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Frankie G's History

When St. Louisans think of Italian food, the Gianino family is at the top of the list. Nearly everyone in South County is familiar Frankie G’s Grill & Bar, located at 4565 Chestnut Park Plaza, off Telegraph Road in Oakville. Their successful history is preceded with the Gianino’s carry-out restaurants that have sprinkled the St. Louis restaurant landscape for two generations.

Since 1971, Bill Gianino is the man who drives the Italian food force. First, it was Gianino’s Pizza Den. Then onto Bill Gianino’s, which neighbors Frankie G’s in South County. Bill Gianino has transferred the family business on down the line. The trio of Joey B’s locations on The Hill, the Landing and now in Concord Plaza, are run by his son, Tony. Another son, Billy, heads up Billy G's and soon to be open Billy G's Finer Diner and the family also owns Frankie Gianino's in Imperial, which just celebrated 15 years in business.   With all of this, has cultivated a St. Louis institution.


But like many area mainstays, family roots run deep. Many long-time St. Louisans may recall his father, Frank Gianino, who was the proprietor of Valencia’s on Delmar. Frank Gianino also went on to establish other area pizza carry out shops where Bill Gianino first began cutting his restaurant chops.


“You hear those words from your dad, ‘The bus boy didn’t show up tonight... the dishwasher didn’t show up tonight... the janitor didn’t show up tonight,’” Bill said.

Dutifully, he went to work, filling in where work needed to be done.

Let's go!  Even though Bill has passed away, his work ethic and drive to treat customers to a great experience lives on through his family and long-time dedicated employees who's combined years with the company exceed 100 years of experience.  Come and enjoy Frankie G's so you can see for yourself why we have been successful for over 31 years!

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