The M4 motorway heading towards the city empties out at Parramatta Road. Thousands of cars pass a small strip of shops located at this junction. At one of these shops is a small family restaurant, Da Franco which has been operated by Franco and his wife Lucy (with occasional help from their son Davide) for over 32 years.
The Dining Out group of 18 members recently stopped in at Da Franco to enjoy a huge ‘set menu’ dinner. For those who have dined before with Franco and Lucy, know to expect large generous servings of traditional, home cooked Italian food.
Our set menu started with antipasto of fresh tomato bruschetta with crispy green salad and Italian bread. Then primo piatto consisted of two pastas; bolognaise spaghetti and cream and mushroom fettucini. Then as our stomachs were pleasantly filled, out came the secondo piatto which was a huge seafood platter of grilled salmon and white fish, lightly crumbed whole giant prawns and grilled peeled prawns.
The wine and conversations flowed richly.
We were so full that no one could order dessert and some of the seafood was taken home as leftovers. But still, Franco, being the generous host, asked if we wanted more!
For some, it was their first time eating here. They decided not to be like the thousands of cars passing by, but vowed to return to this little hidden gem of a restaurant which continues to offer a great dining experience.
A big thanks to Diane Wallbank for organising this event.