Naples restaurants: Frankie's Italian Deli takes me to church

Jul 09, 2018 366

BY: Jean Le Boeuf

It's all in the water, they say. Transplants from up north argue there's something about New York's "champagne of drinking water" — unfiltered and calcium-rich — that adds a chewy bite to the world-famous bagels, bread, pastries and pizza. Frank Rose is one of those water purists.

A New Jersey native, Rose opened Frankie's Italian Deli in April near Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 East, where pizza dough is shipped from the Bronx and bread comes from a supplier with bakeries in New Jersey and on Staten Island. And Rose is teaching us a lesson in authenticity.

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