Francesco Nicola Fago, 'II Tarantino' was an Italian Baroque composer and teacher. He was the father of Lorenzo Fago (1704-1793).
He studied music under Francesco Provenzale at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini in Naples between 1693 and 1695. Between 1704 and 1708 he worked at the Conservatorio Sant'Onofrio, but from 1705 to 1740 he was based at the Conservatorio della Pietà dei Turchini, where his pupils included Leonardo Leo, Francesco Feo, Giuseppe de Majo,Niccolo Jommelli, Nicola Sala, Michele de Falco, Carmine Giordani as well as his own son Lorenzo Fago. See: List of music students by teacher: A to I#Nicola Fago. From 1709 to 1731 he also served at the Tesoro di San Gennaro. He died in Naples in 1745.