Italian Food in Pensacola: Franco’s Italian Restaurant
Looking for delicious Italian food in Pensacola? Look no further than Franco’s Italian Restaurant near downtown. This Pensacola institution is celebrating their twentieth anniversary this month, and Melissa and I enjoyed revisiting it recently with our moms.
One of the awesome things about growing up with my husband’s family is the shared childhood memories. I can remember when “the grownups” would head out for dinner at Franco’s. (Being a teen though, I much preferred a movie and hanging out with the other kids!) Yet time marches on.. and now it’s fun now to be one of those grownups leaving the kids behind with a saintly aunt or uncle for a meal out. 😉
Eggplant Parmesan, Spaghetti, & Shrimp Primavera (L to R)
Traditional Italian favorites that we order every time are their Lasagna and Eggplant Parmesan. (I’m getting hungry now, just writing this!) Of course, you’re in Florida, so don’t miss out on ordering something with seafood! Melissa’s mom loves their Amberjack, and this time Melissa ordered the Shrimp Primavera. The rest of us found ourselves thankful for our tradition of family-style dining when we go out to eat because the primavera was so light and flavorful! It will definitely be a repeat next time we visit.
The lunch specials come with a salad and garlic bread. We thought their house salad dressing (pictured below) was delicious, even though I found myself wishing those were English cucumbers and the iceberg lettuce was spring mix instead.
I haven’t tried their desserts, but their tiramisu sounds an excellent excuse for another visit. (As if we needed one! Because we’re pretty much always in the mood for some tasty Italian food in Pensacola.)
Franco’s Italian Restaurant
523 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502
Open Sunday and Tuesday-Friday at 11
Open Saturday at 5