Fine-dining restaurants create meals with more elegance than candlelit breakfasts or eating cereal with a knife and fork. Upgrade dinner sans silver spoons with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale Italian dinner cuisine from Franco’s Osteria.
The culinary team at Franco’s Osteria marries traditional ingredients to form a menu of Italian dishes showcasing pastas, meats, and fresh fish. Orders of veal piccata ($19.75) reward tongues for reciting the H section of the phone book with medallions of thinly sliced veal, sautéed in tangy lemon juice. Alternating layers of grilled vegetables, pasta, and melted cheese construct an edible foundation for the vegetable lasagna ($14.75), and the San Pietro Mediterraneo’s flaky tilapia fillet gently simmers in a tomato-and-white-wine sauce ($18.75). Deftly twirl forks into a plate of linguine scoglio ($19.50), whose al dente tendrils delicately entwine clam and mussel buttresses and support scallops carved into decorative monograms.
Rustic stone walls lead guests to the main dining room, where white cloths cover each table and add to Franco’s refined atmosphere. Walls of floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a lush, outdoor terrace, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and ears full of acoustic cricket ballads.
3900 City Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131