Frankie’s Taste of Italy

Worth driving from anywhere!

On a recent visit to Frankie’s Taste of Italy, we started with the antipasto misto: soprasetta, Genoa salami, roasted peppers, marinated mushrooms, olives, artichokes, and fresh mozzarella. There are lots of great flavors going on here, and this is a very tasty start to a meal.

Veal Saltimbocca is a tender scallopini of veal sauteed with prosciutto and mushrooms in a white wine-marinara sauce with lots of flavor, on a bed of greens. I had scoped out the website the night before and set my sights on chicken Casa Franco, a chicken breast cutlet topped with prosciutto, eggplant, Italian greens, melted mozzarella, and sauce. This is one amazing dish: layers of great flavor from the crispy chicken, salty proscuitto, tender eggplant, fresh, gooey mozzarella, piquant greens (escarole), and homemade sauce (a huge portion, too).

All meals come with salad and bread, which was served family-style to the 13 of us. I went with lemon cream cake for dessert. This is a super-moist cake with a bold lemon cream filling and a top that reminds me of coffee cake. Every bite was bliss!

Not only was this meal top notch, but Frankie spent time with us before and after the meal. He and his son do the cooking. There was a wait for our table when we first arrived, so we went downstairs to the bar and had a few drinks. About 10 minutes later, we were called up and Frankie was giving hugs and kisses to the ladies as we walked by. He looked at me and said, “No kiss for you, I saw the look on your face!” After which he let out a huge laugh. When we were leaving, he wished my mom and Harold the best for their wedding and let me take a couple of pictures with him. When we told him who was doing the reception, he said we’d really love it as they do great work. Now THERE is a guy who is confident in his food!

Frankie’s does serve greens as an appetizer and chicken riggies (as well as vodka riggies), both of which are definitely regional fare. I wasn’t sure at first if I would call this Roadfood, but given the quality of the food, the attention and service, and the ever-present Frankie and his gregarious personality, I would definitely add it to my Roadfood list.

What to Eat
Frankie’s Taste of Italy, Chicken Casa Franco
Chicken Casa Franco
Chicken Casa Franco is one incredible dish!
Frankie’s Taste of Italy, Greens Anthony
Greens Anthony
Greens Anthony, another winner, and also a version of a classic Central NY dish. This one is escarole sauteed with proscuitto, supressata, sweet roasted peppers, and onion.
Frankie’s Taste of Italy, Chicken Riggies
Chicken Riggies
Frankie's chicken riggies is a light and very flavorful version of the classic Central NY dish.
Frankie’s Taste of Italy, Lemon Cream Cake
Lemon Cream Cake
A perfect end to a perfect meal: lemon cream cake.
Frankie’s Taste of Italy, Antipasto Misto
Antipasto Misto
The mixed antipasto is a very flavorful start to dinner.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday5 pm - 9 pm
Wednesday5 pm - 9 pm
Thursday5 pm - 9 pm
Friday5 pm - 9 pm
Saturday5 pm - 9 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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