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About Donna DiFiore

Gourmet casual dining awaits you at Delectables Restaurant & Catering seven days a week. We serve lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and cater throughout the whole city. Live music Friday and Saturday evenings 7pm-10pm. Delectables is proud to have been recognized in the Tucson Weekly in the best of catering category.

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5

I have known Donna for almost thirty years and in that time I can tell you Donna IS Delectables! Everything she does is an extension of the restaurant and catering service she provides, the people she has working WITH her as teammates, the clean and immaculate quality of the food the Donna and the Delectables staff provides, all of these are who Donna is. In the thirty years I have known Donna, I have worked for Donna at Delectables, I have been a catering client and a patron of her restaurant, in every experience I have felt that the restaurant was like a living breathing entity that is nurtured and cared for by Donna and the carefully selected staff that become family. Unlike other local business owners Donna has a lot of trust in her fellow workers, she does not micromanage and she delegates an immense amount of responsibility to her staff. The result of this freedom and responsibility is experienced upon every visit to Delectables. Her waitstaff greats and treats you as if you have arrived in their own homes. The warmth felt through this is intentional and an extension of Donna's own hospitable nature. Her chef and cooks prepare the catering and restaurant food for visitors with this same warmth. Delectables truly is like no other locally owned restaurant in Tucson. Donna has been the paradigm of woman as business owner for me, as well as the paradigm of hospitality both internally and externally at Delectables. I am proud to know her, I love the food both in and out of the restaurant, and I would recommend Delectables to anyone of my friends, for ambience, warm and professional service and the "delectable" food.See MoreRead Less"

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5

Donna is the heart and soul of Delectables. I met her well over a decade ago at a catered luncheon put on for one of the schools where I taught. School teachers love free lunches and this food was beyond exquisite. Donna was there to oversee the entire affair, making sure that everything was done to her high standards. She is personable, friendly, caring and has a wicked sense of humor once you get to know her - but on the job she is always professional. She cares - maybe that's the secret ingredient that sets her apart - you can tell she cares with every fiber of her being not just how her food is being received but also whether everything she sells is worthy of carrying her name.

I am less mobile now so I don't make as many trips downtown. I do miss the vibrancy of 4th Ave, and I miss Delectables. This is one of the few places where the vegan food and the meals with meat are both well worth ordering. Too many places specialize in one area, and really just toss together a few pallid option for the other. Delectables serves a strong variety of foods for different needs which is another reason why we went there so often. Now that I have a few friends who are on gluten free diets I know where to take them when we're downtown.

Every time I have eaten at Delectables Donna takes a few minutes to drop by our table and just catch up with all of us. Belated thanks for all of your wonderful years of delicious food, and warm sunny smiles, Donna! May the next few decades hold even more
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5

When I first came to Tucson I remember seeing this quaint little place on 4th Ave, Delectables. I passed the place a number of times thinking how I wanted to work there, one day. I finally went in, resume in hand and began talking to a lovely woman, that was Donna. After some months I was finally able to secure a job cooking. I found Delectables to be an amazing place filled with interesting and creative people. After sometime I found my niche and really came to find my work quite enjoyable. Donna blew my away with her focus and strong work ethic and with a genuine fun involved. I knew she was the boss but never felt her over power me with directive but rather would jump in and play as we did our tasks. Donna really let creativity fly... sometimes to our dismay... but Donna would just take it in stride. I have so much respect and admiration for Donna DiFiore. She provides an oasis from the struggles on the street. She includes everyone and pets. Donna's flare for creativity, fun and family are outstanding and this includes the great food, service, music and atmosphere. Thank you Donna for giving Tucson a quaint place to escape the street.See MoreRead Less"

