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About 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.

2311 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Cross Street:
Jane St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 891-0411

Website:
http://www.difabios.com/

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.

Parking Details:
We have 3-4 parking spaces behind the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus stop 1/2 block west.

Executive Chef:
Caity M. DiFabio

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: (502) 891-0411

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

DiFabio's Casapela Ratings and Reviews

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3
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (20)
Casual (12)
Cozy (12)
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Good for a Date (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Fun (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

This is an unpretentious, neighborhood Italian restaurant. The pastas are dependable and actually the lasagna was very good. A simple wine list that is dependably low priced.
Just not my idea of a worthwhile place for a dinner out. I probably won't be back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Overall the food was good, and they had a lot of gluten free options. Our waitress was really attentive as well. The only issue was we specifically reserved a short table and we were given a high top. It was pretty hard to sit there in my Valentine's dress, but other than that it was a pretty good experience and an excellent value for all we got. We would come back again.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a Wonderful Waitress!! I had a special request and it was Fulfilled and it Made my night even more special!! I would totally Recommend this beautiful restaurant! The food.... THE FOOD WAS SO OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS!!!!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The lasagna was amazing. The service was not great. Server didn't bring us bread until after we ordered appetizers, which I felt was misleading. Additionally, the server only checked on us once throughout the course of our meal and took too long getting us the check and processing payment. It was also stuffy in the restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 5 days ago

The food was amazing. Much better than more expensive Italian restaurants. Very impressed with both the lasagna and Gorgonzola filet. And, honestly, the wedge salad was the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely be coming back.

Only bit of advice I can give is try to grab a table in the main dining area.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

As usual, we had a wonderful evening! Service was great, food was wonderful and ambience can't be beat! We started with the house salad which is a great staple. I tend to always get the lasagna because it is so good. My husband got angel hair pasta with sausage and there was not a speck left. Bread is very good also. Great Valentine's night. Our waitress was friendly and readily available. Loved our night!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (Birmingham)·Dined 5 days ago

Very enjoyable and the food was excellent. Recommend the calamari.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

As usual dinner was excellent. Never ordered the same thing twice and never disappointed. Restaurant was very busy but service was fast without rushing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined 5 days ago

Great ambiance. Food was great too...try the desserts. Gluten free items were much better than most places.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our first time visiting, and we were very impressed! The food was delicious (try the pesto cream sauce!) and the server was attentive. The restaurant is not very spacious, but if you're looking for a cozy atmosphere, this is a great spot!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Frankfort Avenue parking is not great on a Saturday so get there early as you may need to walk a bit. The restaurant is great. Everyone we encountered was kind and helpful. The food and service were great. Will be back!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Consistently delicious and always friendly staff, love DiFabios!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our service was excellent and our food was delicious! This is one of our favorite places. Our table was a little cramped in the back room but we still had an enjoyable meal and dining experience

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Di Fabio's is a great Italian neighborhood restaurant. One of our group is gluten free, and he was happy to find so many GF choices (calamari, pasta, etc.). Everyone enjoyed their choices. Service was very friendly and efficient. Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Very close quarters, felt crammed in at our table. Server was great. Probably won’t go back as the seating was way too tight. The table we were at really should have sat only 2 diners. We were a party of 4.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything here was just fair. We ordered the special appetizer upon recommendation of the server: a baked goat cheese with marinara and house made pita chips. The goat cheese was fine, but the chips were bitter and tasted horrible. We also had the bruschetta, though, which was delicious. My friend ordered veal piccata, was brought chicken piccata that the server realized once it was cut into and switched out. I ordered the chicken piccata, which was chicken but the chicken had no breading on it so must have been for someone who ordered it gluten free, but the server refused to recognize that and told me I was wrong - as she was taking away the obviously breaded piece of chicken piccata served to my friend. My husband ordered pasta with meat sauce (recommended by server) with sausage and a meatball. The meatball was inedible. My father had baked spaghetti, not on the menu but which they fixed because he asked for it. He enjoyed his. The best thing of the night was the bottle of Chianti off of their very limited wine menu. This is a medium priced restaurant that I’m afraid just doesn’t deliver, even if our server was friendly. We were there on a Friday night, and it was busy, even though I was able to make our 6:30 reservations that afternoon.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

First time at DeFabio’s and will definitely return. Liz provided excellent service and suggestions. Bother the goat cheese and marinara as well as the veal piccata were freshly prepared and delicious. As close to Italian home cooking as we have ever had and an excellent value!

