A couple of months ago walking down Crown Street in Surry Hills I noticed that Café Sicilia had closed down and was replaced by a new restaurant called Franco Franco. Last Friday night I finally had the opportunity to try this restaurant and I was glad I did.
Franco Franco has white and black titled floors, furnished with dark wooden chairs and tables, Italian oils and ingredients on shelfs and low hanging lighting. In the back is a wood-fire oven where you can watch a team of chefs kneed and throw dough.
Featuring a dedicated chef to make hand made pasta all night and a bar with an extensive selection of Italian imported wines and beers.
Calamari Fritti con Aioli
Soft and tender, perfectly cooked squid encased in a crispy light golden batter. Accompanied by a generous serving of creamy, tangy aioli and served in a mini deep frying basket, this was a great starter to share.
Tagliatelli al Ragu Napoletano
Silky ribbons of home made egg tagliatelli, coated in a hearty ragu of tender pork. The sauce had a rich flavour and I particularly liked the rosemary as it easily complimented the tomato and pork without taking away from them. Adorned with a generous amount of sharp salty pecorino cheese and served in a miniature copper pan this was a fantastic winter warmer.
Al Prosciutto – mozzarella cheese, smoked provola cheese, rocket and prosciutto di parma
This was cooked traditionally with a thin base. The wood fire oven gives the dough a charred smokey flavour which went hand in hand with the smoked provola cheese and mozzarella. Topped with fresh peppery rocket and paper thin slices of prosciutto di parma this pizza didn’t last long on our table.
For authentic Italian dining with pasta made by hand, pizza cooked in a wood fire oven and a selection of meats and cheeses, eat here.
628 Crown Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010