Fort Lauderdale’s Franco & Vinny’s Italian restaurant to near following 50 yrs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Acknowledged as the “Pizza Shack” to locals and travellers alike, Franco & Vinny’s in Fort Lauderdale is closing right after 50 several years of serving the local community genuine Italian cuisine and delicious artisan pizza.

According to the Sunshine-Sentinel, the local establishment is closing just after very first opening its doorways again in 1971. Owned by brothers Vincenzo Esposito and the late Franco Esposito, the cafe has been situated at the very same place along Dawn Boulevard since its early beginnings.

On the other hand, the preference to close is of operator Vincenzo Esposito’s conclusion to retire at the age of 79, and not because of to the pandemic. In accordance to Esposito, enterprise has really been booming due to the fact early 2020. Nevertheless, soon after the demise of his brother at the age of 76, he has decided to retire in purchase to are living his daily life and spend much more quality time with his spouse and children.


Franco & Vinny’s Italian cafe and pizza shack is closing soon after serving Fort Lauderdale for 50 a long time. (Courtesy of Franco & Vinny’s)

Described by the cafe by itself as the “Fort Lauderdale world-well-known ‘Pizza Shack,’” the restaurant has been acknowledged for serving reliable, down-to-earth, and economical Italian dishes and artisan pizzas to generations of locals.

Just one look at the restaurant’s evaluations on Yelp and you can’t enable but come to feel nostalgic. Yelp reviewer Don M. states, “I have been consuming at Franco & Vinny’s Pizza Shack due to the fact February 1973! I owned a hotel and perfectly-known seashore night club there from 73-88. During people a long time I ate there the moment a week and under no circumstances experienced a undesirable food. Their pizza is Classic. But I go there for the common Italian dishes performed to perfection.”

Another reviewer, Babbs M., writes, “What several may possibly not know is that the Pizza Shack has been in the very same locale for many years simply because they have the greatest pizza in city. Time period. Perhaps the ideal anywhere,” they write. “I am a indigenous of Laudy and this has been my family’s go-to location for Italian foods due to the fact its beginnings.”


Some of the restaurant’s most well-liked menu objects include things like their pizzas, lobster ravioli, chicken parmigiana, penne alla vodka, baked ziti, and their genuine Italian desserts. However, as most testimonials say, “You can’t go mistaken with any dish!”

Photo of Franco & Vinny’s lobster ravioli. The Italian cafe is closing immediately after serving Fort Lauderdale for 50 yrs. (Courtesy of Matt Mucks)

These who would like to dine at the legendary Italian restaurant one particular previous time can prevent by till the stop of April (even though the official closing date has yet to be verified by the proprietor).

Franco & Vinny’s is situated at 2884 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 4-11 p.m. day-to-day. Simply call 954-564-9522 or visit for additional details.

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