‘Watts for Dinner’: Frankie’s a welcome addition to South Naples

Will Watts
"Frankie's Fat Boy" from Frankie's Authentic Italian Deli in South Naples.

If my meal was any indication, Frankie's Authentic Italian Deli is a welcome addition to South Naples.

The pizza and two large subs we ordered could have easily satisfied a family of four.

From the cold sub’s menu, I selected the “All American,” ($12.95) featuring turkey, ham, roast beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato and “your choice of dressing.” I picked mayo and deli mustard.

This smorgasbord was served on a giant Italian hoagie roll.   

The meat and cheese are Boar’s Head; which puts me at ease right away. Love that brand! The bread is fresh and chewy, just like you’d expect. The veggies, fresh and crisp. Any complaints? Yes, one. And it’s my own fault. I did not request a pickle; but I desperately wanted one.

The "All American" from Frankie's Authentic Italian Deli in South Naples.

My partner in dine ordered the “Frankie’s Fat Boy” ($13.95) from the hot sub’s selections. The sandwich features thinly sliced ribeye steak, hot and sweet peppers, onions and mushrooms. But that’s not all. Oh no! It’s topped with French fries and brown gravy.

The smell of the garlicky gravy filled up my car as I placed the to go order inside. As I walked from the car to the house, I imagined cartoons animals drifting in the air behind me on the fumes from it. Driven to obsession.

This sandwich is everything you could possibly want; except perhaps healthy. But we all deserve a treat every now and then.

Now let’s talk about that pizza. We ordered the buffalo pizza ($19.95), featuring, you guessed it, buffalo sauce, chicken and blue cheese. Hardly traditional, but quickly becoming one of our favorite pizzas.

The chicken buffalo pizza from Frankie's Authentic Italian Deli in South Naples.

The crust was thin and amazing. The toppings plentiful. A huge thumbs up.

Frankie’s also offers prepared foods, like a massive lasagna I spied while waiting on my order; also soups, pastries, cookies and a catering service.  

What’s especially great about Frankie's Authentic Italian Deli is there’s a sub and/or pizza for every appetite. So, there’s no need to argue about “Watts for Dinner.”   

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If you go

Frankie's Authentic Italian Deli

  • 6654 Collier Blvd., Suite 106, Naples
  • 239-304-9033
  • frankies-authentic-italian-deli.business.site/