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About Fresco Da Franco

As the temperatures continue to drop and the last of the leaves fall, appetites for comford food undoubtedly increase. Head over to Fresco Da Franco on Church Street in Montclair, New Jersey for an array of delicious food. Filled with authentic Italian flavors, creative dishes and homemade pastas and desserts, Fresco Da Franco new menu has something for everyone.


Our recently revamped menu features homemade pastas, flavorful brick oven pizza and authentic Italian entrees as well as a selection of homemade desserts. Whether you are dining alone, dinner for two or a family night, there is something sure to please everyone.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

15 Church St
Montclair, NJ 07042
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast/Brunch:

Saturday: 10:30am - 4:00pm

Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Bloomfield Ave and Park St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 337-5100

Website:
http://www.frescoonchurch.com/

Entertainment:
Friday and Saturday Night after 9 p.m. we raise the music to the sounds of Studio 54! Dancing is permitted at your own will!

Parking Details:
Valet Parking on Friday and Saturday Only.

Executive Chef:
Giuseppina Porporino

Private Party Facilities:
For any occasion, we will create an event as special as the occasion. For large groups, there is the option to rent out the entire restaurant to have the complete private dining experience.

Private Party Contact:
Sarah Arcuri: (844) 254-0352

Additional:
Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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Sun 4:00PM - 9:00PM

Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 11:00PM

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Fresco Da Franco Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
Good for a Date (10)
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Good for Groups (9)
Cozy (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Casual (5)
Authentic (4)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Healthy (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 10 hours ago

Saturday Brunch at fresco!

Fresco is great for an intimate dining and a great venue for celebrations. The interesting thing is that this can happen at the same time. There will be no infringement of one situation into the other. My guest and I started with a truffle honey ricotta spread served with grilled bread. This was so yummy you could spread it on your finger and be happy. My friend had the blackened salmon served with a melange of quinoa, mushrooms, kale and wondrful aromatics. My entrée was the perfectly prepared delicate crispy skin branzino served with a really creamy risotto. For dessert we enjoy a lovely slice of strawberry cheesecake. Even now I'm trying to create a reason to go back and enjoy the other offerings on their menu.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Tables are on top of tables!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant is consistently great! The place can get a bit loud but the food is always good and the service is fast and friendly. We will definitely go there again!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

So disappointed. Beware....restaurant likes to use text messages. Got multiple day of to confirm my reservation and then follow up that there is valet parking. It was a crummy night so we decided to use the valet. No information on fee in sign as you pull up- and then attendant informed my husband AFTER WE WERE OUT OF THE CAR that it was $10. Yes it can be tricky to get parking in Montclair, BUT there is a municipal parking garage directly across the restaurant through the alley!

We had a 6pm reservation and the restaurant was already fairly full and very loud. Within a half hour they turned on music with a volume ABOVE the din of the crowd. Tables were squished together and extra tables where there shouldn’t be any. We did not care for the ambiance at all.

I had a stuffed chicken special which was mediocre. It was drenched in a sauce and that was not reflected on the menu. The side veggies were good. My husbands veal Milanese was tasty.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were told restaurant has curbside valet parking: we were not told it was $10 until we got there. We had a two-top and were seated originally sandwiched between a 10-top and a server's station: horrible arrangement. Eggplant tower was good but did not match the menu description. We were told not to miss the exceptional desserts, including the owner's mother's apple fritter. It was thin and nothing spectacular. The lava cake was so pedestrian. Will not be back. There are too many other exceptional restaurants in Montclair.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our experience was mediocre at best. Our server was very good, pleasant and accommodating. Unfortunately everything else was sub par. Our entrées were bland (scallops and gnocchi) and at some point relatively early in the evening the background music turned to club music which was pretty unappealing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Fresco’s is my absolute favorite restaurant- their food, staff, atmosphere- it’s all amazing and makes for a wonderful weekend night out. While you can never go wrong with any of their specials, the meatballs, gnocchi, and Chicken Francese will always be favorites as well. The staff goes out of their way to make sure you have a great time, and if you do have to wait, they’ll do everything they can to make your wait comfortable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This past Saturday my family and I celebrated my father-in-laws 50th birthday at Fresco. We made the reservation over a month in advance because having been before (during brunch over 2 years ago) I knew that the earlier the better to ensure they'd be able to seat a table of 7. None the less, my FIL's big day had come and we arrived at the restaurant 10 minutes early but waited outside for another 20 minutes after our 7:30 reservation. Once the hostess (very nice) called us in, she offered us a seat in the center of the restaurant. The manager/owner (not sure) came over and told her to seat us in the back part of the restaurant but she quickly responded "They have been waiting for a long time" so he agreed, but was visibly agitated.
Upon being seated we were asked our drink order and if we'd like any appetizers at which time we gave our order. We did not get any bread (which all of the other tables were provided with) and our appetizers didn't come out until 40 minutes later!!! Oh, and the entrees-- another hour and 20 min after apps!! Our waiter apologized several times for the delay and thanked us for our patience without us even having to say anything. The (manager/owner) kept sending members of his clearly shorted staff, including our waiter over to tables he seemed very familiar with, "usuals" I assume who also received their meals much sooner than my family whilst being seated much later which was frustrating for us especially with 2 hungry young children (5 & 7). Not to mention, while we waited we could barely hold a conversation because the music was so loud we could barely hear one another speak. The entire experience was absolutely dreadful. It's unfortunate because the food was actually very good.. But hey, After spending a $400 on dinner for 5 adults & 2 children (no alcohol as its BYOB) with poor service and even poorer management, its no wonder how they manage to stay in business.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was good with the exception of one entree which was cold and since it was lamb was not edible. In exchange for the barely touched entree we received a pie.
It should have been a credit in our opinion. Also felt kind of rushed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We were seated at a noisy location near the bustling service area despite requesting a quiet table, though there seemed to be a couple other options. Food was not spectacular. I expected a better overall experience based on the glowing reviews. The waiter was pleasant and attentive.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Came here with my girlfriend for our anniversary. Low lighing made the perfect ambience, service was fast and kind and the food was amazing, especially the Linguine al cartoccio and the board of meats and cheeses.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was better than expected but very expensive and the place is very noisy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food and service are good but the noise level is high and makes it difficult to hold a conversation.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The service was excellent but the food was bland and the portions too small for what they charged