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5

My family have been enjoying Delectables on 4th for at least 20 years! My favorites off the menu are, Greek Tomato Salad, 2001 Sampler, and the Waldorf Chicken Salad platter! A favorite of my daughters is the turkey on croissant with melted havarti cheese! Yum!
Delectables has been our go to restaurant for a late dinner after attending Arizona Theatrenor the Opera!
Donna and her staff are always friendly and attentive. Over the years Donna as donated to many local charities. I have on several occasions stopped I. To request a gift certificate for groups I help with fund raisers such as The West University Neighborhood Association, southernArizona Aids Foundation and The Arizona Theatre Company.
Not only do we enjoy dining at Delectables for lunch and dinner, we have trusted our catering needs to Donna. Our latest catering function was an afternoon garden party for the Rogue Theatre.. The catering crew were wonderful, prompt and attentive to my guests.

Thank you Donna for being such an important part of Tucson and we hope you are there another 20 years!

Cathy , Bob, Nd Jessica Morrison
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5

YI worked with Donna 5 week period as new hire. It was temporary, due to the errors on my part, permanant status denied.
My experience was great, Donna's consistent high expectations of quality and service, and sense of urgency kept the staff giving the best effort on first attempts.
The food produced always beautiful presentations, fresh ingredients, and uncompromised quality upon return.
To ensure food cost average stay low, nothing is thrown away, but considered for any "special" as way to avoid waste.
I was inspired to practice more business minded thoughts and actions, realizing profit is more successful with carefully checking factors.
Able to manage decisions and employees, even through chaos... keeping same calm , firm, and professional. Taking it one thing at a time and loosing face, giving the the team comfort, assurance and working efficently. I find Donna's accomplishments and successful years in this business, to be very impressive and inspirational for my own success.
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5

Donna has created a community treasure with Delectables. Delectables has great food and a comfortable atmosphere -- I particularly like the outdoor patio. There are fabulous fresh salads and soups, and the desserts are exceptional.

But Donna brings more than food and space to downtown Tucson. She has been an active volunteer with the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association in advocating for the best downtown we can have. She is more than generous with donations of platters to nonprofits around the area -- she is a leader in the Tucson culture of everyone helping everyone succeed.

I've benefited from Donna's generosity to community nonprofits and have seen her in action with FAMA. And of course have had to take additional exercise classes because of her great food. She is an integral part of Tucson.
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5

Donna is a force in Tucson that few can't be match. She's not only been a constant presence on 4th ave for over 20 years but her community service is unparalleled. Delectables On Fourth's food is AMAZING!!! She has great rotating specials that will tempt your taste buds. While the savory dishes are amazing the sweets are EVEN BETTER.... Delectables On Fourth has pastries that will give your sweet tooth a reason to smile. To try to describe the desserts just wouldn't be fair. You MUST go in and try them. On top of all of this Delectables On Fourth will bring all of this yummy to your next party and they cater too!!!
If you haven't visited Delecatbles On Fourth you're truly missing out. Get down, make a day out of it. Grab some food and wine from Delectables and then get out and explore Fourth Ave.
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Supporting JDRF is an amazingly easy and necessary activity for all of us in the world; not just the Tucson community. Errin works tirelessly for this organization and you are appreciated. Thanks for what you do. My restaurant was involved with a "shoe" fundraiser and enjoyed participating.

Your Friend
5

My relationship with Delectables began as a teenager: it was there that I insisted my birthday meals be held, as the food and ambience couldn't be topped...and I'm still loyal!
As a restaurant, Donna and her loyal team are constantly finding fresh new ways of presenting themselves and their menu! As a catering service, they also ensure a memorable event with freshly-prepared and delicious food. Delectables also scores very high in my book as a relaxing place to meet with friends over drinks, all the while showcasing Tucson's best live music and artists.
For all of these reasons, this restaurant remains an institution in an ever-changing 4th Avenue/Tucson restaurant scene because Donna DiFiore keeps giving diners everything they want.
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5

