Franco's Terrace Bar and Restaurant
1 Brentwood Mews, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3DH
Tucked away behind Jesmond's fashionable Brentwood Avenue, a moment's stroll from West Jesmond Metro station, and with free parking, this authentic Italian restaurant is a stylish, hidden gem. The restaurant's black and cream interior gives a modern twist to the classical, featuring black chandeliers and Italian Baroque furniture. Summer evenings are ideal for enjoying the terrace, with its fairy lights and plush wicker furniture. Owners Franco and Judith Graziani offer warm hospitality with which fans of their former restaurants La Famiglia and Paris Texas will be familiar. Diners will be delighted with the mixture of Italian dishes, many of which are recipes from Franco's family in Rome. The menu boasts a range of pasta, pizza, salad, seafood and steak dishes, served in more than generous portions. The extensive wine list comes from various regions of Italy and is incredibly good value. The starter menu includes such sumptuous dishes as 'gamberoni tempura' - lightly battered king prawns with sweet chilli sauce, and 'cozze fresche' featuring amazing mussels in a creamy wine sauce. Black ink pasta with king prawns is a highlight of the menu, 'rib-eye alla griglia' is huge and succulent, and Franco's pizza is to die for. The passion fruit pannacotta is a perfect conclusion, accompanied by limoncello digestivo. With attentive staff, an exciting atmosphere and a wonderful early evening and special lunch menu throughout the week, not forgetting traditional Sunday lunch, Franco's cleverly caters for all kinds of diner. Highly recommended.