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Brunch was really great. Two thumbs up for both service and food. We’ll definitely be back to try their dinner menu out which also looked really good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very friendly staff. We were here on a very busy day.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Dined in with friends for Saturday brunch. Although there was only one other table seated when we arrived for our reservation, we were not offered drinks until we stopped the waiter and asked about 15 minutes after sitting down. Drinks were slow to arrive and be refilled throughout the meal.

After being seated for 30 minutes, our waiter came by additional menus with the day's specials, then promptly disappeared again. The food was good but varied widely in terms of quantity. The breakfast calzone was monstrous: a good foot long. Eggs Benedict came with a side of home fries, while the vegetarian benedict special came with no side. A side of pancetta was crispy and well sized in a small bowl perfect for sharing.

Overall, good food in an atmosphere that wants to be much more than it is.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We came for a special dinner with another couple. We were sat upon arrival, however saw no service for nearly 20 minutes.

They kept raising the music volume up, at times it felt like we were in a club!

It seems they booked a large party and that made it difficult to access the restroom and exit.

The food was good, not good enough to make me come back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Recently saw it it on open table for brunch and decided to give it a try. Next to the theater, great location. I always say when you have problems with bread and butter you know you’re off to a bad start. They were not offered and arrived only after repeated attempts. The whole brunch meal felt like it was reheated. Service was scarce. And overall for such an attractive restaurant the meal could not be more disappointing. Go to diners across the street next time. They don’t screw up eggs !!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Midway through our meal music got turned up to dance club volume. Literally couldn't hold a conversation with the person sitting next to me. Valet service is a good idea but having to wait 25 minutes for car to be returned was frustrating

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We enjoyed the food and the opportunity for a quiet Christmas luncheon. We definitely would go there again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing restaurant, food and service. We had been coming here for years. Overall amazing experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food and service are excellent. You have to pay $10 for valet parking but it's worth it since parking in the area is very challenging, at least they give you the service and accommodate you with that. Great ambiance, too. Great place overall.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our (early Saturday) evening dinner, prior to concert in Montclair.
Food and service both excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Nice, quaint restaurant. All servers were very attentive and worked together to make sure we had everything we needed. Food was all high quality and very well prepared.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The lobster pasta was amazing I will come back for it often so was the cheese platter

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is our second time here and each time the food has been very unique and memorable. The service was also terrific each time. So while I would be giving the place top marks, for some bizarre reason at random moments they blast a wide range of music from Disco to Southern Rock and 80's music. It is so loud it is difficult to have a conversation.

It wouldn't be so bad if we knew what we were getting, like at a place that turns into a dance hall after a certain hour. But this is earlier in the evening and totally random. They turned it down when we complained but then cranked it up again 15 minutes later with no apologies for doing so. So unfortunately we won't be coming back to enjoy their food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We started with Caesar salad that they split for us to share
Food was great. And we had a great server who kept our wine glasses full

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went on a Saturday night following movie next door. There were about 6 parties going on and the noise level was very loud until about 10:15.
The food was good and I loved the meetball appetizer.
Because we had a late reservation, some dishes on the menu were sold out. We did receive 2 complimentary desserts because the ones we wanted were unavailable.
Our waiter was very nice and accommodating.
I just wish it wasn’t so loud. I was hoarse the next morning from screaming to be heard by my friends.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on November 17, 2017

not exactly the right place for casual lunch. more appropriate for dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Everything was delicious from beginning to end! Service was excellent as well.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great, staff was nice and friendly. Music way too loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Just don't get the table by the side door. They closed the front door and made everyone use the side door. Was not nice

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was a bit slow.. and one of the servers wasn’t too knowledgeable about certain drinks. Other than this , it was a good experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Overall the experience was good. The food was good and our server was very attentive. My issue was we were seated at the WORST table in the place. We were right next to the serving station so every time someone needed a glass or fork we were interrupted. This made for a less than pleasurable experience. We did ask to be moved but there were no other tables for 2 during the time we were there. The place is a bit pricey so be ready to drop at least a C-note for dinner for 2.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The starters (calamari, tuna tartare and Church Street salad) were the stars of the evening. Unfortunately, we had to wait 45 minutes for them. Service was excruciatingly slow. Our server did not even visit our table to give us an update for 35 minutes. The kitchen was clearly overwhelmed by some large parties.
Entrees were a mixed bag: Veal Milanese was really good, as was a special seafood risotto. Brown butter gnocchi, and a risotto with peas and egg were just okay.
In the end, our table was cleared, at which point one would expect to have a server approach with dessert menus. He was too busy holding up a wall nearby. Unable to get his attention, I had to walk over to him to get our bill!
Noise level was too loud for conversation. The music was more appropriate for a nightclub, and detracted from the ambience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Been here numerous times. Food has always been excellent

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a superb dinner with great friends everything from appys to dinner and then dessert

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Not disappointing. The food was better than expected. Pleasantly surprised.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had an amazing time; the service was excellent the food was awesome. Can't wait to go back!!!

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