It was many years ago (the mid '70's), when I first met Donna at Delectables. As well as being a patron, I also performed live music there. The fact that she is still there is self explanatory. Donna was always bright, up-beat, a fabulous server and, above all, kind. I was then living in Tucson, although I am a Canadian long since returned to the country of my origin, with fond memories of many enjoyable experiences at Delectables On Fourth. A friend of mine is soon to leave on a trip to Tucson, so Donna's name recently came up in my conversation with her. She will be certain to drop in and introduce herself to Donna if she happens to be there at the same time.See MoreRead Less"

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5

Donna is a wonderful person, who cares about her friends, her customers and just as importantly, her family. She is an honest, hard working individual and strives to make sure her clients and customers are satisfied. I highly recommend her as owner of Delectables On Fourth and she can be counted on. I am an extended family member and have had the pleasant opportunity to get to know her during a visit after a family loss. I felt like I knew her for years after the first "Hello". She was a strong individual and showed her support when her family needed a shoulder at that time. Meet with her, and visit her place, and you will see what I mean.See MoreRead Less"

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5

I love dining at Delectables on Fourth. The food and the service is always outstanding and I love that I can enjoy a great meal in an environment where I can actually hold a conversation with my friends. Too many restaurants are so noisy that you can't enjoy the folks you are dining with. Their guacamole is to die for and I am always torn between their salmon and chicken picatta. Donna and Chris bend over backwards to ensure that everything is top rate and I really love how they support the community. I give Delectables 5 stars for good food, great atmosphere, and fabulous times.See MoreRead Less"

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5

There is no finer woman and resturantuer than Donna. Her heart and soul goes into every facet of her business, Delectables. Donna's commitment to her customers and staff is bar none exceptional. She is a woman driven to lead and achieve while maintaing a fair and equitable disposition to those whom she serves.
Cornerstone to Delectables longevity has been Donnas willingness to adapt to market trends while sustaining delectables essence; consistently deliver fresh, flavorful, local creations that are visually appealing and artfully presentecd. Top notch all the way around. See MoreRead Less"

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5

I've been going to Delectables since the late 1970s when it was actually across the street from its current location. In those days, it was the only decent place to get a tall, strong iced coffee to start your day off. Delectables is a classic, comfortable eatery, a great place to wine and dine on 4th Avenue with its unique menu of cheese and meat boards, salads and soups. Donna welcomes all who walk through her door and keeps diners coming back with her friendly, open smile and spirit.See MoreRead Less"

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5

Back in 1976-1979 I spent most of my days at Delectables, eating, drinking, talking to Donna. She had recently purchased it from the previous owner. We got to know her and respect what she was doing. Over the years we have continued to eat there and always felt that the food, the ambiance, the patio, the music, continue to make this place a Tucson institution. Donna was always welcoming, friendly and kept very high standards. Tucson would be an emptier place without Delectables!See MoreRead Less"

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5

Donna exemplifies a professional smart restaurateur, owner operator with years of grounded and effective experience. A swift decision maker, with a non nonsense approach, and well respected by her employees and her peers. I have worked with Donna professionally for many years within the finance and consulting field, and know her to be everything she sets out to be and do. One word: Outstanding!

Debbie Chandler
Business Consultant
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5

I've known Donna for umpteen years as a great restauranteur. She was my oldest daughter's mentor and boss for many years. Her ethics and her food are wonderful. I live an hour away so I don't get there often, but when I do it is a rare treat! It is not by chance that she has lasted all this time while other restaurants come and go. Keep up the wonderful ambiance and great food! People, go eat and enjoy at Delectables! GinaSee MoreRead Less"

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5

Wow, What can I say! Delectables is like a comfort food. It's a restaurant now with the locals where you can get a fresh & unique salad, a brie cheese sandwich and a wonderful glass of wine. The service is always with a smile and Donna, the owner is seen greeting her guest and making sure everything is just right. I host a B&B in the university area and Delectables is one 4th ave. Must!!
Cheers,
Nancy Avery
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5

Dining at Delectables is always a comfortable and delicious experience. This is testament to the care and attention Donna puts into every detail of this business; from menu and wine selection, to staff, everything always comes off without a hitch. I started eating at Delectables long before Donna became a personal friend, but once I got to know her, it made perfect sense why her restaurant was so good.See MoreRead Less"

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Your Friend
5

Delectables is a moderately priced restaurant with consistently good food and excellent service. I was recently there with a group of nine and everybody's food arrived hot. If you haven't tried Delectables, you should. It won't take you long to see the difference between a chain restaurant and one where the owner's personal standards are evident."

