Da Franco: Frankly, a Great Italian Restaurant in Astoria

Posted on June 10, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Fine Dining, Italian, Outdoor Seating/Patio |

I was skeptical about this place from the start. Though it is seconds from Astoria Park, Da Franco is easy to pass by. Slightly hidden, it is located in a strip mall on the first floor of a monstrosity that some refer to as luxury condominiums. Though, don’t let the uninspiring setting deter you from experiencing a delicious meal. Despite its unfortunate whereabouts, this fine Italian restaurant is overflowing with superb Italian cuisine from one entree to the next.

The first edibles of the evening were the toasted slices of bread doused in olive oil that promptly arrived soon after ordering our drinks. As a general rule of dining, I try not to fill up on the bread, but this was the best damn plate of free bread I had ever eaten before a meal. Needless to say, I filled up. In spite of the bread basket strategy gone awry, we proceeded to order a few appetizers. My dining partners and I started the night with the fried calamari and polenta e gorgonzola; two vastly different but extraordinary introductions to our Italian feast. The calamari was crispy and fresh. The polenta was pan fried to perfection, until the golden cornmeal pudding was soft on the inside with a slightly crunchy crust then drizzled over with a rich gorgonzola sauce. The main courses took some time to make an appearance on our table, but they were worth the wait. Among them were the special of the night, grilled shrimp entree- a plate of slightly blacken shrimp with fresh vegetables. Next on the table was the red snapper oreganata, breaded broiled red snapper with garlic. My personal favorite of the evening was the homemade pasta dish, agnolotti dello chef, a spinach ravioli with salmon and shrimp in a light bourbon sauce. The little ravioli pockets were soft but not chewy, stuffed with warm spinach and seafood and covered in a hot bourbon sauce. Every meal we enjoyed was delicately prepared and presented with substantial proportions. I am so glad we finally made our way past the facade of the giant luxury building to discover this Italian gem. Da Franco offers catering, delivery, gelato stand and outdoor seating.

Da Franco Italian Restaurant 23-92 21st Street Astoria NY 718-267-0010 http://www.dafrancoitalianrestaurant.com

grilled shrimp

homemade ravioli


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3 Responses to “Da Franco: Frankly, a Great Italian Restaurant in Astoria”

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Great info. Thank you!

Thanks Meg! They were great, I’m sure I will be back soon…

I’ve enjoyed the couple of meals I’ve had there. Glad you liked it!

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