose family has been building homes for Ottawa and area residents and caring for their seniors for decades. Throughout every project they’ve imagined, planned, and created, the Princiottas never lost sight of, or their pride in, their Italian heritage. This philosophy flavours every dish and culinary masterpiece you’ll find on the menu at Joe’s Italian Kitchen. But there’s more to their offerings than just traditional Italian cuisine.  The two Joes have brought Pinsa Romana pizzas to the game which will change your pie world forever. Pinsa pizza dough is made from a blend of non-GMO wheat, rice flour and soy flour. Joe’s was the first restaurant in Canada to receive a Pinsaria certification. This dough is lower on sugar, carbs, fat, and calories than traditional pizza dough, is much easier to digest, and is fully vegan. What it’s not short on is flavour and texture. 

My wife and son accompanied me on a recent visit and tried both types of pizza as well as the evening’s pasta special (a well prepared alfredo-style dish with a superb Caesar salad). All pizzas are cooked in a wood-fired oven. My son’s traditional dough pie was a personal 10” flat crust style while my Pinsa Romana came in a rectangular slightly raised cloud of loveliness. It was topped with house-made meatballs, pepperoni, banana peppers, tomato sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Served on a charcuterie board, it was easy to cut while still being firm and crusty and the toppings were just on the neat side of a slippery melted mass of flavour. It was a generous portion for one diner, but as promised it didn’t leave you feeling heavy or bloated. This is how pizza should be and will become your go-to favourite after just one bite. There are over a dozen choices of pie on the menu with everything from sausage and pepperoni to salmon and potato with several different cheeses and a number of pure vegetarian/vegan options. Many of the ingredients used in the kitchen are imported directly from Rome. 

Our bill (with 2 glasses of house wine) came to a reasonable $86 for the three of us (before tip) and even though the place was packed our service was nothing less than outstanding. 

For first-timers, you’ll find the entrance to Joe’s by walking to the extreme end of the building (at the bottom of Mill St.) and then going down the small condo-resident only parking lot to the waterfront. Many of the tables have great views of the falls and riverside patio is open during warmer seasons. They’re open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm and till 10:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and Joe’s is wheel-chair accessible. On-street and municipal parking is available nearby. They also offer catering. You can reach them at 613 256 4033 and can check out their full menu as well as special events at joesitaliankitchen.ca.

Joe’s Italian Kitchen combines the traditions of Italy and the best of newer styles to deliver food you’ll be wanting more of.

Column by Brian Turner