Two Fat Guys bring their grill to Wilmington’s Union Street. Plus, Abbott's Grill opens in Milford, and Frankie's brings Rat Pack flair to Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.
by Matt Amis Published March 16, 2010 at 09:43 AM
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Italian on a Budget
With the opening of Frankie’s in September, The Colonnade at Dover Downs received a dose of Italian flavor and some Rat Pack flair. Frankie’s is wood-paneled and decorated with caricatures of the Rat Pack and famous Italians such as Joe DiMaggio, Luciano Pavarotti and Sophia Loren. Servers at the 140-seat restaurant all wear black fedoras trimmed in gold.
“What we tried to do is create an authentic, casual, fun environment for our customers,” says George Fiorile, vice president and general manager of hotel operations at Dover Downs.
Fiorile says the restaurant’s name was inspired by the feel of a traditional Italian neighborhood. In fact, eating at Frankie’s can feel just like eating at home. Several of chef Giovanni Cardillo’s dishes are available family-style, and Frankie’s makes its pasta fresh on the premises.
Some of the restaurant’s popular dishes include chicken Parmigiana, linguine with clams, and spaghetti and meatballs.
Along with high-quality food comes great prices. Most entrées are less than $15, and brick oven pizzas—including the Ol’ Blue Eyes and Dean’s Favorite—cost less than $9.95.
“You can go to Frankie’s and get homemade Italian pasta for 10 bucks,” Fiorile says. “In today’s economy, people appreciate that.” —Alexandra Duszak