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Welcome to Franco on Melrose!

A true visionary in the culinary arts and a descendent of great Italian chefs, Owner and Executive Chef Franco De Dominicis brings something special to the landscape of restaurants within Los Angeles and the greater Southern California area.

Excellent food & friendly attentive staff! All pasta is hand made. Feels like you are in Italy with a quaint terrace feel but you are indoors. The zucchini blossoms are a must try - perfectly crunchy outside with creamy ricotta filling. Ravioli with butternut squash is amazing - not too thick & not over filled with a delicate sauce. Franco's mom's pasta is top choice too - fusilli pasta in a delicious meat ragout sauce. Will def go back!

Testimonial Laura K
Laura K
Hand Made Pasta

What we do at Franco on Melrose

Franco on Melrose provides its guests with an uncompromising and seductive experience. From the time you enter, to the time you order, to the time you depart, you will find yourself within the greatest secret hideaway in West Los Angeles.

Franco on Melrose is unique, in that its Owner and Executive Chef Franco De Dominicis designed the restaurant in such a way so that guests walk through the kitchen to get to their table. This presents each guest with the opportunity to meet the Chef personally and to bask in the amazing aromas being cooked up by the sous chefs behind the counter.  After the guest passes through the kitchen, they enter into a beautiful courtyard, designed with every detail in mind. A private room, creating a more personal space for guests with large parties, is located directly to the right of the main dining terrace. Each guest is greeted by their personal host and escorted to their table.  The experience continues, because at Franco on Melrose every dish is prepared with you in mind. From special requests to special selections, Franco on Melrose is prepared and willing to create and inspire your culinary palate every evening.  The Franco on Melrose Menu has been revered as a work of art by many guests and culinary connoisseurs. Every dish presented has a story and every ingredient has a purpose. Chef De Domincis is most certainly a deliberate Chef, in that he engages the exact ingredients to attain an exact result. A result that makes for the best Italian cuisine West of Rome and East of Napoli.  Guests who walk through the Franco on Melrose door may go home after their experience, but they know that they are part of the De Dominicis family and have a second home at their table on the terrace.





  • Authentic Southern Italian food. Always consistently great in quality and service. Friendly atmosphere. Great value. And, Franco's culinary brilliance embodies all that defines a "diamond in the rough". THIS is the kind of restaurant you make a regular thing!

    David M
  • This is the cutest, most adorable restaurant ever. Patio dining had some sort of magic. The food is, well... Italian food by an Italian chef who's been a chef for 20 years. In other words, one of the best in town. Go!

    Eli M
  • We've been here twice, and loved it both times! Great food, great service, great atmosphere; we love everything about Franco on Melrose!

    Paul K
    Great Food