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About Trattoria Da Franco
Trattoria Da Franco is an Italian style restaurant located in Alexandria, Virginia that specializes in serving traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant features casual dining in a homey space and features a monthly opera night.
Trattoria Da Franco serves lunch and dinner daily and features a variety of antipasti, pasta, salad, chicken, seafood, veal and beef entrées on the menu for diners to choose from. Featured entrées served at Trattoria da Franco include vitello alla parmigiana, Italian style sirloin steak, veal in a rich brandy cream sauce with mushrooms, salmone alla Genovese, pollo alla parmigiana and linguine alla vongole. The restaurant also offers a variety of pizza options on the menu as well.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Italian, Mediterranean, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Opera Night : 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Holly days: 11:30am - 6:00pm
Weekends: until 1:30am full bar
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We offer WI-FI for your convenience.
There is live piano every Friday and Saturday and sometimes they accompany Franco who sings romantic Italian and American songs. Guest singers always appear.
Opera Night has been entertaining visitors and residents of Old Town Alexandria for more than ten years. Produced by Franco, the show goes on the last Sunday of each month, always with different artists, comprised of sopranos and tenors from the Kennedy Center. The show features opera selections, with humorous patter by Verdi, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Mozart, Bizet and Strauss.
We are a family friendly restaurant - children are welcome.
Trattoria da Franco has infrastructure for offer catering to all kinds of parties, for offices, wedding parties and any occasion. Different menus are available or can be designed to fit your specific needs.
Street Parking in front of the restaurant-quite easy all day. Exception 4.00PM to 6.00PM. Free parking after 5 PM on the rear. use the Duke St to access to the bank parking
In the same block. Both directions. Washington st. and Duke st.
Franco Abbruzzetti, Juan Amador
Private Party Facilities:
The second floor of Trattoria da Franco, which offers 75 seats, has been used to accommodate all kinds of parties or meetings. The space is private whit a piano, backstage, microphones and speakers.
Dinner area 30+
Private Party Contact:
Franco, Daniela, Natasha: (703) 548-9338
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Opera Night, every last Sunday of every month
Trattoria Da Franco Ratings and Reviews
Very small lovely little restaurant with a welcomng fireplace. Quite romantic, really, although we had our 12 yo with us. Simple traditional food. Gnocchi was too heavy with too much unadulterated tomato sauce. Husband's carbonara was very good. My foodie 12 yo thought her spinach was too salty, and so was my veal dish. And we like salt and I have a heavy hand with it when cooking. So ask them to go light on the salt. I liked the statement on the menu that the menu was only a guide, just ask for what you want. Very small wine list, nothing very special about it. Great little neighborhood restaurant for a casual meal. The food was good, not special.
We looked for a family owned restaurant in Old town and found this little gem to celebrate our daughters sweet 16 birthday. As we arrived the owner greeted us and wished her happy birthday. We sta by a warm fireplace and piano. The following amazed and delighted everyone. A patron got up and sang a special song to out daughter the piano player was delightful. The food was made to order and fabulous. Then the owner sang a few Italian songs. The ending was the best. The owner brought out the Birthday cake and singing right along with the entire restaurant. It was a wonderful evening and not to forget the Chianti was just as fabulous as the rest. Can't wait to go back.
We were customers of this restaurant 20 years ago. I made reservations for 5 people about two weeks before New Years Eve. We were very excited to have dinner here. This is how it unfolded: 1) We were seated by the kitchen so there was a constant flow of waiters within inches of our table. 2) Franco kept yelling at his help, so the meal was not relaxing 3) We did not receive water or drinks until we asked for them, yet we were rushed when ordering. 4) Of the 5 meals, 2 were good, 2 were mediocre and dry and 1 was inedible. The lamb was all gristle with a scant two potato pieces on the plate. We requested two ceasar salads without dressing (for vegetarians) and two regular Ceasars. Two arrived without dressing, the other two didn't come. Finally after asking the other two arrived, no dressing, no shaved parmesan, yet we were told the salad had been dressed. There was no vegetarian option on the menu, a special meal was prepared but it was bland and dry. Wine, which was marked unlimited on the menu, was only given when we asked. And even then we were expected to wait. When the bill arrived it was over $500. They adjusted the bill, but this was a ripoff on all fronts.
The food was fantastic, the staff friendly and on top of things but not over bearing, they had a pianist who played fun music (show tunes, classics, etc.), but the abmiance is what brought it all together. You walk in and see pictures of the owner with lots of people, some you might recognize, some you might not. Then he greets you and takes you to your table. The whole time he's walking around making sure everyone is happy. We each had something different and everyone loved their food! We went for New Year's Eve and even though there was a prix fixe menu it worked great for us (some have dairy restrictions and some were vegetarian). It was a delightful experience.
THis Restaurant was recommended and looked nice in pictures. We arrived and the Pictures did it just with the look and a nice atmosphere. Was disappointed with servings: $7.00 for a mediocre salad, $17 for small serving of Lasagna, $17 for Tortellini with no flavor ecept the nutmeg on top. We were never offered a drink except wine (more than once). One surprise that did us the BIG Price!
Our party of six had a wonderful Saturday evening dinner at Trattoria da Franco. The restaurant is relatively small and intimate and the interior decoration feels like a restaurant in Italy. The restaurant has an excellent Italian menu; we particularly appreciated the selection of fish in addition to the customary pasta, veal, and chicken dishes. The wine menu is excellent - with a range of pricing points. We enjoyed the friendly and attentive service throughout our meal. The restaurant is conveniently located on Washington Street about two blocks south of King Street.
