Fort Lauderdale’s Franco & Vinny’s Italian restaurant to close after 50 years

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Regarded as the “Pizza Shack” to locals and visitors alike, Franco & Vinny’s in Fort Lauderdale is closing immediately after 50 several years of serving the neighborhood reliable Italian cuisine and delightful artisan pizza.

In accordance to the Solar-Sentinel, the community institution is closing just after initial opening its doors again in 1971. Owned by brothers Vincenzo Esposito and the late Franco Esposito, the restaurant has been located at the exact same locale alongside Sunrise Boulevard considering that its early beginnings.

Nonetheless, the preference to close is of owner Vincenzo Esposito’s choice to retire at the age of 79, and not due to the pandemic. In accordance to Esposito, business has essentially been booming given that early 2020. Even so, soon after the loss of life of his brother at the age of 76, he has decided to retire in buy to reside his life and devote more quality time with his relatives.


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

Described by the restaurant itself as the “Fort Lauderdale planet-famed ‘Pizza Shack,’” the cafe has been identified for serving authentic, down-to-earth, and inexpensive Italian dishes and artisan pizzas to generations of locals.

A single glance at the restaurant’s assessments on Yelp and you just can’t support but really feel nostalgic. Yelp reviewer Don M. says, “I have been ingesting at Franco & Vinny’s Pizza Shack considering the fact that February 1973! I owned a resort and perfectly-identified seashore night time club there from 73-88. Through all those decades I ate there once a 7 days and under no circumstances had a terrible food. Their pizza is Traditional. But I go there for the basic Italian dishes completed to perfection.”

Another reviewer, Babbs M., writes, “What many may possibly not know is that the Pizza Shack has been in the exact same site for decades mainly because they have the most effective pizza in city. Period of time. Perhaps the ideal any where,” they generate. “I am a indigenous of Laudy and this has been my family’s go-to place for Italian foodstuff because its beginnings.”


Some of the restaurant’s most preferred menu goods involve their pizzas, lobster ravioli, rooster parmigiana, penne alla vodka, baked ziti, and their reliable Italian desserts. Nevertheless, as most assessments say, “You cannot go mistaken with any dish!”

Image of Franco & Vinny’s lobster ravioli. The Italian restaurant is closing immediately after serving Fort Lauderdale for 50 a long time. (Courtesy of Matt Mucks)

People who want to dine at the legendary Italian restaurant 1 previous time can stop by until eventually the conclusion of April (while the formal closing date has still to be verified by the proprietor).

Franco & Vinny’s is located at 2884 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Hrs are 4-11 p.m. day by day. Call 954-564-9522 or visit for a lot more data.

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Barbara J. Miriam

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