When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Franco's Trattoria, located by the river in East Falls.
After taking a seat on the outdoor patio along the banks of the Schuylkill, trattorize your face with Franco's menu and rush an appetizer of white wine and garlic steamed mussels ($9.50) directly onto the table of your tongue. For the secondi, try Franco's salsicce con peperoni (penne with zesty tomato sauce, sausage, peppers, and onions; $16.75), or devour the pork Milanese as the butterflied, breaded pork chop ($18.75) emerges from its chrysalis in the frying pan. The shrimp arrabbiata (shrimp sautéed with garlic and served over linguine with a special spicy tomato sauce; $19.75) gives seafood eaters something succulent to share with the remoras that clean the bacteria off their dorsal fins. Light eaters will prefer the gorgonzola salad ($8.50), which garnishes a mix of spring greens with walnuts, apples, and balsamic, along with deliciously gorgonzolic cheese. Otherwise, keep yourself from floating away during a gravity outage with Franco's house lasagna ($16.75), which interposes layers of ground beef, sausage, and ricotta cheese between the sweet, wheaty embrace of tender pasta, and pairs best with the house wines and a little live music every Friday.
Like chili popsicles and videos of grizzly-bear ballerinas, Italian food is enjoyed around the world due to its versatility and heartiness. Take a fellow human or deceptively hairless Shetland pony out for a cozy dining delight with today's Groupon to Franco's Trattoria.
- Veal saltimbocca layers almost-crisp prosciutto over flour-dredged cutlets embedded with fragrant sage, like leaves pressed in wax paper. – Elisa Ludwig, CityPaper
- Everything was delicious. Service was attentive without being overbearing. We will definitely return. – OpenTable.com reviewer who dined on 5/9/10
- Not one part of our meal disappointed. And as I mentioned already, the wine was perfect. – Mike D., Yelp
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