Excellent Italian Restaurant in Franklin

Welcome to Lucio’s Restaurant, the best Italian restaurant in Franklin! Whether you’re looking for an elegant sit-down meal or a quick pasta to go, we can help with that. Our ingredients are as fresh as possible, Tanya and her chefs make everything from scratch, dough, pasta, spaghetti, you name it. Our helpful staff are more than happy to advise on the best dishes on the menu. At our Italian restaurant you will find hot appetizers, pastas, hot subs, grilled dishes, poultry dishes, seafood, beverages, wine and beer.

Our Attentive staff

Our restaurant is full of highly qualified staff who have spent several years giving awesome taste experiences to customers. It's never a dull moment around them, as they keep the mood of the restaurant alive while customers enjoy their cuisines. Every member of our team is passionate about great looking and great tasting food. Although we are a team from diverse backgrounds, every individual in the team has an in-depth knowledge of the Italian food culture.

Our Story

Lucio Gamboni, born in Naples, Italy on May 1, 1948, is one of four children. As a young man he traveled extensively, exploring such varied locales as Canada and the Bahamas, before finally reaching Miami, Florida where he began his pursuit of the American Dream. Lucio and Dorthy Gamboni fell in love with the mountains of WNC when they vacationed here in 1984. Living in Miami, they yearned for a quieter life where they could raise their daughters, Erika and Tanya. Lucio brought his love of food to this area, becoming a top destination for Italian cuisine in Western North Carolina. He and Dorothy started Lucio’s in 1984 and quickly established themselves as one of best places to eat in Franklin, NC, with region-wide notoriety soon to follow. The restaurant was truly a family affair with the girls helping out after school peeling garlic and making Lucio’s famous rolls.

Why Visit Lucio's

Fresh Ingredients
Experts in Pasta
Debit & Credit Cards accepted

Authentic Italian Cuisine

Fried Ravioli


Fried Mushrooms


Mozzarella Marinara


Fried Zucchini


Eggplant Parmigiana


Escargot Al Pesto



Amazing dinner like always. Jeffery was an amazing server, nice and attentive, didn't want for anything. the chef did an amazing job. this is not even a steak house but they have the best steaks in town.

Eric L Giles
Sep 8, 2022

The salad dressings start off the meal deliciously, then rolls swimming in garlic - yum! And our entrees (eggplant parmigiana and the special, beef ravioli in creamy tomato sauce) were just wonderful.

no room for dessert, but maybe next time..

Gary Amy Sanderfur
Sep 8, 2022

Food is delious! Staff very accommodating. Short wait

Lynne Virga
Sep 8, 2022


430 Reviews

Mason Little

28 June 2024

28 June


Great pizza, some of the best I’ve had. The restaurant was cute and the service was amazing. The people working were all very nice and full of life!

Annegret Schemmel

21 June 2024

21 June


We loved Anthony! He provided excellent service! Loved the veal Parmesan and the Scallops with linguine. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening and had plenty of le...
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