Frankie's is a family business named for their father and grandfather Frank Inzitari. An entrepreneur and migrant from Calabria in Italy. Hospitality and a love of food was in his blood. He left Arena, a small historical town in the heart of the south with a dream that his family carries on to this day.
THE HISTORY OF ZIG ZAG
Steeped in history...
Our love for history, both Australian and Italian, is evident in our location. Frankie's adjoins Zig Zag Motel Reception, which takes its name from the heritage-listed Zig Zag Railway line.
Built near Lithgow on the Great Western Line in New South Wales, it allowed travel across the otherwise insurmountable climb and descent on the western side of the Blue Mountains. Now, part of the railway line is a popular narrow gauge tourist railway (re-opening soon).
IT'S WORTH THE DRIVE TO LITHGOW
Rediscovery the gateway to the west...
Zig Zag Motel is located in Lithgow's heart, which is at 950m elevation and has a population of 21,605 (2019 Census), including regional suburbs such as Wallerawang and Historical Hartley Village. Lithgow is a 2 hour drive from Sydney CBD by car, and less than 3 hours on public transport.
When you book your room in the motel, remember to ask for your reservation at Frankie's.
NONNO FRANCESCO INZITARI
A man with a dream...
In the early 1950s, Francesco Inzitari had the opportunity of a lifetime to move to Australia. The brave man in his early 20's left his life (and wife) behind in search of the 'Australian dream'. He arrived in Australia and worked hard as a new migrant. Over time his wife, brothers, and extended family followed him to Australia and settled in Lithgow, NSW.
THE MOVE TO LITHGOW
The other side of the Blue Mountains...
Sharing a love of food and southern Italian hospitality, the Inzitari family serviced the Lithgow community with their fruit shop. In the 1980s, Frank, his wife Mary and children ventured into a new kind of business, acquiring the historic Grand Central Hotel, paving the way for his family's future in hospitality.
Here they all are today, following a dream of Nonno Francesco would be proud of.