We have been eating at Frank's for about twenty five years now. In the past, the lines would be out the door, you would have to give your name and wait for a table. All those days are gone now and it is obvious why. Frank's was always known for LARGE portions and great home made soup. The owner is now cutting corners so, that the soup is plain water, only luke warm, and the large portions of Chicken Parm that Frank's was known for, have now shrunk to almost half the size they were. When we went we always lately had to bring along some chicken bullion to add to our soup. Sandwiches are also not a good choice since the meat is rationed out and an Italian Hoagie that used to be great, now only has one slice of each lunch meat, making it a bread sandwich. A tossed salad is also rationed out to one piece of tomato, one thin slice of cucumber, etc. The owner makes the waitresses take the tossed salad into the kitchen to ask the cook for a slice of tomato to make sure they don't give out more than one. If you plan on using the coupons that the owner puts in the Northeast times or on his own website for Frank's, you must pay with cash only since he does not want to pay the credit card company's fee. Also you must have the coupon from the website printed out or he won't accept it from your phone. Yes, that is how bad it has become at Franks. It is a shame since it was always a nice place to eat. The help is always upset since the owner is constantly hounding them in front of the customers. I feel sorry for them. The owner is not Italian, he is Greek. Don't waste your money or time going to Franks. The prices are very high considering the quality and portions. The owner is not taking the interest that he once did, and cutting corners is certainly not the way to go.
While walking up the street from our last stop on a trolley tour, we were looking for a good place to have a hot lunch on a very cold and windy day in Philly. Walking into the restaurant and out of the bitter cold we noticed the wood fire oven glowing and giving the nicely decorated restaurant warmth and a sense of comfort. We passed by a table of diners who ordered 6 of the wood fired pizzas that were spread out on their table looking beautifully delicious. The menu had some great offerings and if was difficult to choose just one thing for lunch. A loaf of warm bread and a small bowl of seasoned olive oil was brought to our table with our sodas. It was a delicious dipping appetizer. We ordered the brushetta which was good but the tomato mixture was very cold sitting on the warm toasted bagette slices. I wish it would have been room temperature.. My son had a wood fired pizza, I had the gnocchi and my husband had the homemade ravioli. All 3 lunches were terrific. The tomato sauce on both the ravioli and the gnocchi was flavorful and creamy. The portions were just right for us and we left feeling satisfied at this last meal we would be eating in Philly for this visit. Wait staff was attentive and ready to refill sodas when they were almost empty. I am looking forward to visiting Pizzicato again when I travel to Philly in April.
Ok, this restaurant was so pleasing to the eye and warm to the heart, I had to check it out. When first walking in, I felt immediately at home. Comfortable enough to seat myself, I felt like I was visiting a family get together around the holidays. Everyone was friendly, laid back, and there was a nice commradery amongst all the people there for dinner. You could be there with friends, your whole family-children included, or out for a romantic evening with your loved one. Either way, was very inviting. Now for the food... I am pretty picky with food. Difficult to find a reasonably priced meal, that was prepared with love, fresh natural ingredients, and a crisp, authentic, NON-greasey pizza crust. Well, this place is it and definately EXCEEDED my own personal expectations, preferences and standards--as well as those I was with. To top it off, the owner made sure to make his way around the tables to greet customers, meet up with old friends and check in to see how you enjoyed your meal. All while the restaurant filled up with it's Friday night crowd. I LOVE this place and I didn't even mention the SCRUMPTIOUS, afforable desserts! :b But hey, don't just take my word for it, check it out for yourself!