DiFabio's Casapela
DiFabio's Casapela

DiFabio's Casapela

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.difabios.com/
  • Phone: 5028910411
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00-10:00 P.M. Friday-Saturday: 5:00-11:00 P.M. Sunday: 4:00-9:00 P.M.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Caity M. DiFabio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a family style catering menu. We also are able to do off-site caterings with at least a week's notice given over the phone.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant is available for private parties seven days a week. Availability is limited and rules and restrictions do apply. Parties must be booked over the phone or in person and there is a spending minimum that will be discussed upon booking.
  • Private Party Contact: Caity DiFabio 5028910411

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jane St
  • Public Transit: Bus stop 1/2 block west.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have 3-4 parking spaces behind the restaurant.
A word from DiFabio's Casapela
Family owned and operated Italian restaurant with traditional Italian cuisine, Lasagna and Chicken Parmigian, and some eclectic items as well, Pan Grilled Salmon and Gorgonzola Filet.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
DiFabio's Casapela reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (15)great for outdoor dining (12)special occasion (8)good for groups (7)romantic (7)fit for foodies (5)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Going back!
    LivinlargeintheVille
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food, great service. Breadsticks blow a large chain Italian restaurant's breadsticks out of the water! Small establishment, so we got to speak with the chef/owner, who was very courteous.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    dddinesout
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Authentic, simple, straightforward, priced-right classic Italian food, that hits the spot. Doesn't taste like the chain food Italian joints, the Chef is cooking from family recipes, it seems. You won't find, eclectic, experimental, fusion, hybrid cuisine, this is simple Italian pasta or tasty lean meats without all the shock jock Chef antics. A great place for neighborhood comfort food at a good price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Underestimate Word of Mouth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A "foodie" friend recommended DiFabios. Based on that, I recommended to my sis. And so on... Everyone enjoyed their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    dmday1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    First time at this restaurant and definitely won't be the last. Everything was great/perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night with my Wife
    JimD
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I went out for date night. This is a restaurant neither of us have visited before, and we are glad we ate there last Friday. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing on the porch, kids dancing to the music...it was not too loud and not too soft. We saw some grandparents taking turns holding a baby while they ate, couples eating...young and old. We met the owner, who was doing everything...seating, serving, cleaning tables. His girlfriend and biz partner was in the kitchen that night running the kitchen. They trade off nights out and in the kitchen. Food was really good, I had the Make your own Pasta and my wife had Chicken Marsala. Great atmosphere, really good food. We will be back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulouso
    Romanticone
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dinner was fabulous as always and outdoor music was awesome as always
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic one
    Romanticone
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Everything about this place was amazing. Entrees were big enough to share. Overall awesome place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Frankfort Avenue Gem
    DiningDawg
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    A great dining experience, especially when you are there before the rest of the dinner crowd. Excellent, attentive service. Salad was very good, with just right on dressing application. Both Lasagne and Chicken Parm were spot on. Bread sticks were habit forming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Fabulous
    MSMRNHTVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The night we attended was our wedding anniversary. Food was fabulous as always PLUS it was 1/2 price appetizers that night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • build your own Pasta
    firejake63
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My self and my date had the build your own pasta and both of our choices were delicious and fulfilling! I had Tortellini w/ Vodka sauce and she had the Ravioli w/ pesto!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 54 reviews are from the DiFabio's Casapela reviews archive.
  • Great food and better service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I had an amazing time at DiFabios with my husband. The food was amazing, and the atmosphere was outstanding. I plan on going back every time I have the chance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian Food
    Christie1213
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We ordered the baked goat and garlic bread for our appetizers. They were both very good. We also had spaghetti, me with marinara and meatballs and my guy with a meat sauce. Both dishes were tasty.... Our waiter wasn't in the mood to wait tables though... the tables are close enough that you could hear other servers and they were great. Ours was terrible. Hopefully, they've identified this and taken care of it so the experience isn't repeated with other patrons. I also thought the restaurant was too dark.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good experience
    foodwhispererVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food is delicious and staff very friendly at an unpretentious place. We've had everything on the menu. The special appetizer, lobster macaroni, was as good as Capital Grille's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great home style Italian food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Great home style Italian food. Very cozy, great prices and always top notch service. Justin is a fantastic server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Filets!
    LKY512
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I am trying to stay away from pasta but love to try the different filets at DiFabio's. They are always cooked perfectly and are some of the best I've had. The breadsticks here are delicious, and the house salad is very nice. I always enjoy this place. Nothing pretentious, just really good food!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    Thomas
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    It is difficult to find a decent place to eat in Louisville that has reservations available for 4 at 7:00! We stumbled across this gem through open table and are glad we did. The food is fabulous! Great Italian meals at a reasonable price. The setting is not overly fancy but, if you are looking for excellent homemade Italian in a quaint old home, come here!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent authentic Italian food
    Edinlou
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food and service was very good to excellent and moderately priced. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our meal was excellent and
    Reggie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our meal was excellent and we had great service. Meal was a little lengthy but it was nicely timed for Valentine's Day when we were there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was so so...not notable..brusc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Food was so so...not notable..bruschetta was like a pizza sauce with cheese stick. Has the salmon, little overcooked. My wife had the shrimp scampi asked for light butter. Portions were small.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently FABULOUS
    MSMRNHTVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    If you like salmon, give their's a try - It's wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DiFabio's always turns it out
    wag711
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This is one of our go-to places when we decide on a Saturday morning or afternoon to go out that night. The atmosphere is more about function than ambiance, but the service and food are always impeccable and friendly. The chicken piccata is a favorite, as well as a special salad with citrus vinaigrette. The bread sticks never fail, either. We always keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Service
    MSMRNHTVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    The night we attended the restaurant was slammed...nonetheless, the staff was friendly and attentive. Justin ROCKED IT!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Local Find!
    IHeartWineAndFood
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    There really isn't much I can say about this place other than you have to go there and enjoy it yourself! The service was great and the food was delicious! There were a variety of options to keep everyone in your party happy and the wine list was nice too. I will definitely be going back to this restaurant and if you want some good Italian food at a decent price, you will be too! You'll get a fun little piece of history too. . .it was one of, if not the oldest building on the street! And, watch out for half-priced wine nights :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Italian Gem
    Keith
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    DiFabio's offers a very nice, intimate, reasonably priced dining experience. I would guess it holds less than 50 diners, but if you're one of the lucky ones to be seated at a table, the experience is worth it. While they have a nice wine list, try the "House" wine - don't let the low price scare you off. We had 4 in our party and we each had something a little different. My Veal Piccata was perfect in flavor and portion size and my wife's selection from the design your own pasta of linguine, with the "pink" sauce and meatballs was also very good. Don't miss The Goat appetizer. We have been on a mission to try as many local Louisville restaurants as we can. We will add DiFabio's to our list of restaurants to try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    Traveller
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Dropped by here on a whim. Staff was extremely friendly even when busy. Waiter was awesome. Food was of good quality and tasted fresh. Great wine list for a small place. Was impressed with waiter's knowledge and food-pairing abilities. Service was quick. Noise was a little loud in front (customers); but they left after several minutes. Back seating area was nice. Would definitely return...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Piccata disappointing
    TheDiners
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    This is a dish I normally enjoy, however the offering at DiFabios was disappointing. Whoever prepared the dish had a heavy hand with the pepper - so much so that it was difficult to eat. The others at our table enjoyed their meals. I just made a poor choice. Unless you really love lots of pepper, don't order this!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently excellent
    MSMRNHTVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    This was our 2nd trip. Food was outstanding (again!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta in a casual setting
    Dave
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    This was our first time at the restaurant, but it won't be the last. The service was prompt and friendly, and the food was terrific. I had a special Lobster Ravioli, and would look for it the next time I visit. My wife had Chicken Piccata, and she not only enjoyed, she ate every bite - which rarely happens. Prices are reasonable, and the modest wine list has some nice selections by the glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiter's suggestions were superb
    MSMRNHTVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    DeFabio's had several specials the evening we went. Appetizer was a baked brie --delicious and the port filet was magnificent! We sat outside and to our delight, that area was also non-smoking!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this Place!
    rwh11806
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Food was amazing!! I am a huge Chicken Piccatta fan and DiFabio's does it up right!!! My gf had the spaghetti with a side of meatballs, and the dish was amazing as well. The service was great! Added benefit of sitting outside seeing people venturing up and down Frankfort Ave, and a little acoustic music on the patio. Love DiFabios and I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    I was wo excited to learn that my favorite Italian spot is now open during lunch. They feature the same menu and service as dinner, but now I can bring my lunch dates here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uninspired food
    Yiannis
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Stay away unless searching for uninspired food served by unpleasant waiters
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good
    Travelingfoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    We are always pleased with our meals here. Only problem is I am so hooked on the Picata I rarely try anything else. They have a nice White Sangria that is a nice summer drink.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Pasta & Great Service
    3kingsdineVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    The Pesto cream sauce was a treat( with bacon/onions/mushrooms).....YUM! Thursday is 1/2 price wine night. My husband loved the meat sauce and cannot wait to go back. We also had the goat cheese and calamari appetizers.....everything we had was top notch. Very comfortable, cozy surroundings.....feel free to come in casual wear. Brandon, our server, was helpful with suggestions, and super nice to us( & our kids!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great drinks but very avg food
    MJnMJknowItalian
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    $75 bucks 2 drinks,1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and one desert, you'd be better off going to either the Olive Gdn or the Mac Grill! We were expecting an authentic Italian meal but got an average Italian style meal. We resided in Italy for a year so have an idea of what authentic should be, as well as what would be considered good. We both agreed the meal was about a C. Unless you're a high school kid looking to impress your date by taking her to a fancy Italian restaurant take a pass on this one. If you're a foodie, you'll be disappointed! Louisville probably has better to offer I hope...MJ & MJ from ATL.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and atmosphere were
    John
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    The food and atmosphere were enjoyable. Had a pleasant time. Nice front porch to have a drink on.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything was yummy! Very
    foodwhispererVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Everything was yummy! Very good waiter. Attentive and interested maitre d. Great price point for those of us who eat out a lot. Appreciate the dedication to the food and drink without the snootiness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food at a moderate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Delicious food at a moderate price. We had outstanding service and will definitely make this one of our favorite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went on a Sunday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    We went on a Sunday night and had a great experience. On Sunday's they have half price appetizers and drinks. Our appetizers (the Baked Goat and mushroom caps) were delicious. The salad that comes with all of the entrees family style was also very good. All of the food for adults and the food for our kids was devoured! Our waiter was very helpful and attentive as well. We will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had such high hopes. Bruschetta
    dinergirlVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Had such high hopes. Bruschetta was delicious and the salad was terrific. The entrees, however, just weren't good. I had veal Parmesan. Veal had no flavor and red sauce was too acidic. Veal was tender, on the plus side. Husband had pasta with sauce and sausage. Again, sauce too acidic. Pasta water was not salted which added to the lack of flavor.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate