Rizzo’s Malabar Inn has been a Crabtree landmark since 1935, when Jerry DeFabo’s grandparents opened a bar and company store on the first floor of their house. Originally, the restaurant was known as the Malabar Inn. In 1954, Rezero (Rizzo) DeFabo, changed the name to Rizzo’s Malabar Inn. The current owner, Jerry DeFabo was actually born in the upstairs living quarters, which is now a dining room.
The DeFabos pride themselves on providing authentic Italian food in a warm, family-friendly environment. The 450-seat restaurant is the site of many banquets, special occasions, and celebrations for families who have been coming back for years.