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FOUNDER & CO-OWNER OF ORIGINAL FORNO ITALIA BRICK OVEN PIZZA & RESTAURANT!!

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Welcome to the Official website of Da Franco Ristorante Italiano!

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Da Franco opened its doors May 16, 2009. With a warm and romantic ambiance, everyone is welcomed and provided for by our friendly and outstanding staff. Our mission is to make everyone feel a part of our family restaurant and serve the most delectable Italian food!

No stranger to the business, owner Franco Spatola has been in the food industry for over 40 years. He has opened a number of fine italian restaurants in his lifetime around the tri-state area and in Sicily. The successful entrepreneur has also carried on his fathers legacy straight from Italy, starting a mozzarella business from scratch in his apartment in astoria over 20 years ago. He now owns Spatola Mozzarella, a promising mozzarella factory in the Bronx, delivering fresh home-made mozzarella to Da Franco and many other locations in New York.

Born in Naples, but raised in Sicily, Franco was inspired by the best of both worlds to offer a gratifying food fusion of the two very different regions in his new authentic restaurant.

We specialize in only the freshest and top quality ingredients prepared by our staff, professional chef and superb pizza maker. You can taste the oregano brought back from Franco's garden in Sicily, in which we use on our pizza's and sauces. We also take pride in our homemade pasta's. Our menu offers a variety of delicious authentic dishes including daily chef Specials. You'll feel like you're dining in a small trattoria in Italy!

We offer private party’s for special events in our cozy dining room seating 28 people, our second elegant dining room illuminated by wall sized windows with sheer curtains, seating 56 people, and the beautiful outside patio seating 50 people. Check out our catering menu for our prefix menus which can accommodate any budget.

A true hidden gem in Astoria!

So come to Da Franco, sit down, relax, and buon appetite!

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