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Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria

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Tyrone Street | Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa
011-646-5449
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my favourite Italian restaurant in Johannesburg. The restaurant is vibrant and usually jam packed; it is wise to make a reservation to avoid disappointment The menu is typical Italian, there is wine available, but BYO is allowed. The service at this restaurant is good and the staff very friendly. I am looking forward to my next visit.

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3 Thank Coenraad L
Johannesburg, South Africa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is such a wonderful trattoria for locals. Franco and his staff are always welcoming and always accommodating. And it's a one-of-a-kind place. Not a chain, so you get the feeling you're as much a friend as a paying customer.

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Thank CraiginSA
Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been meaning to say that whenever we go to Francis it is consistently excellent homely friendly and relatively affordable.

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1 Thank Wilsonz16
Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

We have been regular visitors for many years and have always enjoyed the great food and excellent service however on our last visit I had a disappointing incident As usual as I always do I ordered the Veal Limone after a few bites I was sure that the veal was not veal meat was brown and stringy when I queried... More 

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Thank poppi73305
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

My son and I popped in for a quick pizza and pasta. Ravioli was delicious and my sons pizza was good. The staff were attentive and the owners popped past to make sure everything was ok. Well run family restaurant.....decor a bit dated but if you look past that a good Italian restaurant.

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Somerset East, South Africa
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful atmosphere and quality "Italian style food". Great for families and business lunches. Highly recommended.

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Busum, Germany
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49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

For South African circumstances rather expensive. The service was good but with the feeling only to get more tip.

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Thank Hermann W
Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I'm at pains writing this review, given the emotional attachment I have to this place. I have been going to Franco's for over 20-years; time through which their offering has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. Indeed, if I were writing this review, say even 3-years ago, I would have issued Franco's a five-star rating - on every occasion... More 

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Thank VonneStewart
FrancoForleo, Owner at Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria, responded to this review

Dear Vaunski, Thank you for your review. I can assure you that all criticism, be it good or bad is taken very seriously. I have been hands on for all of the 30 years that I have run Franco's Pizzeria and it truly saddens me when we don't meet the high standards we strive to achieve. Kind regards, Franco Forleo More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This is officially our best Trattoria and most preferred by all of the family members. The restaurant is frequently visited by us, as a family. We enjoy the food on every occasion. The service is excellent and personal. Franco you and your family is doing a great job.

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Thank 854johan
FrancoForleo, Owner at Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria, responded to this review

Thank you so much Johan, your review is much appreciated More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

The service and food are consistently good and this remains our Favourite Italian place in town. Pasta shells with butternut ricotta was best pasta we have eaten in ages. Have tried other Italian restaurants but they don't come close. And did i mention prices are good so good value for money.

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Thank steve n
FrancoForleo, Owner at Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria, responded to this review

Thank you Steve, reading your views makes it all so worthwhile... Regards, Franco. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tyrone Street | Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: 011-646-5449

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?