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Delicious by Franco, NW5

Traditional, home cooked Italian grub you can rely on

It’s a gig night for Antonia, Mark, Zoe and I. Cold War Kids at Kentish Town Forum and there’s just enough time for a meal before we head in to the venue. I suggested trying Chicken Shop, which is on Highgate Road near Kentish Town station but as you can’t book we assumed it would be packed, so instead we walked towards to the venue hoping there would be something decent on the way.

We walk past a tiny restaurant with nets, shells and other fishing paraphernalia hanging from the ceiling when it hits Antonia and I that we’ve been here before! It’s the brilliantly named ‘Delicious by Franco’, a family run restaurant and pizzeria specialising in cuisine from Caorle, a small town near Venice. We head inside, take the table by the window and are greeted by the lovely Italian lady (Lucia) who runs the service.

We order some Garlic & Mozzarella Focaccia (£4.50), Marinated Olives (£3.50), Mixed Salad (£4.50) and a bottle of house red (£16), which came to the table in an opened, unmarked bottle, which suggests to me that it’s probably from a box rather than a bottle but it was plenty drinkable.

I’m in a pasta mood so I went for the Tagliatelle Del Marinaio (£13.90) – fresh assorted seafood, king prawns, mussels with black olives, fresh chilli, cooked in a fresh tomato sauce and white wine, which was exactly what I wanted. The others all had pizza, a Florentina (£8.50) spinach, parmesan & sliced chicken breast on herbs, an America (£8.75) red & yellow peppers, chili peppers & Italian spicy Salami, which had enough heat to make Mark cry a little and a Ligure (£8.75) pesto & marinated sundried tomatoes topped with rocket – all cooked in their impressive stone oven by the bar.

  • Delicious by Franco, NW5

    Garlic Bread w/ Mozzarella

  • Delicious by Franco, NW5

    Mixed Salad

  • Delicious by Franco, NW5

    Tagliatelle Marinaio

  • Delicious by Franco, NW5

    America Pizza

  • Delicious by Franco, NW5

    Florentina Pizza

  • Delicious by Franco, NW5

    Ligure Pizza

Delicious by Franco provides good, tasty, traditional Italian home cooking with a relaxed atmosphere and great service. They also have a good value lunch menu with selected pasta dishes at £4.99 and pizzas from £6.99 and varying specials every night.

If I lived in the area, I’d certainly be a regular.

Posted in: 3 Star, Dinner, Italian, North London, Restaurants

The Bill

4 Diners
Garlic & Mozzarella Focaccia £4.50
Olives £3.50
Mixed Salad £4.50
Florentina Pizza £8.50
Ligure Pizza £8.75
America Pizza £8.75
Tagliatelle Marinaio £13.90
House Red x 2 £16 each
Total £84.40
Per person £21.10

Contact Info

320 Kentish Town Road,
London NW5 2HT

020 7482 3460
www.deliciousbyfranco.co.uk

15% discount on takeaways

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The Author

Gary Simmons
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Founder of Scoff London, co-founder of Eat My World and in to all things foodie, Gary has eaten 13 meals in one day, a tarantula, a scorpion, the world's hottest chilli and most expensive soup.

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