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 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
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