Frankie’s 124 Ristoranti Italiano (Hallandale Beach)
***** Frankie’s 124 Ristoranti Italiano, 124 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009 (954) 453-2410.
Frankie’s 124 is an “upscale” white-table cloth Italian joint…but, don’t worry, your tee shirt/shorts ensemble works here.
Frankie’s in one-form-or-another has been around since 1971. When you check its website www.frankies124.com for menu/prices/pictures–you’ll find the joint’s “history.”
Frankie’s is located right across the street from Gulfstream casino/track and has a gigantic following with horse owners-jockeys.
Over the years, I must have eaten at Frankie’s at least 15 times…and I gotta tell you, this joint has never-ever disappointed…the food is terrific. My most recent outing-a couple of days ago…fried zucchini, penne allla vodka, chicken scarpariello, veal parmigiana, shrimp scampi, grilled veal chop, vanilla ice cream-chocolate cake roll…delicious (there were four of us, for those of you who were wondering). Service is pleasant and extremely efficient.
Let’s talk money…Frankie’s regular menu prices aren’t going to send you to the poorhouse…maybe, a couple bucks more than your favorite neighborhood joint. Now for the beautiful part of the story (assuming you can handle dinner Monday-Friday 4pm-6pm and Saturday 4pm-5pm Saturday-Sunday)…Frankie’s has a Sunset Menu priced around 16-20 bucks a head…you get, salad-entree-pasta side-dessert-coffee. From what I can tell, same portion size as regular priced menu stuff.
I highly recommend this joint. Whether you eat “discount” or not, the food is terrific…by the way, that vanilla ice cream-chocolate cake roll is worth the price of admission alone.
Frankie’s is open 7 days a week for dinner.