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Opening tonight: Franco's Osteria

Italian cuisine in a civil atmosphere on City Avenue.

Franco Faggi, who uprooted Franco's Trattoria from East Falls last year, will open the doors tonight to Franco's Osteria, taking over the ground-floor restaurant space at the Presidential apartments (3900 City Ave., 215-473-3900).

Luca Sena Jr.'s menu is pretty much as it was before: hearty pastas such as tagliatelle Bolognese and penne puttanesca ($14.75), and classics harking back to Faggi's years at the old Monte Carlo Living Room, such as flounder Francesco ($19.75) and a rosemary-grilled pork chop ($18.75).

Faggi and crew have revived the gas-fired, wood-fed oven in the dining room for pizzas.

There's a full bar, but the wine list was unavailable last night when I stopped for a peek. (He had yet to hang the artwork, so walls looked a bit bare.)

It's open every day for dinner (entrees $19.95 and under), and weekdays for lunch (most of the lunch menu is $9.95 to $12.95).