We dined at Franco’s on a Saturday night having passed many times and never ventured in. Unlike a lot of restaurants in the area who are heavy on the social media usage there is less buzz about Franco’s so we were keen to try it and we’re really pleased that we did eventually discover this hidden gem in Hove.
Visited: April 2017
The pickled things in jars in the window
The traditional Italian osteria feel
The opportunity to try lots of things in the set menu
With the set menu being the only food available on a Friday or Saturday evening you might struggle if you were looking for just a light bite to eat
Franco’s is a small restaurant with a cosy traditional-Italian feel. On a Friday and Saturday night Franco’s serve only a set menu. There are very few decisions to make – whether you would like meat or fish for your main dish and which of the three homemade pasta options you would like. Once you’ve made those choices you just sit back and let the flow of plates of small Italian delicacies commence.
First to arrive was a ‘Tagliere’ – a chopping board to share – consisting of focaccia, olive oil, olives, ricotta, frittata, cured meats and pickles. Everything was faultless and the home-made pickles were unlike anything we’d tried before.
Next followed three more sharing dishes including, a particular favourite of mine, mozzarella’s creamier relative burrata. Again, the dishes were faultless, arrived promptly and offered a varied taste of Italian dishes.
Next up were two fresh pasta dishes. We opted for the ravioli and the pasta with ragu. There was just enough to try each but not so much food that we were stuffed before the main course. Again, the dishes were spot on and clearly made using fresh ingredients and a bit of love and care.
The main dish was a whole poussin, served seasoned alongside char-grilled broccoli and with a canellini bean and onion salad.
The whole meal was an impressive parade of Italian cooking at its finest in a cosy charming setting. We’d definitely return and will be spreading the word about the excellent food served here.
Overall Verdict: 9/10
Cost of food: The set menu is £25 a head and, we thought, really good value given the quantity, variety and quality. Wine prices vary.
4 Victoria Terrace,
Hove BN3 2WE
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