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

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Regarded as the “Pizza Shack” to locals and vacationers alike, Franco & Vinny’s in Fort Lauderdale is closing immediately after 50 decades of serving the local community genuine Italian cuisine and mouth watering artisan pizza.

In accordance to the Sun-Sentinel, the area establishment is closing soon after initial opening its doors again in 1971. Owned by brothers Vincenzo Esposito and the late Franco Esposito, the restaurant has been situated at the exact place together Sunrise Boulevard since its early beginnings.

Nevertheless, the choice to near is of owner Vincenzo Esposito’s selection to retire at the age of 79, and not because of to the pandemic. In accordance to Esposito, business has really been booming given that early 2020. Nevertheless, soon after the death of his brother at the age of 76, he has decided to retire in purchase to reside his lifetime and invest much more high quality time with his family members.


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

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

One particular look at the restaurant’s assessments on Yelp and you can’t support but really feel nostalgic. Yelp reviewer Don M. states, “I have been having at Franco & Vinny’s Pizza Shack considering the fact that February 1973! I owned a resort and well-identified beach front evening club there from 73-88. In the course of individuals a long time I ate there the moment a 7 days and hardly ever experienced a negative meal. Their pizza is Vintage. But I go there for the basic Italian dishes accomplished to perfection.”

Yet another reviewer, Babbs M., writes, “What numerous may not know is that the Pizza Shack has been in the exact same site for many years because they have the ideal pizza in city. Time period. Quite possibly the finest wherever,” they produce. “I am a indigenous of Laudy and this has been my family’s go-to spot for Italian food considering the fact that its beginnings.”


Some of the restaurant’s most common menu items incorporate their pizzas, lobster ravioli, rooster parmigiana, penne alla vodka, baked ziti, and their genuine Italian desserts. Even so, as most reviews say, “You can not go improper with any dish!”

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

Those who wish to dine at the legendary Italian restaurant one particular last time can stop by right up until the close of April (though the official closing day has nonetheless to be confirmed by the proprietor).

Franco & Vinny’s is found at 2884 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 4-11 p.m. daily. Phone 954-564-9522 or visit for much more facts.

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