Chef Franco Barone grew up in the restaurant business. He immediately developed a passion for cooking at a young age taking over his family’s restaurant in Milan.In 1982, Franco and his family came to America to pursue his dream to become one of the greatest chef. Stints at several high profile Southern California restaurants followed. There he quickly gained recognition as one of Southern California’s most talented chefs.
His many honors include twice being recognized as Southern California Chef of the Year; once by the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association and once by the Orange County Business Journal. He has also been named one of the great chefs of Orange County by the orange county kidney foundation. In February of 2010 Chef Franco and his wife Donatella realized there long awaited dream with the opening of Il Barone Ristorante.Chef Franco continues to dazzle and impress Southern California diners with impeccable quality and unsurpassed dishes that highlight his unique approach to traditional Italian Cuisine.
Had lunch here with my buddy and I must say it was a spectacular lunch. Great food, great wine and great service. Decided to get the Salmon Chef's... More
Came here for dinner on MDW A little hole in the wall place in the business / industrial area in Newport Beach / minutes from South coast plaza suggested... More
We came for dinner tonight to celebrate my son for graduating. Now I'm not saying there was anything wrong with the service. In fact I would say it was... More