Di Frabo Ristorante Italiano, located at 22211 IH-10 West, Suite 1101, has been opened since 2015 and has been an instant classic for many foodies around the city due to the originality of the restaurant.
Inside the Di Frabo´s kitchen, cooks use the Neapolitan techniques and the restaurant’s owner, Fernando Franco, nonna´s (grandma’s) recipes, as well as real imported Italian ingredients and fresh locally grown produce combined to make the finished product from scratch. Once you bite into your Italian pizza, pasta and porchetta, or grab a drink from the beverage menu in the causal and relaxed ambience, you will acquire a true Italian experience.
“What we are doing is trying a truly Italian style menu with original recipes and making dishes such as a healthier pizza that is very digestible,” Franco told La Prensa. “I noticed that an authentic Italian pizza carries three ingredients: water, flour and salt… Now that pizza is becoming popular, restaurants are adding oil, sugar and other ingredients that don’t make the pizza original. What we want is for people to taste the authentic flavors of Italy.”
La Prensa recently went to try a few items from the menu and Franco did not lie about making a meal light, but full of flavor. I will warn you that once you taste the menu, you will taste something different.
For those who want an anti-pasta dish, I would recommend the Formaggio Burrata. With ingredients including cheese made from mozzarella and cream, sliced Tuscan cantaloupe, prosciutto di parma, fresh arugula, virgin olive oil and basil leaf, I would recommend dipping the cheese into the cantaloupe to get a sweet, creamy taste. Keep in mind that although it may look like a small dish, it will fill you up.
The most popular dish on demand, as well as my personal favorite, was the Pizza Margherita. Biting into the pizza, you could taste the San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh Texas tomato, shredded mozzarella and Texas basil. The crust was thin, but I would say that you can taste the full ingredients consisting of tomato, basil and salt. It was not too heavy or light, the whole dish was just right.
The dishes were simple, light in flavor and satisfying once you were done. With a great menu concept, Franco plans to extend his resources in Toronto during the New Year and for another location next year in San Antonio that only serves pizza. With success in the restaurant business under his belt, Franco can only be grateful to give Italian food lovers the real taste of Italy.
“We want people to get involved and learn more about the Italian culture, which is why we would like to expand,” continued Franco. “San Antonio is constantly growing, and we would like to be a part of it by providing the people with real Italian food.”
Di Frabo Ristorante Italiano is opened from Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.difrabo.com.