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In 1942, Franco Fazzuoli was born into the world in Florence, Italy. Franco’s love for food and entertaining stemmed from a family history of Tuscan epicureans and landowners. Franco first came to work in a restaurant as a dishwasher. He then enlisted in the Italian Army as a paratrooper and cooked for his friends and family in his spare time. It was not until 1966 that he opened his own Trattoria in Florence. This restaurant was destroyed in a flood, and, like many immigrants, he found himself transplanted in New York City at the age of 25. Over the next several years, he worked many positions in the restaurant business and finally opened many successful Italian restaurants of his own. In 1987, he made the decision to move to Arizona where he opened equally successful restaurants in Scottsdale. Moving back to New York for his daughters who were in ballet school, then back to Arizona, he now owns Franco’s Italian Caffe which is open Tuesday through Saturday.

When you step into Franco’s, you’re greeted by an ambiance of casual elegance. The white tablecloths and sparkling stemware contrast with the black and white pictures on the wall so you might feel as if you’re having a really nice dinner in someone’s home. The best part is the authentic Florentine cooking! Open for dinner only, it’s nice to sit in a cool place and let someone else take care of you for the evening. The Antipasti (appetizers) are sure to prove as great as the meal with choices like bruschetta, fruit and cheese, grilled calamari and more. Even the salads are exquisite with choices like the House Mista, or the Curley Endive Gorgonzola. Try some great Italian pasta like the Ravioli or Pasta Erbe Aromatiche. If you’re in the mood for something heartier, the Filet Mignon or Salmon Pistachio might just hit the spot. For dolce (dessert) there’s the traditional Tiramisu along side Merenghata and Governors’ Chocolate Cake.

Franco’s has been recognized for their wines. They have an amazing collection from both California and Italy. From the easily recognizable Pinot Grigio to the more unusual Falanghina dei Bonea in whites to a commonplace Cabernet Franc and Guado Al tosso in reds. Champagne, sparkling, and sweeter wines are also available. If you’d rather eat at home, just call for take out. Franco’s will make you a mouthwatering beautiful dinner for you to enjoy in the privacy and comfort of your home, or wherever you happen to be going. If you’re confused about where to find Franco’s, just visit their site as they offer a complete map with directions making it fool proof for even the most directionally challenged among us. Give Franco a call for your reservations tonight. It just might be the best decision you make all day!

Franco’s Italian Caffe- A Scottsdale One Feature


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