You could say that Chef Franco Pisani has just the right recipe for success when it comes to preparing the finest Italian cuisine in Colorado Springs. Chef Franco expertly blends traditional family recipes with the freshest seasonal ingredients using contemporary Italian culinary concepts.
Chef Franco was raised by Italian immigrants in Waterbury, Connecticut. While Franco is a trained chef, and a graduate of Baltimore Culinary College, his love for cooking and cooking style comes from his greatest mentor, his mother Mary Pisani.
Franco would watch his mother in their family owned bakery, and hoped that her passion for food would be passed on to him.
After graduating, Franco worked in several Italian restaurants in the greater Connecticut area.
In 1996, he visited Colorado and one week later made the move to Colorado Springs.
Franco was the food and beverage director for a private country club in Colorado. But he missed the aromas of the Italian kitchen, so he took a job as a chef for a large Italian restaurant.
In April of 2003 he opened Paravicini’s Italian Bistro.
Chef Franco has been featured on many local news networks, and with Guy Fieri's, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
“That’s a real-deal, old-school Italian dish,” Guy declared of the Veal Giuseppe, which comes loaded with cherry peppers, Kalamata olives and sausage.
We refuse to compromise on quality in our restaurant. That is why we source our fresh ingredients from local sources for many of our dishes.
Chef Franco has built a loyal following with his devotion to fresh, hearty Italian meals made from family recipes.