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

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)

Centanni Trattoria Burbank Opens With Excellent Italian Menu

Centanni Trattoria Burbank has been getting quite a good word-of-mouth action from Burbank residents since opening its doors recently. When a notoriously picky friend raved about the restaurant’s home-made pasta, we knew we had to see what the fuss was about.

And the fuss was well-deserved. Centanni Trattoria Burbank’s casual but stylish atmosphere and well-planned menu satisfy a range of tastes and moods. Heavy on the salads, sandwiches, salmon and chicken, the menu also includes creative vegetable dishes, potato fries, soups and plenty of pastas.

Fried Calimari at Centanni Trattoria Brbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Fried Calamari at Centanni Trattoria Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

While the fried calamari appetizer is a ubiquitous offering at many restaurants, at Centanni, the dish is absolute perfection and well deserves its popularity. Some of the most tender squid we’ve ever had is battered and fried gently and served with a nicely spicy marinara sauce and juicy lemon.

The Mozzarella e Pomodoro sandwich is tasty and fresh., with creamy mozzarella, sparkling tomato and a delicious pesto spread on airy ciabatta bread. The Beet Salad with chunks of fresh parboiled corn and flavorful, sliced red beets and fava beans was topped with a light vinaigrette – another hit.

Centanni's Beet Salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Centanni’s Beet Salad. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Risotto di Funghi was probably the table’s favorite dish – creamy, cheesy and freckled with mixed wild mushrooms, everyone had several bites and cleaned the plate. The homemade meat Lasagna was delicious, with a twist – a creamy, cheesy sauce was added, in addition to the aromatic and zesty marinara. The table enjoyed the entree immensely.

Although we were way to full for dessert, they looked amazing, especially the Tiramisu, Torta della Nonna and the Cioccolato tortino. A selection of gelatos and sorbets were available too.

While we haven’t yet been able to delve into Centanni’s wine list or try out more of their menu, I can assuredly say we will be back, and soon.

Risotto di Funghi at Centanni Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Risotto di Funghi at Centanni Burbank. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

Centanni Trattoria Burbank, the second location of the popular Venice eatery, has taken the former South Street Cheesesteak space at Clark Street and Victory Boulevard and spruced it up a bit, closing up the glass walled kitchen and putting a small bar in what was previously the check-out counter. Mood lighting and simple decor have upped the vibe a notch, too.

With a front dining room/bar area and the larger, more standard dining room down a short hallway, there’s plenty of seating. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and service is solid.

Centanni Trattoria Burbank gets Tops In Town for its relaxed chic atmosphere and fresh, tasty menu. A great addition to Burbank’s restaurant offerings!

Restaurant Info:  Centanni Trattoria Burbank is located at 117 N. Victory Blvd., CA 91502 . 818-561-4643. Centanni Trattoria Burbank is open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for lunch and Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for dinner. They are also open Saturday and Sunday 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Centanni Trattoria Burbank 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)