I first became aware of Franco & Paolos as my 79 year old Mum kept banging on about how tasty the food was. She regularly frequented the place for the great valued lunchtime specials with her Golden Girl mates.
One Saturday while visiting my Mum I suggested popping over to the restaurant to check it out. I had an arrabiatta penne dish I recall which was delicious with the perfect hint of chilli to complament the bold tomato flavours. I was well impressed and to think you got a drink as well for £5.95!
Anyway as I became a more regular diner, I tried the pizzas for a change. I was bowled over by these. On my first mouthful I called Paolo over to explain. I said hey Paolo how come this pizza is so good. Being a proud neapolitan he said well mi amico it's because the dough is home made and the tomato base is made to a recipe straight out of the street of Naples the greatest place on earth to eat a Pizza!
This was too good to be true and as much as I was loving it I couldn't finish the whole pizza just like a fellow diner from the local pharmacy, who I have seen everytime I go there ... obviously another satisfied customer. Anyway Franco boxed up what I had left as I told him I need my Pizza loving son to try it.
After several visits since my son is now an avid fan too and having just started his summer break he said when are we going to grandmas?? We will be going to the Italian restaurant won't we?!
Like finding a good hairdresser or a car mechanic who doesn't try to rip you off, finding Franco and Paolos feels like a blessing. Whenever I fancy an Italian meal I will always go there and I look forward to trying the 2 course set menu on an evening soon.
Being an avid football fan Franco also keeps me informed on all the latest gossip from St.Mary's and whether Southampton actually have a team left to start the season with following all the transfers out.
For great food, a touch of Italian culture in a friendly environment, check out Franco & Paolo's.
David (Hedge End)
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