Our hotel recommended this as having "home-cooked Italian food". After a long day of driving, we were in the mood for something simple, and we weren't disappointed.
The pasta fra diavolo was hand made, the sauce fresh and just spicy enough. The bison chocolate 'carbanara' looked interesting, but our server apologized that they'd run out of bison bacon. She said "anything is good with bacon"', as a substitute, and she was certainly right. The creamy sauce has balanced tones of chocolate and a hint of heat, and clung perfectly to the home-made pasta. It was scrumptious, and home-made bread was useful to clean sauce from the plate. 'Dinner' came with small side salads, ours accompanied with tasty ranch dressing that was not out of a bottle.
The New York cheesecake, from a bakery owned by the restauranteur's sister, was dense and delicious. The cannoli looked delicious, too.
We had no reason to expect unpretentious authentic food on a road trip, in a town of 30,000 in the beautiful forests of rural Pennsylvania. Menu mispellings notwithstanding, Franco's was an unexpected treat.
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