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“An old favourite that never lets you down”

Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria
Ranked #50 of 1,212 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Johannesburg
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“An old favourite that never lets you down”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

As always the meal was excellent, staff friendly and service very good. A plus is being able to bring your own wine (1 bottle / couple).

Visited June 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Wood fired pizza excellence in a relaxed setting”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

With the nearby pharmacies and doctors offices closed for the evening, the location in the upstairs of a small mall seems empty ... Until you enter Francos. The room opens out and will be packed with locals who return time and time again. Still family run you are soon welcomed in and made to feel at home.

The guys working the wood oven are busy baking Pizza's and pasta in the searing heat of the oven. The baked pasta continues to bubble away as it is carried to the table. A good and cost effective wine selection (Montepulciano at R130). The pizza's are thin crust, but generously loaded with toppings, so are very filling. We had started with some garlic/mozzarella bread which was amazing, and you need to share.

The staff are very used to packing doggy bags for the pizza you can't quite fit in. We managed to sneak in the Cappuccino frappe to end and still didn't break the bank. All good, we will be back.

  • Visited July 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“You had better book”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Good food Good service .The family owners make you feel as if you are family.The Grappa is good.There is a variety of pizza toppings to choose from and an array of pasta dishes.
There are also specials of the evening..All dishes are cooked in a wood burning pizza oven.The place buzzes.

Visited June 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great family Italian restaurant”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is wonderful for family visits. My 4 children all have their favourites ranging from pizzas with extraordinary toppings to pasta baked dishes. It is always busy and the buzz is great but I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner! It is ideal for takeaways too. It is a well established family run restaurant; good quality.

Visited June 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Cosy, welcoming and great food!”
Reviewed June 4, 2013 via mobile

We live in the area and have tried to find a restaurant further afield which offers the same friendly, personal service as Franco's and the same delicious food. We are still looking, after several years! Franco's is the restaurant to go to if you are looking for a warm family atmosphere, fresh and tasty dishes, great service and all at a reasonable price. Book first as we have never been there without the restaurant being full.

Visited June 2013
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