South Philly’s FrancoLuigi’s Drops the High Note Cafe

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You’ll still be able to get the veal Marsala, chicken Abruzzese, sides of garlicky broccoli rabe, and the occasional Italian standard from chef-owner Franco Borda’s golden pipes, but High Note Cafe, the more polished sibling to longstanding South Philly pizzeria FrancoLuigi’s has been phased out. A rep for the restaurant tells Grub that Borda decided to fuse the concepts, and carry it all under the FrancoLuigi’s name. So in addition to serving pasta dishes and other Italian specialties, the 30-year-old institution at 13th and Tasker will also serve pizzas and sandwiches in its bi-level dining room. Don’t worry, High Note’s weekly roster of lively entertainment isn’t going anywhere. Pasquale will continue belting out traditional Italian numbers on Fridays and Saturday, and Kenny Gates will still be there on Sundays performing jazz standards.