The new Giuseppe’s in Montrose hits all the right notes. The owners transformed the interior of the old DaFranco’s Italian restaurant to reflect what the Montrose community is all about — family, friends and conversation. They kept the quaint brick-lined coves and wine-barrel motifs, but added long wooden tables, giant mirrors and warm lighting. They also added good, modern, affordable Italian fare.
Owner Michelle Capozzoli is the daughter of Bob and Patricia Capozzoli, proprietors of the former Giuseppe’s in Glendale, so Italian food is in her blood. She and her partners, Anthony Santillo and Alex Venneri, are committed to using fresh and homemade ingredients. At Giuseppe’s, the marinara is homemade, the meatballs and sausages are homemade, the salad dressings are homemade and all the breads and crusts are made fresh daily. Our waitress told us they’ve been known to put a sign on the door saying “closed for two hours” so they could let fresh pizza dough rise. That’s fresh.