Thursday, March 02, 2006

Western Kentucky's Best Kept Secret

If you've been following my musings, you know I love a good meal. Recently, I had been assigned to six (or seven, can't recall) trips to Madisonville, Kentucky. It's a small town, with few good food options. The major exception is a little gem of an Italian bistro called DiFabio's Casapela.
The atmosphere is classic Italian: warm, fun, family friendly, almost to the point of tackiness. One wall is plastered with art literally straight from the table. But you feel at home, and that means something when home is 450 miles away. The menu is standard fare - the real gems are their specials. At any time there are 8 or 9 specials on offer, and they are just tremendous. Consider this: Tuna Florentine - pan seared sashimi grade tuna, served with fresh spinach, applewood smoked bacon, gorganzola cheese, red onions, and pine nuts. Finish that with a portion of tiramisu to die for, a cup of coffee and a friendly conversation with the owners, and you forget that you have to go back to a hotel room.

Madisonville is two hours north of Nashville, and less than an hour south of Evansville. They are open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner. If you find yourself within 50 miles, you'll be treating yourself by stopping in.

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4 astute observations :

  1. Marpla-Barcelonauta said...

    Even though more than 30% of argentina´s population is Italian in origin, we don´t have many of these restaurants. I don´t recall ever being in one.

    We never had italian organized crime, like Mafia. I don´tknow why.

  2. richmanwisco said...

    Could depend on where they emigrated from. Organized crime in Italy started in Sicily, and there were many Sicilians in America. If the Italians in Argentina came from northern or even central Italy, then that may help to explain why. Of course you're much better off without it. :)

  3. Anonymous said...

    We dont have that here either ....sounds so yummy!!! But Rome is only 2 hours flight from here :))

  4. Frick said...

    Next time I'm up that way I'll have to try out DiFabio's Casapela.
    One of my other favorites (I too enjoy a good meal)that I ate at last year was Patti's 1880 over in Grand Rivers KY.