Jozi Lunch/Dinners

Franco’s, Parkview

With a massive cold front pulling through from Cape Town and feeling the need for some comfort food, I set out to find an Italian restaurant. Google is great but the choices are overwhelming! After some searching however I stumbled upon a little, authentic-sounding restaurant called Franco’s.

Franco’s is located on Tyrone Avenue amongst a strip of restaurants. It is not really visible from the street and if you hadn’t heard of it you’d probably miss it all together. The setting is RED and the furnishings are OLD but what a treat it was to find this place. We arrived at 6.45pm to an almost full, buzzing atmosphere of blue-shirted waiters and tables full of people aged from 6 to 100.

The owner’s son greeted and seated us (I would definitely recommend booking any day of the week) and before we knew it we had ordered a garlic focaccia and Klein Rust Sauvignon Blanc. The wine by the glass is limited to Klein Rust but at 250ml of wine, 1 glass is all you need.



This is a typical Italian, family run business. The father pops in and out of the kitchen to check on business and chat to the odd customer, while his son presents the specials and takes the orders (with his fabulous Italian pronunciation). There seemed to be a lack of communication between the staff as we got asked about our drinks and food orders twice and then towards the end almost got left alone completely. This did not however dampen our night in the least.

The food arrived promptly despite the number of people seated and was of the highest quality. The food portions were generous, prices were competitive (below R80 for most dishes), pasta was fresh and the flavours were delightful. We ended off the evening by sharing a double-thick, whiskey don pedro and left Franco’s with a smile.


This is a typical example of ‘simple is better’.  I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian food, whether you are a group or just going out on a date. We will definitely be back as we still need to try out their pizzas!

  • Food 5/5
  • Value 5/5
  • Service 4/5
  • Atmosphere 4/5
  • Overall Rating = 4.5/5

Contact: 011 646 5449