I don't know if it is true that McDonald's owns Fazolis, but it wouldn't surprise me. Its italian fast food - and as someone who is half Italian, i imagine my deceased relatives (not to mention the living ones) are cursing me everytime i eat there.
But its good!!! Its not like mama used to make (although the meatballs are close) but the atompshere is great, the food is good and reasonable, and even carry out is fast.
If you want real Italian food there are better places in Erie to eat. But Fazoli's isn't bad.