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“Worse than Olive Garden”

Frankie's Italian Trattoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Serving Classic Italian comfort food, homemade Items like Lasagna, Manncotti Marinara, Alfredo & Ragu. Classic Items Like Pizza & veal parmigana & marsala, Family owned & operated and serving since 1971
Reviewed November 29, 2013

We had someone tell us this was a good place and reading the reviews would make it a good bet. But, that would be a bet you'd lose - unless you have taste buds that committed suicide anticipating eating here. The best part of the experience was the bread and water - and the water was not even filtered well. Calamari was about on par with Red Lobster's, though the tentacles were better and crunchy and not feeling like a chewy rubber hose.

My wife's minestrone was nothing that Campbell's wouldn't beat.

I always order the simplest thing at a new Italian restaurant and figure if you can't make spaghetti and meatballs, then there is no point getting anything else. I almost gagged when I saw a watery light orange sauce (not Vodka sauce, but it resembled it) covering the thin spaghetti (not regular spaghetti). It tasted just as good as it looked. Cafeteria spaghetti would normally be better. The meatballs were fairly familiar and were something that you could get in a freezer at Sam's or Costco.

My wife had a slightly better experience, but was somewhat disconcerted to see her eggplant parmegiana having baked eggplant, not fried. The best thing about it was at least the cheese over the top was tasty.

You can believe the other reviews, but if you really love the Italian food like most of us knew from Jersey or New York, then do yourself a favor and stay away from this place.

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2  Thank BubbaBama821
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Very inviting atmosphere. Excellent selection of Italian dishes and wines. Pizza to go or eat in is available. Wait staff try friendly and solicitude of the customers needs.
Fairly new building - noise level is low. Food we had was very well prepared (mussels and stuffed pork) Prices are moderate.

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3  Thank denny h
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Our group had the veal, Vodka Penne, veal sorrentino, and chicken piccata. Our deserts included key lime pie and cannoli. All were NY or Chicago level. They have a good wine list and above average service. Pricing was very good given the quality provided. Reservations are usually needed unless sitting at the bar.

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2  Thank Martin R
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Wow! We'd been talking about trying Frankie's ever since it opened, but it always seemed that when we wanted to go, it was too late. FINALLY, we got to eat there and it was an amazing meal. From the pasta e fagiole to the magnificent Eggplant Sicilla to the incredible canoli, Frankie's got everything right. The meatballs in the spaghetti and meatballs (not on the menu, but always available) were more like meteorites, they were enormous! My test items for Italian restaurants are Chicken Marsala and eggplant; my husband's is spaghetti and meatballs. Frankie's passed with flying colors! The staff was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is lovely. Even the piped in music was appropriate, with some of our favorite Italian-American singers. If only there was a strolling accordion player...

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2  Thank BobEtier
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We are here again last night with friends...All of our food was delicious served by a gracious staff, with a visit from The owner and his lovely mother to our table. The Veal was the best I've had Anywhere!!!!

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2  Thank christine2828
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