We had this idea for a modern Italian caffè in our small Southern hometown
After starting graduate school for sociology, Franky realized that what he really wanted to do was open a restaurant. In 2003, Franky and Meridith moved to Charlottesville, VA and opened La Cucina, a nod to the little trattorias they had enjoyed during visits to Italy. In 2007, they moved back to Lexington, VA, their hometown, and partnered with Franky's parents in the family's restaurant serving American fare. Looking to get back to their Italian roots, Franky and Meridith opened Pronto, a fresh take on the Italian caffè. Offering LavAzza coffee, delicious pastries, unique sandwiches, and homemade gelati, Pronto has become a popular spot for locals, students, and tourists.