It’s smallish, and there’s a good 25 yards of gravel between the patio and Perkins Road. Drive too fast near the overpass, and you’ll miss it. Opened in 1987 by Italian fratelli John and Fred DiGiulio and a friend, Richard Cole, this intimately lit café boasts a strong following from the Hundred Oaks, Garden District and Southdown’s contingents. The faithful are addicted to the delicious Italian-American menu developed by John DiGiulio and the attractive, convivial wait staff that brings it on.
From daily fresh fish dishes to classics like “five-cheese lasagna with a meatball”, veal marsala and hand-tossed pizzas, this menu far surpasses the term “café” in the restaurant’s name. With a dozen wines and bottled beers, plus cocktails, the bar at DiGiulio’s is a slightly limited but off-beat and relaxing place to grab an after-work drink. To get a table at this popular eatery, you ought to show up early anyway.
DiGiulio’s serves up Italian-American classics in a lively and intimate atmosphere. It’s got friendly, attentive service, a good wine selection and a feel like you’ve been going there for years.
It is so rare that even the highest-end restaurant strikes this delicate balance of down-home feel and belly-satisfying classics, but DiGuilio’s does it with aplomb.