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Italian dining for all the family, the latest venture by Franco, creator of the Flying Pizza. Family restaurants since 1969. Franco's Italian Restaurant at Thorpe Park is now in its fourth year of trading and boasts a first class reputation for good food and friendly hospitality, especially towards family groups with young children. To this purpose Franco has devised a healthy menu sourced from local suppliers to suit diners of all ages. From the best fish available on the local market, to a large selection of familiar Italian pasta, pizza, beef and veal dishes. There is free parking and lots of room for children to play freely in the forecourt patio garden.
PRICE RANGE
£8 - £30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here just before Christmas at the busiest time of year and day, and despite this the service and food was expectational. My friend was stuck in traffic and 45 mins late, and the restaurant was coming up to closing for the afternoon, however...the staff made sure we had ample time to eat at a relaxed pace. The food we had was just wonderful, tasty and portion size was very large and so filling that I had to bring home half of my main course. Its a must place to try , a real traditional Italian restaurant run by the family. Its worth the travel time from Derby for such a wonderful meal.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely friendly staff. As a single diner it was nice to be given a table on the edge. It felt less conspicuous. The best garlic mushrooms I've ever had. Not an intimate dining experience, but definitely great food and attentive staff.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 December 2023

It's not a cosy romantic venue, more of a staff canteen, but the food is excellent and the people are friendly and efficient. In these days of chain eateries (I won't ever call Bella Pasta or Zizzi's a restaurant) it is so nice to have...Italian food that wasn't boiled in the bag. If you want to eat well and talk to people I'd highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 November 2023

A lovely 18th birthday celebration for my grandson. The free olives and garlic bread were great, so don't order a starter as well, unless you are very hungry. My starter was scallops and belly pork, very generous portion and very tasty. I didn't fully appreciate...my seafood pizza, because it was a bit too spicy hot, which I didn't expect, (probably missed that fact on the menu). Overall a lovely occasion with friendly, attentive staff. The chocolate birthday cake was like homemade, and the staff joined in the singing.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023 via mobile

Yes after 20 years we have had enough. Prices increase every time we go and today we find that potato and veggies are now not included. Please vote with your feet and shun this rip of merchant. He has no idea about return customers and...we will not be returning try cantina better pricing and just as friendly.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

What a fantastic restaurant! From the minute we arrived, we were made to feel welcome with friendly and attentive staff and that continued throughout our meal. The food was excellent; delicious and value for money. There was good cross-section of people there including families with...children and of all ages enjoying the atmosphere, including my work colleagues and I. Its such a shame that I do not live close to Leeds, otherwise I would be a regular! 10/10 Franco's! And thank you for a great meal!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Thanks for the review, can't really ask for more than that! Hope you visit next time you're in Leeds!

Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

The best Italian in the UK by far. Francos is renowned in Leeds for its authentic Italian food. That's because the owner is an authentic Italian that was classically trained. It's a real family affair where the owner speaks to every table to ensure that...they are enjoying themselves. I bring our Clients from ACS here all the time and they rave about it. So the next time you are in Leeds and you want some great food, give Francos a try.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Thanks! The big boss Certainly liked reading that. See you Soon.

Reviewed 15 September 2023

Food wasn't great, my personal opinion is there wasn't much flavour, tasted bland. Service wasn't great either, thought some staff came across rude.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Im sorry you didn't like our authentic italian cooking. Thanks for giving us a go.

Reviewed 3 September 2023

Celebration There were 3 large tables and it was a busy Thursday evening. We eat here regularly but the last few times the service has not been good. The food when you eventually get it is alway good.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

At least we can agree that the food is always good, thats the main thing here. The service, you can always improve on. Thanks!

Reviewed 24 August 2023

We booked a table for 7pm for one of our party’s birthday. Some of our party arrived at 6.45pm, and the rest at 7pm. On arrival we were greeted by a scruffy looking gentleman who made a half sarcastic comment about being late- which we...weren’t. After a 20 minute wait we were eventually offered drinks. Our early arrivals weren’t offered a drink while they waited so had been waiting over half an hour at this point for their first drink. After another 10 minutes or so, we had to ask if they could take our food order. With two young children with us, after a further 30 minutes had passed we asked how long our food would be and we’re told it wouldn’t be long. The table next to us who had arrived after us, had received their starters and mains and we were still waiting for starters. We had to ask a further two or three times before we decided to ask to speak to the manager. The scruffy looking gentleman from before turned out to be the owner, Franco. My husband took him to the side and began explaining our situation. Before he had even finished his sentence, Franco began shouting at him and waving his arms saying this is the best food in Leeds and everything was cooked from fresh, no microwave, no nothing. We weren’t disputing this. Our intention was to explain that we had been waiting for over an hour with no explanation when we arrived that there would be a delay. Yes is was busy but he then said that if we hadn’t have been late then this wouldn’t be the case. We arrived at our booked table time but we’re being penalised because some of our party had turned up earlier than our booking. My husband wasn’t able to get a word in so he stood back and allowed Franco to continue to shout at him in front of our party, children, his staff and the whole restaurant. Some of his staff tried to calm him down and he began shouting at them telling them to go away. At this point they began to bring our food out. He began repeatedly shouting “just eat your god damn food for goodness sake” but after the embarrassment of being shouted at by a ‘professional’, we decided we would not be staying and left. He started shouting at another table that we had the wrong attitude… from reading other reviews, he clearly has form and I’m not sure it’s us who has the wrong attitude. Avoid.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

It takes 2 to tango and obviously there are 2 sides to every story. Some accounts take a little more artistic licence than others. However, I'm not looking for a war of words on social media so I'll leave it at that. All we'd like...More

Reviewed 5 August 2023

05/08/23. Franco & Franco Jnr & The Team, Once again Thank You for the Incredible Food & Hospitality & Excellent Service. Second to none in Leeds. Will be back. Will, Nicola & Ruby X.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Thanks Guys. Finally getting round to replying to some of these. Much appreciated!

Reviewed 23 July 2023 via mobile

First time at Francos but for sure not the last. Francos is a lovely Italian restaurant . Staff are extremely friendly and both waiters and the manager , make you feel special. The food was delicious and the potions generous . I recommend it.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

That's what we're aiming for! Hope to see you again soon. Franco.

Reviewed 16 July 2023

Delicious food, great engagement between staff and our party, fair prices. Generous desserts needed to be shared to finish off. We had a great time, thank you.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Thanks for the review. Hopefully next time you'll save a bit more space to finish your dessert!

Reviewed 25 June 2023 via mobile

We have eaten at this restaurant lots of times over the years (we even had our wedding reception there in 2020) last night we went as a group of 13 to celebrate my father in laws 80th birthday. The service is always fantastic. Even the...younger members of staff were so polite and attentive they really are a credit to the restaurant. The food was great and there is always a lovely atmosphere. We will be back again soon without a doubt 👍🏻 well done Franco and Franco Junior keep up the good workMore

Date of visit: June 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

A real family affair by the sounds of it. Thank you very much, it certainly means a lot when you celebrate family occasions with us. See you again soon. Thanks Franco Jnr.

Reviewed 14 May 2023 via mobile

A lovely independent Italian restaurant with friendly staff and fantastic food. Went for a family celebration and was a fantastic choice. The food was great with generous portions

Date of visit: May 2023
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Franco Pardini, Owner at Franco's Thorpe Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2023

Good food and generous portions is what we're known for. No one leaves here hungry! Thanks Robbie!

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4