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5245 Prospect Rd, San Jose, CA | Directions 9512937.292364 -121.993749
Its not that impresive – From the outside, Frankie Johnnie & Luigi Too may look like an impressive Italian restaurant but step inside and you will be disappointed.
The food is good but not that good for its price and the menu options are very limited. The service is ok but you would wish there was more to it.
Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi's Too – My wife and I just returned from dinner at Frankie, Johnnie and Luigi's, and I am afraid to say that the place has really gone down hill over the past few years. It used to be that you would have to wait for about 30 minutes, even during the week, to get a table in this place.
We arrived just before 6pm, and the place was only about a quarter full. When we walked up to the front desk, the manager/hostess had her back to us, and she was having a discussion with one of the employees. Rather than turn around and acknowledge us immediately, she continued with her conversation, leaving us to just stand there waiting to be seated. It wasn't until another employee motioned to her that there were customers waiting that she finally turned around and said hello. Not a very inviting way to start a meal. She lead us to our table, plopped the menus down and was headed back to the front desk before we even sat down.
We ordered our drinks and the chicken pesto bread as an appetizer. My wife ordered the chicken lemon soup and a spinach salad, and I ordered the Lamb Osso Bucco as our entrees. While very tasty, the chicken pesto bread was cold. Our waiter, who was also the on-duty bartender, then brought out my wife's soup and salad--but he brought out minestone soup instead of the chicken lemon she had ordered.
After about 10 minutes, my lamb finally arrived. While it was hot, it had absolutely no flavor at all. I ate about a third of it and just gave up (our dog, however, thought it was very good). As our waiter/bartender was busy doing other things, the busboy came by to check to see if we wanted boxes. Our waiter finally brought our check by. He never once asked us how our meals were.
Unfortunately, FJL in San Jose has really declined over the last few years. The staff just seems to be very indifferent when it comes to their customers. Based on how empty the restaurant was this evening, I would not be surprised if it closes/changes hands in a year.
Should clean up the place – The food was ok, but not worth of the money. They should improve the services. The place is over rated.
Serving traditional Italian cuisine including pizzas, pastas, salads and more. – What You'll Get
Big portions of classic Italian food that won't challenge the palate or break the bank. It's got a mom-and-pop vibe, but no one will confuse this place with the real thing.
Think pasta or pizza. Simple is best. Go with the spaghetti with meatballs, meat ravioli or chicken linguini. The New York-style lasagna is the restaurant's best dish--Italian sausage and ricotta layered with noodles, meat sauce and mozzarella. It's baked, of course. The cooks are very generous with their pizza toppings and often overload the pies (a nice change). But it's hard to not like the stromboli pizza which comes with sausage, pepperoni, salami and mushroom.
The sausage bread delivers exactly what it promises.
Go with the cannoli, sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chip filling in a crunchy pastry shell.
Expensive, OK food – The food was OK, not worth the price. Service doesn't not make up for high prices. Will not go back.
Great Food, Great Staff! – We visit this place regularly! Although there may be better Italian out there and the alfredo sauce is a little runny as one of the commenters noted, the food really is very good and we especially love the staff. They have a core group of stafff at this location that has some tenure and are very pleasant and personable. They even remember I don't like the mushrooms when I forget to ask "no mushrooms please". The Wednesday Family night is a deal you CANNOT beat. For $40 our family of 6 is stuffed and we have plenty of left overs to take home too! They are really good about substituting items too. So if you want something on the menu but prefer different sides they are very accomodating! They also have a decent Kids Menu.
Red sauce – If you want simple red sauce Italian, this is a good choice. Nothing fancy here, simple food in a pleasent setting.
please don't extend to 'three' – overpriced food not worth the value. although the service and ambience were good, i would not pay close to ten dollars for a plate again when the pasta is not al dente and the sauce is just too runny.
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