The Antipasto Misti ($17/head) stood out again, this time with Bacala ($17) or flour dusted salt cod.
Next dish to hit the table in was the crispest gloriously unadulterated zucchini flowers;
rapidly followed by vibrant red baby capsicums stuffed with borlotti beans and cotechino modena. This dish was simple, sweet and showed off the baby capsicums beautifully. I would have picked them up had I seen them in a green grocer too.
The pleasure of a tight menu is that we managed to sample all of the pastas between us. I thought my briny bowl of Tagliatelle with plump Boston Bay Mussels, Garlic and Chilli ($17/$23) was the winner; but both the Rotolo of Silverbeet and Ricotta with Sage Butter and Pecorino ($17/$23) and the heaped plate of Spaghetti with Meatballs, Eggplant and Salted Ricotta ($17/$23) earned fans. No photos of the other dishes I am afraid, they were hungry!
They make what is easily Sydney’s best Affogato al Biscerin ($14) by eschewing Frangelico for what we called ‘Mummy’s Special Chocolate Sauce’.
Bicerin di Gianduiotto is really a divine Italian chocolate liqueur. Our delicate 2006 Sicilian Tasca D’Almerita Regaleali Bianco ($54) blend of Inzolia, Grecanico and Catarratto also scored points.
I told you I was already planning to return here in my last review, and I suspect I will always feel eager to return. Just thinking about it makes me wonder, what's on Franco's menu today?
148 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9560 4525