One of the nice things about living in uptown Whittier, is the quaint European feel there. That 'European Quotient' has gone up a few notches with the (fairly) recent opening of the Franco Trattoria on Greenleaf Avenue.
David, Peggy and I recently checked out the restaurant on our regular Whittier Community theatre night. This is a restaurant space that has gone through many changes over the years. When I first moved to Whittier, it was a pizzeria. Since then it's had a few incarnations, most recently an Italian restaurant of another name entirely. We think this little Trattoria is an improvement.
|The owner/chef came out to greet us|
I liked that the owners were very friendly and talkative. As I heard someone say recently, a good restaurant is also theatre. Yes, it's about food, but it's also about presentation, atmosphere, and who is there with you.
|The "small" Antipasto|
There was also a large antipasto salad on the menu. I can't imagine how many people that would feed, however, I'm sure you could probably have it as a main course and be a happy camper.
|David eyeing the salad|
|Peggy and I smiling for the camera|
|Gnocchi with an arugula pesto|
This is a place I'd like to return to when I have more time to sit and enjoy the experience. It's the kind of place that makes you want to linger over your meal and talk. I also am curious to see what the chef has on the menu next time we go for a visit!