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 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.
|Garlic & Mozzarella Focaccia||£4.50|
|House Red x 2||£16 each|
320 Kentish Town Road,
London NW5 2HT
15% discount on takeaways
Monday – Friday
12:00 – 14:30 & 17:00 – 22:30
16:00 – 23:30