Joe shall return

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Joe Vitale works on the tractor outside his restaurant on Hwy 17 in Aledo.

Joe Vitale is not tired of retirement. He enjoyed it, he says, but he is going to come back to his old restaurant soon. The building is undergoing some major renovations. The new name will either be Joe's Trattoria or Trattoria.

One thing that won't change -- the inside partially finished mural. It's been there as a conversation piece with people in a horse drawn wagon with no hands and no reins, horses with no hooves, for more than 38 years.

"For sentimental reasons" Joe says he will not have the mural finished. "The lady who made it was very special to me," he said.

Joe Vitale has been serving pizza in Aledo for nearly 40 years.