We were in National Harbor and just before 5 we decided we wanted dinner.... all the nearby restaurants and the ones we called in National Harbor had more than an hour wait... at 5 in the evening they were already full. So a quick search led us to this which was a mile and half away. While the parking was tough, everything else was excellent. We took our 3 children (10,8,4) and they loved the food. Large portions for kids but even the 4 year old ate half the dish. Great experience and we will go back.
My husband and I decided to take a friend with us to Trattoria da Franco for a nice evening out. We hadn't been there in over 15 years (because we had moved away for so long), and our friend had never been there. And yet, they far exceeded our expectations!! We made a reservation, and they had our table ready as soon as we arrived. The ambiance was great. There was a piano player playing in the main area of the restaurant. The menu is great because there are so many choices, and then there were some great specials. We all loved our meals. The food is definitely homemade and well prepared. The wine recommendation was spot on. And the staff was friendly and courteous. The owner himself came over to chat with us. The desserts were also out of this world. This is truly an authentic Italian restaurant, and you feel like you are sitting in a restaurant right in Italy. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and families. I am so glad we went back. It was an enjoyable evening.
This is an older restaurant. Walking up to it - eh. Umbrellas, twinkly lights, flags...okay. Sat outside on a beautiful night. A little rough to start - skip the salad, skip the garlic bread (texas toast I think) and get straight to the entrees. Pasta carbonara - yum! Others had veal or chicken specials - all thumbs up.
Loved the food, the service was great (especially an actual Italian) and the menu/wine list was very comprehensive. You could get any pasta you want with any dish. It was perfect weather and we had a nice spot outside. The traffic on the street ruins the atmosphere a little, but I was glad it was relatively quiet otherwise. I wish there was a little more room to manuever since all the tables were kind of close to each other. Other than that, everything was great. Will definitely come back!
We had a nice dinner before going to the theatre. The bread was fresh but next time we will not have the garlic bread upgrade as it was not worth it. The gnocchi was fine but the lobster ravioli was outstanding. The cheesecake was delicious. The service was attentive and very friendily. They had a live piano player singer who was really good. In the end, we will eat here again.
Wonderful service from beginning to end. The food was delicious! Fresh garlic bread, homemade pastas, fresh, flavorful sauces, and the most amazing cannolis I've ever had. If you're looking for a place that's quiet and low key with dishes that are sure to please all of your senses, and don't care about fancy decor, this is the place for you!!!
We have often gone to La Tratoria, but this evening was more special due to the great entertainment of pianist Darryl Ott. The food was great, and Natalia was a very considerate server. It was my daughter and son-in-laws first visit and they were so thoroughly charmed with the food, ambience and music that we returned after we had been to the theater for after dinner drinks and more of the wonderful music.
They had no record of my Open Table reservation. They did find a table for us next to a window with an air conditioner installed in it. There was a steady cold breeze blowing through it. Service was very poor. We had to continually ask for bread, wine, water. The food was fair. I cannot recommend this place.
In general, I liked Trattoria. But, the New Year's Eve experience they put on was an amazing rip off. It came out to $300 for three people. It was to include a salad, an entrée and a dessert with bottomless champagne or house wine. That would be acceptable if we had any kind of service. We only saw our waiter once. We never received our salads, and when we at least asked for our dessert, we were told "Hey, I brought you some wine. You should be happy. We are busy." I, and the four other people at my table, were dumbfounded we actually heard that out loud. That comment alone will keep me from coming back. Happy New Year.
I will start this by saying my boyfriend is a professional chef, has grown up around Italian foods his whole life, owning 3 restaurants. So he is very picky on Italian food. Sadly, not one ounce of our meal were appealing. Zero flavor. My scallops tasted horrible, very fishy. His lasagna was bland with way to much sauce. The wine list was only orders by the bottle, unless you want house wine. So we were forced to agree on a bottle. The restaurant is very small and on a Friday night had a piano player with some sort of karaoke happening. Maybe this restaurant is suited more for the locals who go all the time and know each other. It is never a place i would take friend from out of town. Olive Garden has better Italian food.
A friend recommended that we go to the Trattoria da Franco for a quiet dinner since we needed to talk, and have a decent meal too! The Trattoria turned out to be an excellent choice. The food was delicious, the service great (a family-owned business) and it was intimate and quiet. They have around 30-35 tables there, and an upstairs section they use for "Opera Night." They also have other entertainment from time to time.
They have house wines as well as a good list of wines for that restaurant size. Highly recommended for a dinner such as we had, as well as for a special occasion or romantic dinner too. It's right on Washington Street near the center of town.
ate here for the first time for dinner one sunday night. had a restaurant.com voucher which was redeemed without a problem. this reservation was found with no problems also. inside the restaurant on the main floor is very tight and untidy. the upstairs was packed for opera night and buffet. we ate outside and it was great! food was delicious. food and drink items were a bit pricy - we were very surprised the bill was $210 for 4 people! not all of us had alcohol or drinks and each person had 1 appetizer and 1 entree. no desert. overall very good - pasta ++++
This restaurant needs a makeover. We went here ten years ago for Opera night and I don't think any maintenance has been done since then. The ceiling tiles are stained and the floor trim looks moldy. Also, I am investigating whether they modified my tip amount as my credit card bill is higher than my receipt. This restaurant could do better.
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