If you've never eaten at restaurateur John David DiCapo's drive-through dining concept, Italian Gardens To Go, you better hurry. Like...now. Today is the final day for the two-year-old venue at 7121 N.W. Barry Road. And DiCapo started giving away free food — spaghetti and meat sauce, lasagna, pizza — at 11 a.m. "We're giving away 150 pieces of lasagna, 80 slices of pizza, Italian steaks," says DiCapo, the son of the iconic Carl DiCapo, longtime co-owner of the Italian Gardens Restaurant at 11th and Baltimore — torn down several years ago and replaced by a parking garage.
DiCapo says he's serving the free food until they've run out of everything. DiCapo says the Barry Road restaurant is closing for several reasons, but primarily because his lease ended today. "We chose not to renew the lease," says DiCapo, "after the expansion of the Quik Trip in the same complex. They blocked our access. I need to find a location where we can be for 50 years. So we're closing up to find a better spot."
Carl DiCapo will be on hand as well, encouraging drive-through diners to put a little cash in two Salvation Army buckets.