In Catonsville, the very model of a neighborhood Italian bistro

Jun 19, 2015 711

Franco's Italian Bistro opened last fall in the Frederick Road location that had previously been Regions. Regions was valiant but slightly complicated, with an ambitious globe-traveling menu of small and large plates. Franco's Italian Bistro is simple, straightforward and, from what I could tell, a big draw for the Catonsville community.

The owners here are first-time restaurateur Jim Furletti and his partners, Colleen and Greg Orendorff, who also own Gianni's Italian Bistro in Halethorpe. Before opening Gianni's, the Orendorffs ran Luigi Petti in Little Italy. They seem to be of one mind at Franco's: Serve good food cheerfully.

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