“It’s been really good,” said Rebeca Gigante, a daughter of co-owners Andrea Cacho-Gigante and her husband, Leo. “We opened in the middle of the pandemic, but it’s gone so smoothly. We’ve been surprised by the outcome and love we’ve received.”
Andrea chose the name Del Campo, which means country or rustic in Spanish, to honor her grandmother, who taught her how to cook as a child in Argentina.
She considers working alongside her husband, three children—Lau, Rebeca and Sebastian—and employees, who are also considered part of the family, to be a huge blessing.
“Having my husband and my children with me and my friends, it’s very important,” Andrea said. “My family are big supporters every day, every morning. I am so grateful to my three kids.”
Del Campo offers an array of empanadas filled with beef, chicken, shrimp and other meats or vegetables, but the Argentine-style offerings are their most popular.
The sweet empanadas also have their share of fans.
“The Banutella is something my mom used to make for us back in the day. Now it’s one of the most popular sweet ones we have,” Rebeca said. “It’s a little pastry with banana and Nutella inside.”
In December 2000, the family moved to Fort Worth from Buenos Aires, Argentina. And when the time came to realize their dream of owning their own empanada spot serving the same foods they grew up on back home, opening in their own neighborhood was a no-brainer.
“The community is the best. They support us every day, every week, every month,” Andrea said. “The people are so nice and support us. We are blessed.”
Del Campo Empanadas, 10724 N. Beach St., Fort Worth. 817-562-5888. www.delcampoempanadas.com Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.