Who: DeFalco’s Italian Eatery, Deli, and Grocery
What: Italian Restaurant with authentic Italian Groceries
Where: 2334 N Scottsdale Road, Suite 133A, Scottsdale, Arizona 85257
When: Monday – Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-9pm
Why: I’m not the only one in love with Defalco’s Italian Deli and Grocery. Guy Fieri visited this great landmark in Scottsdale for his show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. A show I am deeply in love with, of course. I’m still waiting to see the episode on Defalco’s but in the meantime, I’ll give a little explanation of why this restaurant caught the attention of our Food Network friend.
This is one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to; bar none. As an Italian girl, I love mozzarella, marinara, and meatballs. DeFalco’s has an amazing recipe for their marinara sauce which is not too heavy on the garlic, good mix of basil and salt, and there’s no overuse of olive oil here.
When I visit one of my favorite Italian restaurants ever, DeFalco’s, I get a calzone. Now, they say the calzone is 10 or 16 inches but the 10 inch calzone is easily 12-14 and the 16, well, let’s just say about 4 people could eat off it. I took a picture of HALF of a 10 inch calzone along with the huge dish of sauce they give you. The cheesy behemoth is filled with ricotta, mozzarella, and any toppings you want. The dough is delicious and crunchy. They also add the cornmeal to the outside which I really love. And it’s all made to order. I can only eat half when I’m really starving.
They have tons of toppings as well. I like spinach and chicken or spinach and ham. Anyway I can disguise veggies in my food is a good food for me. When you take the calzone home, which you certainly will if you’re not sharing, there are a few good ways to heat it up. I suggest about 1:30 in the microwave and about 10 minutes in a toaster oven or regular oven on broil/toast. I find it heats up the inside while also maintaing the crunch of the dough. A meal that covers both lunch and dinner? Get the calzone; it’s worth it.
I’ve also had the ravioli and the lasagna. Each come with a garlic roll and a hefty portion of food. I always take home a doggie bag from DeFalco’s. The other picture shows the marinated artichoke salad and the lasagna. I love that they drown the lasagna in their homemade sauce. I can’t get enough of the sauce. It also gives you lots of dipping room from the big garlic roll they give you. Both the ravioli and the lasagna are fresh and homemade. It doesn’t have that strange aftertaste that some commercial pastas have.
I also only buy my mozzarella from DeFalco’s. The mozzarella in the stores here in Arizona always tastes like plastic. It’s shrink wrapped and not fresh and processed. Fresh mozzarella from DeFalco’s is the best in Arizona. It’s creamy and falls apart in your mouth. It also tastes amazing on a ritz cracker. It’s also made constantly there and isn’t full of preservatives and chemicals. Just good old milk curds. If you’re like me and you’re dying for authentic, Italian cooking that fills your belly for hours while sending your tastebuds for a swirl, check out DeFalco’s in Scottsdale.