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5

I have eaten at Delectables for years and they catered my wedding. The food at the restaurant is always excellent and the service great. The food they catered for my wedding reception was very good and delivered on time with excellent service. Donna was very knowledgeable and helpful in planning the menu and setting up the reception."

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5

I have enjoyed going to Delectables for years now - not only because the food is wonderful (the crab cakes are to die for!) but because you always feel welcome there. Donna will greet you at the door with her awesome smile and the rest of the staff is just as friendly. I highly recommend Delectables to everyone!"

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5

Love Delectables and Donna! Always outstanding food, wonderful service and great ambiance. Donna is so gracious and never fails to make you feel comfortable. We have known Donna and Delectables for many years and will always consider it one of our very favorite places to eat when we're in town."

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Your Friend
5

Love the quiche, is it my favorite! Excellent patio, great music regulars, revolving art in side and have you seen the new dessert case? They even offer breakfast on the weekends and expanded late night hours for drinks etc. and the catering is out of this world the perfect relaxed venue."

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5

Donna and all the staff at Delectables are so friendly and provide the best service around. I always leave feeling satisfied and looking forward to my next visit. I highly recommend Delectables to anyone who is looking for great food, great service and a great all around experience."

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5

Over the years, I've never been disappointed in any time with Delectables, in any way! And particularly, I'm impressed with the food and Donna's personable management style and how it carries to the entire staff!! Thanks for the great years!!! Bill 'billy shears' Ball { :o)>"

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5

In all of my years of doing design and marketing for small businesses I have never found anyone as good at dealing with the public and having top quality employees that work as a team. Donna is truly the finest business person I have ever dealt with."

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Anne has created all of my print ads, banners, menus and flyers for at least 30 years. She represents the spirit of Delectables perfectly every time. The beauty of her work shines thru and captures the message I want to send. My interaction with Anne initially was as a customer and she offered her expertise and I'm excited to still do business with one of my most excellent guests!

Your Friend
5

Delectables caters to the company I work at and is a favorite among the employees. The salads are especially popular. I've also dined at Delectables and in additional to the tasty food they have a great outdoor section I enjoy sitting at."

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5

Donnas restaurant Delectables is my favorite restaurant in Tucson. Love how fresh and tasty the food is!
Delicious salads (my favorite is mixed greens with a generous piece of salmon). Her white bean hummus is not to be missed !"

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Your Friend
5

Donna as the working owner is a prime example of one who cares about what a costumer needs and want in their restraunt experience --- good food , good drinks and great service she presents it all ---- thank you"

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Your Friend
5

Tucson's most underrated restaurant. Great food, FANTASTIC STAFF, good music and ambience. I know Donna from dining there often. She is a very visible owner! Like her staff, always smiling and engaging."

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Your Friend
5

Nothing escapes this restaurateurs attention.that means going to Delectables will meet or exceed your expectations time and time again like it has for me these last thirty years."

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5

I love Donnas passion about her business! From the food, music, bar to the "energy" of the chefs and servers! Her Joie de vivre is contagious ."

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5

Donna always makes time for her customers, many whom have become friends. Tip-top service is the name of her game! Exemplary business owner!"

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Your Friend
5

Donna needs to bring back House music to Tucson, Thank you for the last 3 years of late nights at Delectables :)"

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Your Friend
5

We are so lucky to have this amazing establishment on the Avenue for so long! Yummy!"

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Your Friend
5

I have always loved this place, the food the room the music. Still a classic "

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5

Love the restaurant and your staff."

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