Chef Franco

You could say that Chef Franco Pisani has just the right recipe for success when it comes to preparing the finest Italian cuisine in Colorado Springs. Chef Franco expertly blends traditional family recipes with the freshest seasonal ingredients using contemporary Italian culinary concepts.

Chef Franco was raised by Italian immigrants in Waterbury, Connecticut. While Franco is a trained chef, and a graduate of Baltimore Culinary College, his love for cooking and cooking style comes from his greatest mentor, his mother Mary Pisani. Franco would watch his mother in their family owned bakery, and hoped that her passion for food would be passed on to him. After graduating, Franco worked in several Italian restaurants in the Connecticut area. In 1996, he visited Colorado and one week later moved to Colorado Springs.

Franco was the food and beverage director for a private country club in Colorado. But he missed the aromas of the Italian kitchen, so he took a job as a chef for a large Italian restaurant. In April of 2003 he opened Paravicini’s Italian Bistro. Chef Franco can also be seen doing a monthly cooking segment as part of a local news program.

SOPRA is the sister restaurant to Paravicini’s Italian Bistro.  Located at 4 S. 28th Street right upstairs from its aforementioned sibling, it will feature Chef Franco’s creative genius with modern twists on classic Italian-American cuisine with a focus on shared plates.

With a 100 bottle wine list, a modern take on classic cocktails and an ever changing craft beer selection, SOPRA will also be the place to relax with friends and family.  Whether it be inside our modern styled bar and dining area, or on our second story deck with breathtaking views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding mountains, you are guaranteed to find a spot to relax and MANGIA!


Paravicini’s is a bustling Italian restaurant located in Historic Old Colorado City. Only minutes away from Garden of the Gods, Downtown and the Broadmoor Hotel. Owner, Chef Franco Pisani, created Paravicini’s Italian Bistro “for the neighborhood!”. The restaurant is easy to find, and has private rooms for special events. There is also plenty of free parking.


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