Authentic Italian with a Kick

Franco’s in Dover is still going strong.

Franco Loffreda and his wife, Luisa, with their popular zuppa di pesce.

It’s been 20 years since Franco’s Pizza and Pasta Restaurant opened in Dover, and it is perhaps more popular than ever. “It’s all about consistency, serving the best food and good prices,” says owner Franco Loffreda. Loffreda cut his teeth 27 years ago by cooking at local places like Café Verdi in Wilmington and others in New York City before opening his first Franco’s in Dewey Beach in 1987. He took the best ideas from those restaurants and his family recipes to create Franco’s in Dover in 1994. Now he is known throughout the area for his rich zuppa di pesce and the wildly popular shrimp fra diavolo, which is spiced not with red pepper, but with jalapeños. Don’t let the nondescript strip center fool you. This is seriously delicious Italian food. (677-1946,


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