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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The first time we went it was very good. This was our second time and the food was a bit dry. Their bread was very good. The room was very loud.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I can't believe I'm just trying this place for the first time! We went for my husband's birthday with a group of six people and everybody loved their food (we all ordered something different). My daughter even tried the escargot and love them too!
Overall a great experience. We will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Great food, great service. I love the Italian Margaritas.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our visits to DiFabio's are always excellent dining experiences. Our server, Jen was outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fun, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Just awesome as usual!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and service! Prices are reasonable . Good wine and beer selection.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were in Louisville for a few days and stopped in with our kids for dinner. After reading positive reviews online, we were hoping for some good pasta. However, what we found was that the pasta was pre-cooked and probably just heated up in boiling water before being served a bit too soft, and the sauces were just mediocre at best. I returned my first dish of pasta because the pasta was overcooked. I asked for it to be al dente, and a few minutes later they came back with a new dish, equally overcooked. Maybe that is how they or their repeat customers like it (which is fine if they do, it's just not how we are used to eating pasta). The cheesy garlic bread was the type you would get at a pizza place - heaps of melted mozzarella cheese. There are very few salad choices (only 2 to be exact), and not a lot for vegans except for overcooked pasta with marinara sauce. The crusty Italian bread was good, and the waitress was kind and attentive. The room in the back (and the main room) was very cold in the freezing temps of the winter. We all ate with our coats on.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food and the service was outstanding. Although it was Christmas Eve, the waitress was very friendly.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was excellent and we had really good service. Space was tight for a larger group. But it was really nice.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 20, 2017

My greatest difficulty was finding parking. (I parked--I think illegally in the back.)
Managing the front steps was a bit of a chore with my relatively newly replaced knee! Is there another entrance for those who are handicapped?

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We often go to DiFabio's because the food is excellent and the service always warm and attentive. (We're local).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Absolute great dining with fantastic service. The chicken marsol was great amd the manacotti was out of this world.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Tough parking, interesting and tasty meal choices. Inside dining was too tight to fully enjoy good conversation with friends though. Will eat there again, but not on a Saturday night.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Good restaurant. I am Italian so be aware that I am hard to wow. I think most people would rate this restaurant a 4 as did the rest of our party!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food great environment I love this place. My favorite restaurant

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy, Great Beer, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was fantastic as usual. Love this place!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 19, 2017

First time trying this restaurant, was fabulous enjoyed the pasta very much, would go back anytime.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We enjoyed our recent Saturday dinner at DiFabio's. We made a reservation a few days ahead, and were seated in the back dining room (not the main dining space). Even though the room was small, only about 4-5 tables, it was loud when other diners were speaking enthusiastically to each other, making it hard to hear my husband across the table. Service was very good, our server checked on us frequently. The kitchen was a bit slow, it took quite a while to get our entrees. But we were pleased with our food when it came, and would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We adore this place. The staff knows us by name! Always get the special it's fantastic and a great option for great food and wine at wonderful pricing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Such a good restaurant. Everything from the bread to the entree was absolutely delicious

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Traffic made us late, but they were understanding when we called to tell them we would be a few minutes late. Food and service was great. This is one of our favorite Italian spots.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in a room with only 5 two top tables. We waited a fair amount of time to have our waitress greet us, that was only after she went to all of the other tables (who were already seated and had ordered) and we motioned her over asking if she was our server. She responded she was but not in a very friendly manner and while gritting her teeth asked us if we wanted something to drink. The service got better, but it was my first time there and it had been years since my companion had gone. I asked why it had been so long, he responded saying it wasn't anything to write home about. There are plenty of other Italian restaurants who do it better, friendlier, and even though I tip 20% (which she got from me) I don't need to go back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Unfortunately we were not seated in the main dining room. Our accommodations were not very comfortable. Service was very slow. Our waiter was not very attentive. I would insist on table in main dining room next time. My leftovers were better than the original meal. I have had two other experiences here that were much better. I was embarrassed for the new folks I brought this night.

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