I thought my last review of F&Bs would do and indeed it does but we went again the other day, after seeing The Hobbit and it was so nice that I thought I’d remind you how nice it is. I see others have commented on the sometimes slow service, as I have myself but this time, without booking, we walked in – yes it was quiet – and got a table. They’re an enigma when it comes to service. It was very quiet indeed but we still had to stand and wait for five minutes – which isn't bad for them. A record. I didn’t get it before and I still don’t. The thing is, once you’re in, the table service is great but you can stand at the desk for ages, with staff looking across the room at you. Bewildering for me – and – apparently, for them. Time for an answer Frankie . . . or Benny! Any comment?
Questo fungo è dire sciocchezze.
So, no change there, then. No change with the food either. It’s delicious. The menu is varied and long, which very often is not a good omen but here, it is. We’ve eaten here five or six times now and have always come out smiling. And as I said, once you’ve got a table, the service is great. I particularly like the way they have a stash of tricolor balloons herding in the ceiling over the front desk. There’s always someone jumping up, catching hold of a few and going round topping up balloons on tables. Probably, I think, for birthday groups – in which they excel - I love it.
Scusi. La mia scarpa scoreggiato lì. Succede.
We always have garlic bread to start. It’s Italian style, not French so don’t be surprised at the paper thin pizza base drizzled with oil and garlic. Heaven. We fight over it. This time Elaine had cannelloni with see-through pasta, perfectly cooked. I had a pizza. Now, I’m a pizza snob. I make my own (I’m not saying they’re any good but I’m showing enthusiasm). I have eaten all of the major chain pizzas right back from the ‘70s and it’s hard to find a pukka one. They’re mostly too bready. These are really good pizzas if you like the real thing. The base is thin, crispy round the edge but pliable enough in the middle, that you could, if you wanted to, fold it over, pick it up and eat it while walking up Via Nolana. Mine had slices of F&Bs own sweet, soft meatball, bacon, chicken, ham, salami, fresh crunchy but well-oiled capsicum, fresh red onion and a hint of balsamic vinegar, which surprised me but it was good.
Avete un cardigan per il mio mulo.
No room for dessert this time. We both had fries and they are real, light, crisp, typically un-potato-like American style fries that you can’t stop picking at.
St Austell needs a Café Rouge and a Nandos, now, because as far as great chain eating goes, Frankie and Benny have it stitched.
Oh, and there are still Italian language lesson tapes playing in the stylish, clean rest rooms.
Service (once seated) *****
* Il mio hovercraft è pieno di anguille *** Posso avere una mucca nel mio calzino ***** Frankie and Benny è molto bello
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