Frankie’s Italian Kitchen Brings Homemade Freshness And Family-Run Atmosphere To Burbank

Lionel's Chicken at Frankie's Italian Kitchen Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen, long a fixture of homemade, fresh Italian food in Tarzana, opened its second location in Burbank a few months ago. The restaurant already has some devoted clientele, who’ve spread the word on the creative and delicious plates served.

We stopped by for a quick workday lunch the other day, and were in and out in under an hour. Although we didn’t take advantage of the $11 Lunch Box specials, they looked to be another option for a timely meal. Frankie’s also delivers lunch and dinner.

Aby's Cajun Fried Calamari at Frankie's Italian Kitchen Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)
Aby’s Cajun Fried Calamari at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our meal started with some of the best cheesy Parmesan, fresh garlic, herb and butter rolls I have ever tasted. Soft and warm, these rolls are divine.

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen offers the same menu for lunch and dinner, with larger portions and prices for the dinner plates. We enjoyed the very tender Aby’s Cajun Fried Calamari, served with standard marinara and ranch dips. The cajun touch was not heavy, but added a bit of lift to the old standby.

The ever-popular Frutti de Mare and Lionel’s Chicken were absolutely delicious lunch entrees. Even with smaller portions served for lunch, we still had to take some leftovers home.

Frutti de Mare. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)
Frutti de Mare. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Frutti de Mare had just the right amount of garlicky goodness. High quality seafood – mussels, calamari, clams and shrimp – were mixed with linguine in a garlic wine sauce.

Lionel’s Chicken was our favorite dish of the meal. A lightly floured chicken breast, pounded thin and lightly fried, was complemented by angel hair pasta and steamed vegetables. Topped with a creamy Dijon sauce for a light lemony mustard kick, the plate was absolutely excellent.

We didn’t have room for dessert and since Frankie’s has a variety of homemade desserts daily, we will have to stop back and give those a try sometime.

Lionel's Chicken at Frankie's Italian Kitchen Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)
Lionel’s Chicken at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Our server was very friendly and on top of things. The bathrooms were clean. The atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. There’s so much more to try here from the extended menu of pizzas, a wide variety of traditional Italian plates and baked dishes, delicious-sounding fresh salads and a good selection of appetizers along with hot and cold sandwiches.

Frankie’s Italian Restaurant receives a Tops In Town for a great first impression, with fresh, high-quality food and excellent service. It’s sure to become one of our regular go-to spots for dining out or getting take away.

Restaurant Info: Frankie’s Italian Kitchen is located at 267 N. Pass Avenue, Burbank, CA, 91505. 818-567-2288. Frankie’s Italian Kitchen Burbank is open Monday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen receives: Tops In Town

myBurbank Ratings:
Tops In Town (Outstanding)
On The Marquee (Really Good)
Could Use A Rewrite (Average or Slightly Below)
Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Poor)