Germano, the owner of Franco’s Ristorante Italiano in the Oregon District, died on Sunday. He was 73.
The owner of the popular Italian restaurant grew up in Duronia, Italy, where he developed an expansive knowledge and passion for food. He opened his restaurant at 824 E. Fifth St. in Dayton in October 1976 when he was 31 years old.
His famous dishes include Franco's "World Famoso" Spaghetti. The distinctive spaghetti dish is dressed with oil and Romano cheese, along with "a lot of garlic," Germano told this news organization in November 2016. The famous dish is topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms and eggs.
“It is my own creation,” Germano told this news organization in 2013.
He moved to the United States at the age of 18, and soon joined the Army. He started in the food industry in 1963 as a dishwasher, and worked in the mess hall as a mess sergeant when he was drafted in the military. After serving in the Army during the Vietnam War, he took a job as chef and general manager of Sacksteder’s Cafeteria.