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Franco's Italian Restaurant

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6200 N Military Hwy Ste A, Norfolk, VA 23518-5400
(757) 853-0177
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Always Fun on a Weekend Night!

Franco's is an authentic "oil cloth" Italian Restaurant. It is hidden in a low rent strip mall, but worth the find! Hit the place on a weekend and you will enjoy non-stop live piano music--which really adds to your experience. You could feel like you were on a corner in NYC! The food is good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
tidewarter1
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Franco's is an authentic "oil cloth" Italian Restaurant. It is hidden in a low rent strip mall, but worth the find! Hit the place on a weekend and you will enjoy non-stop live piano music--which really adds to your experience. You could feel like you were on a corner in NYC! The food is good, and sometimes it is great!... More 

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Onancock
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and discovered this gem of a restaurant a few years back. We have NEVER been disappointed in any way. Not up for a regular meal, the pizza is great too. As an appetizer, try the calamari....enough for three.

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Thank Tee C
Commack, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Checked into hotel after flight, asked the front desk where I may get some Italian food. They recommended Franco's. Walked in sat down and the waitstaff came right over and asked if I wanted a drink and gave me the menu. Very attentive. Ordered the spaghetti and white clam sauce. Very good. Very large portion. Enough for two. Before I... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Great food for the leaner cuisines sought by some (recommend the grilled tuna salad or grilled chicken salad), or your classic Italian fare. Superb pizza's too and specials every day. Servers are fast and efficient, and the ingredients are fresh. Good for couples, friends, families, and groups.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Traditionally, a trattoria is a small, family owned and operated Italian restaurant. This restaurant fits that description perfectly. Although Franco's founder has passed on, his family continues to maintain the quality and service that has made this restaurant a favorite for thirty years. Having lived in Italy for a couple of years, I can confirm that this food is as... More 

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Thank Evan P
Cattaraugus, United States
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Our hotel recommended Franco's. When we got there we were a little worried. It is a small place in a plaza on Ocean View St., but we were pleasantly surprised. The staff was very friendly, and the food was delicious. And a piano player serenaded us during our dinner. Prices were reasonable too! A gem!

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Thank Rebecca S
Virginia Beach, VA
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145 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Met up with a friend to see his garden and then he invited me to this place to try their grilled chicken salad for lunch.. He said it was great. This friend is no salad guy and don't think I have ever seen him eat a salad. So I said yes and it was great. It's hard to explain but... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner with family; ordered Franco's special Stromboli. All it had in it was canned mushrooms and cheese. The marinara sauce was only average. Never tasted any garlic! Daughter ordered manicotti; only average at best. Very disappointed with restaurant.

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Thank Dizzi52
Sanbornville, New Hampshire
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97 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

This was our first time eating here. It was recommended by our niece. Had a wonderful night with family. The food was very good and so was the service. My daughter and I had the muscles, clams and shrimp with red sauce and it was delicious. Will stop in again when back in the area.

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Thank cyndyjones47
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place has the best Phillies I have ever had, including in Phili. They even made me a quatro fomaggio pizza by request, even though it was not on their menu. It was fantastic as well. The restaurant can get quite busy and is not very large so you can feel a bit crammed in there, although the food makes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6200 N Military Hwy Ste A, Norfolk, VA 23518-5400
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Norfolk
  • Phone Number: (757) 853-0177

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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