Food Porn: Frank’s Sunny Italy

In all fairness to Frank’s Sunny Italy, I am writing this post a good 2 months after initially eating there, so if the memories aren’t “vivid” it is at no fault of the restaurant.  But we got caught up with a busy work schedule, planning a wedding, training a new puppy, and restaurant week and thus have gotten behind with our write ups.  When my Dad was in town he wanted to go grab something to eat, and he recommended Frank’s as a casual Italian restaurant with large portions and cheap prices.

So Alli, my brother and I decided to go and give it a try based on the positive words from my Dad.  I must say I was impressed, their food was quite delicious and their portions did live up to my Dad’s billing of being huge.  The service was good and the atmosphere was extremely ‘family friendly’.  Big wooden tables with comfortable large wooden chairs made it seem like I was actually eating in a real dining room.  I also enjoyed the lighting (aside for being great for taking Food Porn pictures); we go to so many restaurants that are bordering pitch black that it’s a nice change of pace to have normal lighting.

My brother ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp. He was put off by the texture of ricotta cheese in the Alfredo sauce.  However, I think the ricotta gave it a unique taste and the generous amounts of pieces in shrimp was a plus too.  I’m not a huge Alfredo fan, I tend to think it’s best in small doses, but I was glad to share some of his meal.  My Dad ordered himself some Chicken Fingers which honestly looked great and super crispy, but who hasn’t seen a chicken finger?  I ordered the Frank’s Special which was essentially a pasta broccoli with chicken but it was smothered in olive oil and garlic.  Now I just recently started to really appreciate garlic and I loved this dish, but for someone who finds the taste of garlic over-bearing or just don’t like it in general…definitely STAY AWAY.  This thing will have your breath stinking for a long, long time but in a delicious way.

If you are in the North Buffalo area and want to take the family out for a good meal, by all means Frank’s is a great idea.  It was filled with families when we went and while the adults can order something Italian there is great options like Chicken Fingers and Pizza for the kids.  While it wasn’t as cheap as my Dad initially said it would be, the entrees were roughly 10-13 dollars each but most likely you’ll be taking home left overs for another meal (or two).

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4 thoughts on “Food Porn: Frank’s Sunny Italy

  1. I haven’t been to Frank’s in a few years, but I do recall the spaghetti mountains! I swear they’ll serve you an entire box of pasta and cover it with cups of sauce. If you get the optional cheese on top, it’s basically a shell of cheese melted over it — covering it! I haven’t gone with any cream sauce or veggie-pasta dishes before, but the classic noodles-with-red-sauce dishes were tasty. And massive.

    SJ @ http://religionisms.wordpress.com/

  2. erica

    I agree that their portions are ridiculous and large. I feel like they serve an entire pound of pasta with all the pasta dishes. Tho, being an alfredo fan, I never liked theirs. I found it too pasty for my taste. Being a former waitress there, yes absolutely it is a family friendly atmosphere. The wait staff is very friendly and not overly formal. I would not say its the best place to work at, but I would always advise people to eat there for cheap and good italian food.

  3. Mary

    I love Frank’s for a great family dinner…they easily accomodated 14 of us on short notice & we had a wonderful time for my grandmother’s 93rd birthday.
    I love their sausage cacciatore. It’s loaded w/sausage. I always get it with penne & are able to make 3 meals of it! The generous fresh bread & salad often fills me up before I get to the entree.

  4. Joe

    Do they delete the NEGATIVE comments ?? There are None which I find impossible considering I had the absolute Worst meal I have ever had of any kind last night ! From Appetizer to Entree and in between was atrocious.The start of this Dining nightmare started with a 30 minute wait when seated, then a 20 minute wait for our so called Bruschetta.This feeble attempt at this fairly easy appetizer consisted of a dry toasted SUB ROLL topped with overripe tomatoes, CANNED Black olives, cooking onion and then baked to melt cheese on top !!!! BAKED, ARE YOU KIDDING THIS PAISAN !!! NO Olive oil to speak of !! No garlic roasted Bread, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil ? Then finally our Garbage Plates came !! My buddies Veal Marsala (about a 1/3rd less donkey meat than mine, more later) was first and in a Orange Marsala sauce, ORANGE ?? Medaganes take note, Marsala Sauce is a deep Brown color ! My Paisano went to put grating cheese on his dish and a side pasta Garlic & Oil (semi burnt Garlic covered Ziti W/ a puddle of oil that 2-3 Goldfish could swim in, guaranteed ! Not typical or remotely close to this simple, but delicious dish) and I told him to do the checking we always do at Italian Restaurants including classy one`s. Needless to say I was adamant to check this establishment`s cheese shaker more so than normal. Guess what ?? Yes it was encrusted entirely on the cap underneath with a disgusting black fungus ?? We opted to show the waitress and she did not bring us another shaker, she brought us a bowl of cheese, adding to our disgust knowing all the other shakers she checked were equally encrusted…..Madone a mia, I couldn`t wait for my Veal Parm that was to come next !! Yea ! Here it is, and guess what initially hit me in the face, my plates outer depths were coated with Black burnt dried Sauce from baking it too much ! That`s what that peculiar smell was coming from, burnt something on the outside of the plate ! I let it go for time being which was about a minute when I took the leap reluctantly into tasting my for bite of what I think was Donkey meat, as I have never tasted Veal that tasted or looked like it did..I double checked the taste, and yes it was unidentifiable to my pallet (Hence Donkey) . Veal has a light color to it when cooked, not dark at all, Guaranteed ! I opted to not eat anymore, quite relieved at that point to eat some Seeded sub Roll bread and butter for the remainder of this Freddy Krueger Goes to Frank`s Sunny Italy Nightmare DINNER..Our waitress was nice (got my meal removed from bill) , however when she talked directly TO me explaining this, her Breath was amazingly disgusting, a direct result no doubt to eating at Frank`s on her Break earlier in here shift. This was/is the third & LAST TIME I ever step foot in that dungeon masquerading as an Italian Restaurant.There are many FINE Italian Restaurants that SERVE SUPERIOR FOOD compared to this one, and this should not imply the Norm for Italian Restaurants.One last thing I need to mention is I believe the Reason Frank`s is busy all the time is NON–ITALIANS or People that don`t know Italian food frequent this place unfortunately…This may seem personal but it is far from the truth…Don`t know him, nor has he done anything to anyone I know…Just had to get the facts out about my worst overall meal EVER and to let people that are on the fence about going here, to make up there mind for them, to save them the same Nightmare Meal !!!

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