Search More


Franco's Pasta Cucina

2222 Michelson Drive Irvine, CA 92612 | Irvine | 949-852-4699

Location Description:

Franco’s Pasta Cucina serves made-to-order Southern Italian dishes that have made life wonderful for Irvine’s office drones long before the luxe lonchera craze saved their lunchtimes. Ordering is preposterously easy—pictures showed what was available, a dry-erase board announced any specials, and that was that. But namesake Franco decided to retire to Italy a couple of years back, and the beautiful Gloria Mogollón—who looks more like an Univisión news anchor than the tough cookie she is—took over, keeping the menu, adding new dishes and tweaking according to customer tastes.

Related Stories (5)


  • Cuisine(s): Italian
  • Features: Takeout

Related Stories

  • Food: Reviewed
    When your plate is ready at Franco's Pasta Cucina, chef Gloria Mogollón doesn't call out your order number, even though her cashier issued you one just minutes earlier. She'll call...
  • Food: Reviewed
    When doing a cover story about noodles, the first thing you need to do is get rid of all the bad headlines that quickly pop into your cliché-addled brain. "Oodles of Noodles!"...
  • Stick a Fork In It: Best of Best of Best of!
    When we initially began compiling our list, it appeared relatively easy. But when we got to talking to others about their love of all things pizza, pasta and marinara, there were so many...
  • Stick a Fork In It: On the Line
    It will be soon be October, and while researching subjects, I was introduced to a sudden influx of female chefs. So we're unofficially dedicating this month to the ladies. And to kick it...
  • Stick a Fork In It: 100 Favorite Dishes
    We continue to countdown our 100 favorite dishes at local restaurants. We'll be sharing these with you every weekday until our annual Best Of Issue comes out. Enjoy! #46. Linguine With...

Best of Award Recipient