What’s really great about having friends living across the state of New Jersey is you are often afforded the opportunity to visit some of our State’s very special dining mainstays. Having heard about Franco’s Metro Restaurant, Bar and Pizza for oh so many years, we finally had the opportunity to visit this truly special Fort Lee establishment.

In business for over 44 years, Franco’s Metro is owned and operated by Franco and Antonietta Bazzarelli and their family, Bar Manager Melissa and Gene, general manager of this lively and successful Italian eatery.

“We take pride in our seafood, which is delivered fresh each day,” said Gene Bazzarelli. “Nothing in our kitchen is prepared in advance, and all of our dishes are prepared to order. We do feature a gluten free menu and take exceptional pride in our freshly prepared meals, and our extraordinary clientele."

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Of course, on a typical Saturday night, the restaurant was jumping.

And even though our friends who live in Fort Lee called well in advance for a reservation, requesting not to be seated right outside the swinging kitchen door, that is exactly where the hostess seated us. And so we grumbled to one another for a quick minute before our excellent server Alex Lukomin appeared to present the daily specials and menu favorites.

Rest assured, whatever you choose to order, you’ll be appreciative of your meal and service. Like most popular Italian restaurants, the menu tends to focus on traditional dishes that are not only well-prepared, they are favorably priced. According to the menu, all entrees other than pasta, stuffed pasta and baked pasta are served with a choice of vegetable medley and potato croquet, a small house salad or penne/linguini marinara. Unless otherwise mentioned in their description, any substitution of side dishes will incur an additional charge.

Lunch is available daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests may choose from a variety of wraps, Franco’s paninis, lunch pastas and entrees that include his Panini Italiano with grilled chicken, prosciutto, Franco’s fresh mozzarella cheese, roasted peppers, oil and balsamic ($10). (Choose mixed vegetables, a side salad or penne linguini/marinara).

From fresh seafood that features Franco’s famous mixed fish calabrese (clams, mussels, scallions, calmari & shrimp, almond-crusted tilapia, flounder Milanese and fresh diver scallops) to your favorite chicken dishes, eggplant francaise and eggplant parmigiana to pork, beef and veal (as in veal marsala, $19) or a 14 oz. Black Angus NY strip steak, ($27),  the menu features an entire listing of Franco’s traditional pizzas.

Please note that Franco’s caters. If you are planning a home or office event, or any other special occasion, do give them a call. 0201-461-6651. 

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Best for the coming week and forever!

The area’s best casual Italian eatery for over 40 years! 
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1475 Bergen Boulevard, Fort Lee, New Jersey
Plaza West Shopping Center
For reservations and information:Call: 201-461.6651
Times: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 10 a.m. to 11:30 Friday and Saturday. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday