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"A reliable and solid Italian staple that has been around for years. Expensive, as all in London, but dependable."
"Reliable but not great and certainly not cheap, I think it trades on its name."
Handily located St James's Italian, Franco's, has reopened after a major refurb. The “efficient” Jermyn Street cafe, which first opened in 1946, has acquired new rich interiors designed by Philip Hooper with vintage photography and mirrored walls.
On the menu: Baccala scaloppini with soft polenta & morel mushrooms; pappardelle with purple broccoli, mussels & chilli and roast guinea fowl breast with cabbage, fontina cheese & pancetta. With sharing plates of beef steak Florentine; slow roast lamb and slow roast goat.
Franco’s in-house pasta favourites include: Linguine with lobster, tomato, chilli & garlic and Pizzoccheri with cabbage, potato & bitto cheese. Low gluten spelt pasta is also available.
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