Inside the Butcher Shop: The DeFranco Family Tradition

By Matthew Giobbi

A Slate Belt treasure, J. DeFranco & Daughters Catering & butcher shop has been serving the Slate Belt communities since 1926. Joe & wife Joelene prepare custom and traditional Italian cuisine. Spending time inside the DeFranco butcher shop is like spending time with family. While Joe cooks, the air is filled with herbs, olive oil, meats, and stories of growing up in the shop. A collection of Joe’s tales has been published in a book Growing Up in the Butcher Shop.