My teenagers follow a vegan diet, so we always check menus for options they want to eat. Franco's had a build-your-own pasta option. The kids had whole wheat fettuccine with marinara sauce and grilled vegetables. The amount of vegetables (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and zucchini) they received was generous, topping a big bowl of pasta and plentiful homemade sauce. The vegetables were well-seasoned with Italian spices. This dish really hit the spot for them. I had seafood lasagna, which was served in an oval baking dish. It was creamy and cheesy, with a crispy browned top. There was more cheese than seafood, but I like gooey cheese. My husband ordered Tuna Italiano, which was correctly cooked to order. It had been marinated in Italian seasonings and was very tasty. His dish and mine both came with a side of spaghetti with zesty homemade red sauce. I gave my spaghetti to my husband because my lasagna was already more than I could eat. Also, I was a little surprised that my pasta came with a side of additional pasta! The meal came with bottomless salad and garlic rolls. The salad was an iceberg lettuce/red cabbage/carrot mixture with olives, cherry tomatoes, and Italian dressing. The rolls were hot and fresh. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They had some Italian herbs and parmesan cheese on top. We liked everything we had. It was all hot, fresh, and homemade. This restaurant is located in a strip mall next to a Walmart and a Dollar store, which is kind of unfortunate because it might be dismissed as a dining option for this reason. The interior decor was not the most up-to-date. It was very clean and tidy, but it sported artificial flower arrangements faux-Italian figurines. Some redecorating would improve its first impression with customers. The weather was nice, so we ate outside under the awning. In our travels, we've discovered some real gems in strip malls, so we cautiously try strip mall restaurants when the menu and reviews look good. We would definitely eat at Franco's again if we return to Orange Beach.
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