2013: Best Italian at the Beach
2012: Best Italian Food at the Beach
2011: Best Italian (Upscale)
2011: Best Italian Restaurant in Bethany Beach
2010: Best Tiramisu
2010: Best Contemporary Italian Restaurant
2010: Best Italian Restaurant
2010: Best Restaurant in Bethany Beach
2009: Best Upscale Italian Place
2008: Best Upscale Italian Place
789 Garfield Pkwy.
Bethany Beach, DE
From 2013: Chef-owner Lisa DiFebo-Osias of DiFebo’s Modern Italian Grill cooks the food her family loves. That’s everything from classic cheese ravioli in red gravy to grilled mahi mahi topped with capers and artichokes in tomato broth. Have your filet or strip steak crusted in Gorgonzola. Enjoy your veal in a Marsala cream with lumps of crab and mushrooms. Best of all, DiFebo’s is a family affair, so you’ll be treated like family, too.
From 2012: You can still take out subs, steaks and pizzas at DiFebo’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, but it behooves you to stay awhile. Take a seat in the courtyard, then linger over a house favorite like roasted veal medallions topped with lots of fresh crabmeat and mushrooms in a silky Marsala demi-glace. You can’t go wrong with any seafood dish. And the DiFebo-Osias family treats you like family.
From 2010: Training under Tuscan chef Ricardo Tognozzi, Lisa DiFebo had to earn her chops making his secret recipe for tiramisu. She brought the recipe to DiFebo's, and she still keeps the secret. The Old World-stule tiramisu is packed with mascarpone and ingredients Lisa won't share.
DiFebo’s culinary team of Lisa DiFebo-Osias, Ricardo Jimenez, Kevin Richardson, Chris Givons and Jeff Osias prepare contemporary dishes like a risotto of the day. As for its hipness, one need only check out DiFebo’s Facebook page—1,000 friends and growing. There’s a also Dinner To Your Door program. Delicious.
It is hard to choose the best entrées at DiFebo’s. We’ll throw caution to the wind: Try the cavatelli Bolognese, elegant penne tossed with San Marzano tomato and fresh basil, or lobster gemille, a heaping plate of lobster sautéed with roasted red pepper and roasted corn in lobster cream. Not into pasta? Try the veal medallions in a Marsala demi glace.
From 2009: You never know what specials will be offered at DiFebo’s, but they are always fresh, always delicious. The osso buco special combines the main course with pasta and house wine for $21. Chefs win raves for sausage and peppers. The baskets of smelts and bountiful antipasto are both causes for celebration. With its sunny yellow walls, wood floors, chic sconces and contemporary window treatments, family owned DiFebo’s does classy and homey at the same time.
Best of Delaware History:
2013 Best Italian at the Beach, Editors, Downstate
2012 Best Italian Food at the Beach, Editors, Downstate
2011 Best Italian (Upscale), Downstate, Readers (tie)
2011 Best Italian Restaurant in Bethany Beach, Critics
2010 Best Tiramisu, Downstate, Critics
2010 Best Contemporary Italian Restaurant, Downstate, Critics
2010 Best Italian Restaurant, Downstate, Critics
2010 Best Restaurant in Bethany Beach, Critics
2009 Best Upscale Italian Place, Downstate, Readers
2008 Best Upscale Italian Place, Downstate, Readers
2007 Best Upscale Italian Place, Downstate, Readers
2006 Best Restaurant in Bethany, Downstate, Critics
2006 Best Italian Neighborhood Place, Downstate, Readers
2005 Best Upscale Italian Restaurant, Downstate, Readers
2005 Best Bethany/Fenwick Restaurant, Downstate, Readers
2004 Best Antipasti, Critics
2003 Best Upscale Italian Restaurant
2001 Best Casual Italian of Kent and Sussex County, Readers
2001 Best Casual Bethany/Fenwick Restaurant, Readers