Franco’s Pizzeria

6 Reviews
Italian, Pizzas
Phone Number 0116465449 Opening Hours

Monday Closed, Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 2pm then 6pm to 9.30pm, Sunday 12pm to 2pm then 6pm to 9pm

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Menu - Franco's Pizzeria Menu- Updated April 2018


R82 avg main meal
Italian, Pizzas
For tables of less than eight people one bottle is free then R65 per bottle; tables of 8 and up, no BYO
R82 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Steve Steinfeld

Forty years after opening its doors, Franco’s has become somewhat of an institution for old-school classic Italian cuisine in Joburg. Comfort food at its best, the menu offers up an array of traditional, home-style dishes.

For starters try the caprese – beautiful slices of mozzarella, tomato and onion with a light drizzle of balsamic and topped with fresh basil. Or the carpaccio of fillet with a generous sprinkling of olive oil, lemon juice and parmesan. If you’re caught between the two options, have the mezza luna, a full portion caprese with half a portion of carpaccio. The pizzas, cooked in the wood-fired oven, are thin crust and available with a great selection of traditional topping combinations, from the alla siciliana with its deliciously salty anchovies, olives and capers, to the salsiccia – Italian sausage, spinach and chilli.

If pasta is what you’re after, the panserotti cremolati stuffed with a creamy, spinach and ricotta filling is a sure winner, as are the classics such as the puttanesca and carbonara served atop perfectly al dente spaghetti or linguine.

While pizzas and pastas are clearly the star attractions, the small carne, pollo and pesce (meat, chicken and fish) section includes steaks, spatchcock chicken and the catch of the day all prepared using traditional Italian recipes.

Finish the meal with a fabulous tiramisu or homemade semi freddo with a decadent Bar One sauce.

The wine selection is small but does include a nice selection of local and Italian wines. The corkage policy allows for 1 bottle of wine per booking corkage-free (for tables not exceeding 6 people), but anything more should be ordered off the list. End your meal with a traditional espresso or a grappa.

Warm, welcoming and attentive staff are well versed on everything on offer. The fact that it’s family-owned and run means at some point Franco or one of his sons will stop past your table to take your order, explain specials or follow up on your meal. While a bit slow to start, service picked up and the food arrived timeously and piping hot.

There aren’t many restaurants that can pull off both red walls and tablecloths but Franco’s, with its vintage posters and framed pictures, somehow manages to make it work. The restaurant is constantly busy so bookings are advised and well worth the effort.

Be sure to check out the specials board for the ever-changing list of exciting and interesting dishes prepared daily.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Easily my favourite Italian restaurant. Try anything and you're sure to enjoy it. The seafood risotto is amazing. Full of flavour and so well priced. The pastas are delicious and are bound to make you feel happy. Overall, the service is friendly. The restaurant is family owed and you definitely get that vibe, which is good. Last time I was there, I ordered a Salmon special . Unfortunately the salmon was finished. So the owner made a prawn pasta just for me that was not on the menu! I love this place. Give it a go.
    I’ve been eating at Franco’s for about 35 years. Still family run and still the best pizzas on the block! Consistent and delicious, great for a night out with the family
    Franco’s is our absolute favourite go-to place on a cold winter’s evening or a balmy summer’s night. Their pizzas and pastas are amazing and it’s always on the same, high standard. Do try their specials of the day too - you’ll find wonderfully different kinds of pastas on the specials board. Franco himself is on the floor every night and makes all his guests feel like kings and queens. The rest of his staff are super friendly and professional. And you are allowed one bottle of wine with no corkage payable. It’s an absolute gem!
    Can never go wrong with Franco's! Stumbled across their soups and now I am hooked (and so are my friends!) They do a seafood soup in a tomato base crammed with seafood in this heavenly tomato broth. I always ask them to hold on the cream as this broth is just delish! They use the same broth for their mussels. There is also a Ravioli Brodo. The silky meat filled pockets in a tomato broth. Not as heavy as the fish broth, light and almost clear. You can see the finely chopped celery, carrots and onion floating. It is YUM! They also serve a decent Red wine by the glass. They never disappoint!
    Franco's is one of the best restaurants in JHB. Friendly, attentive service with incredibly tasty, hearty food-what more could one ask for! It's the sort of place that you can go to either on a Monday or Friday night. And their corkage policy allows for you to drink your first bottle of wine from home for free!

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