To get to the opera at FRANCOLUIGI'S PIZZERIA ITALIAN RESTAURANT in South Philadelphia, you just need to know where to knock: the rust-colored door right past the neon lights, the pizza counter and the fridge stocked with sodas and water. Open that door, and you’ll quickly be ushered inside so you don’t block the view of the accordion player who sits on a small, elevated stage every Thursday night — or the piano player on Friday and Sunday nights.
Welcome to HIGH NOTE STAGE, where live music comes with dinner. Owner Franco Borda, who also owns the aforementioned pizzeria, happens to be a trained opera singer and employs a staff of young up-and-comers who can serve, as well as sing, your supper. You’ll find crooning between courses on various nights, and the menu includes traditional Italian favorites like Veal Parmigiano, Shrimp Scampi, Eggplant Parmesan, Rigatoni Primavera and, yes, personal pizzas from the brick oven. Don’t skip on the garlic knots that come with your dinner, either. They, like the vocals, are divine.
1549 S. 13th St., www.highnotecafe.com