Left to Right: Jerry, and his two sons Rizzi & Jerry Jr.
One of the best restaurants, at least Italian-wise in my opinion, is Rizzo’s Malabar Inn. Tucked in Crabtree, it has been in business since 1935 when the grandparents of Jerry DeFabo opened up a store and bar on the first floor of their house. In the beginning the restaurant was known as the Malabar Inn. 19 years later, in 1954 Rezero DeFabo changed the name to Rizzo’s Malabar Inn. Actually, the current owner of the restaurant, Jerry DeFabo was actually born in the upstairs of the establishment, which has been turned into a dining room. Fast forward to 2013 the resturant is ran by Jerry’s sons, Jerry Jr. and Rizzi, the fourth generations to work in the family. Each son brings their own expertise to the business. Jerry Jr. makes and markets a special line of spaghetti sauces and frozen pasta products whereas Rizzi runs the catering business and coordinates special events at the restaurant. Rizzo’s Malabar Inn has always been a great restaurant. Centered on family and community, most of the families in crabtree have some connection to the restaurant whether having worked there or just giving them business. Probably the best place I can think of to eat. If you haven’t been there yet, make it a priority!!
Address to Rizzo’s Malabar Inn:
126 Rizzo Rd
Crabtree, PA 15624