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Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria

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Tyrone Street | Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 646 5449
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arranged an informal business meeting with out of town associates and, as usual, Franco's produced the goods! Have frequented this establishment on a number of occasions and the hospitality of this family owned and managed operation is top notch! Irrespective of the day and time of the month Franco's is always busy and booking is essential. Will be back soon!

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Thank Geoff W
Johannesburg, South Africa
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we plan a family dinner, Franco's will always be the place to be! The environment is child friendly, the specials are always surprising, portions are big and price is really reasonable! Excellent service! Booking in advance is a must as the place is usually full! My personal favourite is the fish soup and the sirloin steak with garlic/chilli/ herbs... More 

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

Thank you so much for the wonderful review.... It makes it all so worthwhile. More 

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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

This restaurant is consistently good and their processes function like a well-oiled machine. The fact that they care about each table of customers is testimony to their professionalism. They think long-term (not like so many restaurants that charge excessive corkage and alienate their patrons). Well done - may you always go from strength to strength.

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Thank peterjohndutoit
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

Can never go wrong with Franco's! Stumbled across their soups and now I am hooked (and so are my friends!) They do a seafood soup in a tomato base crammed with seafood in this heavenly tomato broth. I always ask them to hold on the cream as this broth is just delish! They use the same broth for their mussels.... More 

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Esher, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is the true type of restaurant of an old fashioned one in Italy. No Glass and chrome here. Having not been there for over a year I was wondering whether it had changed . I was not disappointed. The owner Franco was as always the perfect host. It must be difficult when you have been in the restaurant business... More 

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Thank watchman2015
FrancoForleo, Owner at Franco's Pizzeria and Trattoria, responded to this review

Thank you! It is so pleasing to read your review and this is what makes it all so worthwhile. More 

Durban, South Africa
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44 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Great family resturant, relaxed with a small menu, and alway have great specials. No corkage paid on your own wine if u must take your special wine with u. Great personalized attention and service. Advise on specials was awesome and I was made something off the menu and it was a great recommendation .

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Thank Megananne2015
Johannesburg, South Africa
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Run by the Family, Franco's is a great spot for good Italian food at a very reasonable price. The service was phenominal and the food was really good. I have been there a couple of times and have never had a poor exeprience. Franco and his family really run a good show and it is wises to book.

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1 Thank Spiro Z
Johannesburg, South Africa
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107 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

If you're in the mood for Italian, you won't go wrong with this popular restaurant. It's been around forever, which in itself is a recommendation. It's loud, lively and the food unpretentious. Family run, mama came around to the table to tell us the specials. The salad was smothered in mayo - not my best but the grilled hake was... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Franco's is a favourite of ours and it never fails to disappoint. The family run business, with its authentic Italian feel and decor is a great dinner spot for the whole family. I can safely say that I have yet to have a more delicious pasta than the one Franco can produce.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Recommend by Italian friends. Warm welcome on entering the restaurant from whom was obviously the family "Mama". Simple typical Italian decor/interior. Specials on the chalk board. Limited but adequate & reasonably priced wine list. We shared a beef carpaccio & garlic focaccia to start. One of the best carpaccio we've had in a long time. Fettuccine beef ragout was stunning.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, Pizza
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tyrone Street | Parkview, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 646 5449

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