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Defalco's Italian Deli and Grocery

This family-owned Italian culinary hub located on Scottsdale Road is best known for its deli and grocery, but also contains a casual sit-down dining area, DeFalco's Italian Eatery. This neighborhood joint makes its pasta sauces in-house and serves them with gnocchi, five kinds of pasta, lasagna, four-cheese stuffed shells, chicken parmigiana, and cheese and meat ravioli. In true Italian-American style, DeFalco's also has simple pizzas and calzones, both available in two sizes. Try any combination with the Italian sausage, which is made fresh in the restaurant. There's not a single bad thing on the menu, but when in doubt, ask the employees which sandwich or dish turned out to be especially delectable that day -- maybe the meatballs are extra tender, or the cheesesteak is perfectly juicy. DeFalco's also has some great desserts, including a crispy, flaky cannoli with ricotta filling, diced cherries, chocolate chunks, and a dash of cinnamon.
Meagan Simmons
Details
  • Price: $, $$
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Outdoor seating: Sidewalk tables
  • Alcohol: Beer/Wine
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Parking: Lot available
  • Extra Services: Catering
  • Takeout: