DeFalco's Italian Deli and Grocery vs. Giuseppe's on 28th: Classic Lasagna Clash

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Amy Edelen
Lasagna at DeFalco's

Lasagna is the ultimate Italian comfort food -- a delicious multi-layered dish baked with cheese, pasta, tomato sauce, meat, and spices.

We ventured into two local restaurants, Giuseppe's on 28th and DeFalco's Italian Deli and Grocery (coincidentally, both have been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) to see who bakes the best lasagna.

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Amy Edelen
DeFalco's exterior

In This Corner: DeFalco's Italian Deli and Grocery

The Setup: DeFalco's opened its doors in 1972. Geraldo and Judith DeFalco have kept their 100-year-old family recipes alive with the restaurant and passed on their knowledge to their son and current owner, Anthony DeFalco.

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Amy Edelen
DeFalco's counter

DeFalco's is small and usually packed with customers. Several shelves of Italian food, wine, and condiments line the restaurant. Tables are tucked in between the shelves, with a main dining area to the left of the main entrance. There is a patio area in the front of the restaurant if you prefer more space to dine.

The Good: We ordered the meat lasagna ($8.50 for a half) which was served with four cheeses, sausage, and red sauce. The cheese was plentiful. A side of garlic bread came with the lasagna. For the price, it was a good deal. Also, DeFalco's has a happy hour from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., which features $3 import beers or $1 off a glass of wine.

The Bad: The wait time for food. We waited for more than 45 minutes for our lasagna. Next time, we will call in our order. And the red sauce was a little plain.


Location Info

Defalco's Italian Deli and Grocery

2334 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Giuseppe's on 28th

2824 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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