Saturday, February 6, 2016

Opening tonight: Franco's Osteria

Italian cuisine in a civil atmosphere on City Avenue.

Opening tonight: Franco's Osteria

Franco´s Osteria, pre-wall hangings.
Franco's Osteria, pre-wall hangings.

Franco Faggi, who uprooted Franco's Trattoria from East Falls last year, will open the doors tonight to Franco's Osteria, taking over the ground-floor restaurant space at the Presidential apartments (3900 City Ave., 215-473-3900).

Luca Sena Jr.'s menu is pretty much as it was before: hearty pastas such as tagliatelle Bolognese and penne puttanesca ($14.75), and classics harking back to Faggi's years at the old Monte Carlo Living Room, such as flounder Francesco ($19.75) and a rosemary-grilled pork chop ($18.75).

Faggi and crew have revived the gas-fired, wood-fed oven in the dining room for pizzas.

There's a full bar, but the wine list was unavailable last night when I stopped for a peek. (He had yet to hang the artwork, so walls looked a bit bare.)

It's open every day for dinner (entrees $19.95 and under), and weekdays for lunch (most of the lunch menu is $9.95 to $12.95).

Staff Writer
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Michael Klein, the editor/producer of, writes about the local restaurant scene in his Inquirer column "Table Talk." Have a question? Email it! See his Inquirer work here.

Michael Klein Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter