Wine Secrets of South America Tasting & Food Pairing at cloud 9 Restaurant - Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30PM


Most wine lovers have already savored a glass of Argentinean Malbec or Chilean Carménère, but the breadth of the South American wine industry does not stop with these two signature grapes, nor is it contained to the usual suspects of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

These “noble grapes” dominate much of the export market these days, but winemakers are experimenting with other forgotten varietals exiled to the Americas over the past five centuries in hopes of discovering the next great South American vino.

Learn some fascinating facts about South American wine varieties and test your palate at the next class in our wine series with Chef Paul on Wednesday, March 28th at 6:30PM. 

Enjoy 5 wine pairings with 4 food courses while you learn about the origin of the varieties you sample!

Price is $45 per person, which includes the class; wines; food; tax and gratuity. Seating is limited, please make your reservations in advance by calling: (570) 601-4603.

Maria's Charity Breakfasts

Every Thursday Morning 7:00 - 9:30AM

Have you heard the theory that Chefs put their energy into the food they cook?

We believe it's true at Franco's Lounge. Maria Daniele sings and laughs in the kitchen Thursday mornings as she prepares her weekly charity breakfasts.

She wants to share her joy with you!

Join us every Thursday morning from 7-9:30AM for a breakfast special benefitting charity. 



Adventures on the Italian Island of Sicily
October 21-29, 2018

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Dear Friends,

It is with great enthusiasm and pleasure that we announce the new destination and tour to SICILY, 21-29 October, 2018. Our tour operator for this 9 days/7 nights excursion will be the well established, respected and knowledgeable seller of Italy, PERILLO TOURS. 

The tour of Sicily, including Palermo, historic Agrigento, and the most enchanting hilltop town of Taormina, along with other sites, has been especially designed for Franco’s Friends and is not being offered to the general public.

In addition, for those who would like to extend their travel dates and explore the up and coming region of Italy, a post-trip to the PUGLIA REGION is being offered. 

This 5 day/4 night program will take in the famous towns of Matera, with its “sassi” caves and the unique town and structures - Trulli of Alberobello - to name just a few. More information to follow on this part of the journey that will include a culinary theme.

The tour is open to family and friends, and the more participants the lower the tour price per person will be. 

We hope to see those who joined Franco’s Friends in Italy 2016 once again on the SICILY 2018 tour for another fun and memorable experience. For further enquires or questions, do not hesitate to contact Mary Anne Pulizzi, Group Coordinator at:

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