Da Franco Italian Restaurant
When flavors from Da Franco's carefully composed menu of authentic Italian cuisine meet the nuanced notes of its fine wines, it's like the sun licking a marshmallow to toast it perfectly goldeny. Prep your palate with some elegant sips of Montalto Pinot Grigio ($6/glass), or slurp drops of the lemon and white-wine broth that bathes the garlic mussels of the impepata di cozzi appetizer ($7.95). Handmade, well-honed pasta favorites such as baked ziti ($13.95) and gnocci alla bolognese ($13.95) burst with sophisticated simplicity, while classic chicken, veal, and beef plates ($14.95–$27.95) add pep to even the pickiest palates. Costoletta di agnello, a garlic-lemon baby lamb chop placed lovingly atop a bed of broccoli rabe ($21.95), is a house specialty from the grill. For sea-faring fare, dive into jumbo pan-fried shrimp with gamberoni alla Milanese ($18.95) or fresh salmone alla primavera ($21.95).