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Goodfella’s Staff Spotlight: The Auerbach Family

Another Family within our family: Tesla Auerbach, Evan Auerbach and Cassidy Auerbach Caban
 What’s your position at Goodfellas? 
Tesla: Counter- Front of House
Evan: Pizza Maker
Cassidy: Server



How long have you been with the Goodfella’s family?
T: Three years
E: Six years
C: Six years
What do you love most about your job? 
T: I love the people that I work with the most! It is like working with family!
E: The busy atmosphere & working with good people.
C: I love seeing the “regular” customers – they are so friendly and loyal and it makes the job interesting.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
T: I enjoy going to the 
beach when I am not working
E: I enjoy spending time with my wife and three sons.
C: I enjoy spending time with my family as well as going to the beach or the springs
What is your favorite item on the Goodfella’s menu?
T: Baked Ziti
E: Chicken Francese with Spinach
C: Chicken Romano

Goodfella’s Staff Spotlight: Melissa Peltz and Kaitlynn Sprague!

This time we spotlight another family within our family, mother and daughter Melissa Peltz and Kaitlynn Sprague!

Full Name:

Melissa Peltz
Kaitlynn Sprague


Position Held:

Melissa: Manager & Server

Kaitlynn: Counter – Hostess

How long have you been with the Goodfella’s Family?

Melissa: Seven Years

Kaitlynn: One year

What do you love most about your job?

Melissa: How we are all family and treated as such! It is a comfort to be loved and cared for by great bosses and a great Company.

Kaitlynn: I love how family oriented Goodfella’s is.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Melissa: I enjoy spending time with my family, a great book and cup of coffee!

Kaitlynn: I like to spend time with my daughter, singing & relaxing by the pool.

What is your favorite item on the Goodfella’s Menu?

Melissa: Chicken Parmesan & Baked Meatballs.

Kaitlynn: Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken.

Goodfella’s Staff Spotlight: Steph and Joe Pescatello

It’s been a while since we’ve held a spotlight to our staff, so we thought we’d bring it back! We are all about the family here at Goodfella’s, and our next two spotlights feature families within our family. First, say hi to wife and husband, Steph and Joe Pescatello!

Full Name:

Stephanie Pescatello and Joseph Pescatello

Position Held:

Steph and Joe: Servers

How long have you been with the Goodfella’s Family?

 Steph and Joe: Five Years

 What do you love most about your job?

 Steph: Since moving to Florida, Goodfella’s has truly become more of a ‘family’ – from the amazing people I work for & with, to the loyal ‘regular’ customers and their families. I am proud to be part of the Goodfella’s team!

 Joe: It is refreshing to work in a place that has enormous pride in doing business the right way! Our customers have become like family, dining with us every week and sometimes, multiple times a week. There is a genuine mutual love and respect between all the employees, customers and ownership that is not at all common in our industry. At Goodfella’s we have the best customers in that they truly appreciate the family atmosphere, people we are & business we run.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

Steph: I enjoy spending time with my husband outside of the ‘office’. We have a lot of hobbies but you will usually find us at Disney World!

Joe: If I’m not in the garden you can find me on an adventure with my wife at Disney! Disney is a staple for us but anytime I’m with my sunshine I’m a happy man.

What is your favorite item on the Goodfella’s Menu?

Steph: Such a tough question! Tortellini Josephine & Chicken Divan, also Chef Mike’s Creamy Chicken, Broccoli & White Bean soup.

Joe: Tortellini Josephine

Stay tuned for the next spotlight!

Capo d’Orlando

Orlando is a car ride away from Goodfella’s here in Debary, but it’s not the only place with the name Orlando.

There is, in fact, a town in northeastern Sicily called Capo d’Orlando. It is now well renowned for its coastal landscapes, a view of the Aeolian Islands on the horizon, and spectacular sunsets.


photo by Erm67, via Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0.

Unlike many of the cities and towns in Italy, Capo d’Orlando does not have a history reaching into ancient times. The area was largely unsettled throughout written history, apart from a tiny fishing village. The ancient city of Agythrnum might have been located somewhere in the area, but academics still debate the subject today.

As far as we know, Capo d’Orlando didn’t begin its modern rise to prominence until the 1920s, when the village was elevated to the status of a comune and a train station was built. Over the following decades, Capo d’Orlando grew into the tourist center it remains today. Travelers enjoy the beautiful coastline views on one side of the town and the majestic Nebrodi Mountains on the other.

Dinner is Served!

Once again, we want to thank everyone who came out to Goodfella’s for our first sold out dinner party and wine pairing. We had an amazing time. We met a lot of great people and we look forward to doing it again!

We are simply continuing a tradition that dates back to antiquity. Dinner parties were frequently subjects of writings as far back as ancient Rome. Many dinner parties (the Romans called them convivia) were recorded for posterity as they included many senators, merchants, and other dignitaries of the time.

Dinner parties became more formal and fancy by the 16th century in England and France.  Texts from that period describe the use of the finest glassware and china, the incorporation of themes, as well as the ritual of the formal invitation and RSVP.

Dinner and wine have been part of our society for millennia. It’s no wonder ours was such a success.

Osso Bucco

Happy Halloween!

Have you reserved your seat for next week’s Wine Pairing Dinner at Goodfella’s?

14566324_1137239506341572_4047556335440338253_o1The fourth course of the dinner is Veal Osso Bucco with Roasted Vegetables with a delicious wine pairing.

Veal shank has been used at least since the 18th century, but the formalized dish Osso Bucco first appears in an Italian cookbook at the end of the 19th century. The dish is agreed by historians to have originated in the northern Italian city of Milan or in the surrounding region, known as Lombardy. The modern dish, including vegetables, began appearing outside of Italy, including America, by the early 20th century. Osso Bucco is a savory delight, and we look forward to serving this special dish for our wine pairing dinner on November 7th at 6:30pm.  Reserve your seat today!

What other courses are you looking forward to?

Fettuccine Alfredo

Mmm. Alfredo sauce. That delicious blend of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Can you think of anything more appetizing, especially when served on fettuccine?


The dish is named after Alfredo di Lelio, an Italian chef who created a variation of the dish (without cream) for his pregnant wife a little over one hundred years ago, in 1914. He would later open restaurants both in Italy as well as America serving his version of the dish. He would gain quite a bit of notoriety for his dish, thanks in part to silent film stars Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford. Dining in his restaurant during their honeymoon in 1920, they loved the dish so much, they raved to their Hollywood friends about it. They even sent a gold fork and spoon to di Lelio engraved with the words “to Alfredo the King of the noodles” as an expression of gratitude.


fettuccini_alfredoTo this day, restaurants in Italy serve the dish without the cream, usually calling the dish pasta al burro, or pasta with butter. The cream was added to the recipe stateside after di Lelio brought his vision of the dish to America. The creamy version is now the standard in Italian-American restaurants, including our mouth-watering version here at Goodfella’s.


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Nevertheless, Alfredo di Lelio is credited with his heavy butter version of the dish. However, a simpler version of pasta, butter, and Parmesan cheese dates all the way back to the 15th century to a man who may arguably be considered Europe’s first celebrity chef. Martino da Como was a famous culinary genius in his time. He made his career throughout Italy, cooking for the Cardinal Patriarch of Aquileia in Rome, followed by a Milanese aristocrat, then finally making his way to the Vatican. He wrote a famous cookbook, Libro de Arte Coquinaria (The Art of Cooking), which was published circa 1465. In his book, he makes reference to a dish that contains pasta, butter, and Parmesan cheese. For what it’s worth, you can find the text of the book online in the original Italian.


We invite you to stop in today at Goodfella’s and order our Fettuccine Alfredo! We don’t have a gold fork and spoon to accompany the dish, but we’d be delighted to pair the dish with some wine!

Italian Wines

Most wine drinkers know that Italy is one of the most important and prolific producers of wine. Italy, in fact, produces the most wine in the world these days (France also tops the list), responsible for roughly one-third of global wine production. Their dominance in viticulture goes back millennia.

The Greeks brought wine production on a large scale first to Sicily and Southern Italy, spreading northwards over the coming centuries. It was the Romans, though, who refined the process, innovating new techniques, and experimenting with different grape combinations. Further variations were perfected in specific regions of the country.

Today, Italians recognize several classifications of wine from dozens of different grape varieties grown in a multitude of regions. The intricate details of all these different kinds of wine can be a daunting task to explore, many people wouldn’t know where to begin!

Allow us here at Goodfella’s of Debary to make it simple. We will be hosting a 5 course wine pairing dinner on Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm. The pre-fixe menu will be paired with exceptional wines for you to enjoy! This is a reservation-only event and space is limited, so reserve your seats today via email at caitlin@goodfellasitalianrestaurant.com.  Seats are $50 per person.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Wine

It’s common knowledge that humanity has been making and consuming wine for a long time. In fact, it’s been longer than some of us think.

The earliest scientifically-assessed evidence for wine dates back almost 8,000 years! It was found in the Zagros Mountains in the country now known as Georgia, which is in the part of the world right in the intersections of Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Other evidence has been found nearby in Armenia and Iran, dating back 6,000-7,000 years.

wineCivilizations and empires such as the Phoenicians spread outward into the world, and they brought their love of wine with them. Egyptians, the Greeks, later the Romans each developed their wine cultures over the coming millennia. Nowadays different regions exist all over the world with multitudes of varieties of grape (not to mention other fruits such as cherries or ‘wines from starches such as rice and barley), and their own methods of production, leading to many different kinds of wine.

Next time, we’ll take a look at, of course, Italian wines. In the meantime, visit us at Goodfella’s and enjoy a bottle of wine from our new bar!

Have you seen our new expansion?

Our expansion is now open, you need to come in and see it!<br /><br />We’ve been under construction the last few months, but the wait has been worth it. We opened the new section last week. It features extra seating and a bar!<br /><br />Our new space is a great space to host a private event. <a href=”http://goodfellasitalianrestaurant.com/contact-directions/”>Contact us</a> at <strong>Goodfella’s</strong> to help you with your event and catering.