Live music, opera, popular Italian songs, jazz standards, musical theater and show tunes while you dine. Warm, doughy, delicious, free Garlic Knots served by opera singing waitstaff, what could be more fun? Francoluigi’s Pizzeria & High Note Café at 1549 S. 13th St. (13th St. & Tasker St.) has serenading waiters!
Crab bruschetta salad, roasted pork pizza, Ravioli Corelli, crab and pink cream vodka sauce! Salmon in White Wine and Caper Sauce, Ziti Caruso are just a few of the delicacies on the menu at High Note café. Singing Chef Frank Borda, (Franco), the owner and executive chef of the HighNote Cafe /Restaurant and the next door Pizzeria Francoluigis’s believes great Italian food is simple to prepare, using only a few ingredients and letting them sing out in the dish. The greatest food of Italy is to be found in the home, using the ingredients available to “home-cooks” with a powerful combination of passion and knowledge. Franco strives to give his guests that “Prepared at home” feel and taste with every dish.The prices are excellent considering the huge portions and their waiters/waitresses sing and play piano!
Most of the waitstaff attend the University of the Arts and other Broad St. companies, working their way through college or to supplement their income as a chorus member while getting some practice with their voice. They’re good, some really good.
Singing Chef Frank Borda, (Franco) is A 1980 graduate, drama major from the Creative and Performing Arts High school on south Broad Street. He studied at Settlement Music School, followed by Bryn Mawr Conservatory under the tutlelage of Catherine Barone. Franco studied with Marianne Casiello of the Curtis Institute of Music and found outlet for his talent with the Bel Canto Lyric Opera. He still fine-tunes his lyrical voice with Enrico DiGiuseppe, formerly of the Julliard School of Music and leading tenor with The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Franco’s name has become synonymous with Italian Music in South Philadelphia. He has been heard at Vendemnia, the Italian Mercato and the Ocean City Pops. He has sung in several operas with the Lyric Opera of Philadelphia under the baton of Maestro Carl Suppa and Tony Publiese.
The dining room at Franco’s High Note Cafe is small. The walls are full of famous people pictures. BYOB (wine only). Dress code is casual. This is a great place for a date. The sporadic bursts of opera sung by the waitstaff make for a very entertaining and unique dinner experience.
Wed and thursdays feature Jazz! Jazz! Jazz! Fridays are Italian songs with Pasqale and singing. Saturadys and Sundays enjoy Romantic Piano play with singers. (starting at 6PM)