We met there and as I entered it was dark and a small space and I struggled to spot Steve at first. It's am intimate dining space - a few small tables for two and a larger table in the window. Romantic and atmospheric, definitely a date place and we were surrounded by mainly couples.
The menu is on the blackboard and consists of a two or three entrees, two mains and two to three desserts and a couple of side dishes. We tend to eat most things so there was enough for us to choose from but I can imagine for fussier eaters it may be difficult and there was no vegetarian main so I wonder what they do in that respect.
There's an obligatory two courses as they are a small business and I guess it has to be worth their while but given the size of the courses, two courses is good.
Steve had the prosciutto, Gorgonzola and witlof salad which was flavourful and robust start to dinner with the saltiness and intensity of prosciutto and blue cheese and then the bitterness of the salad leaves.
We swapped plates halfway through so we could each sample both. The flavours and tenderness of the beef was incredible and then the creamy risotto made this such a dish of comfort and pleasure. The chicken dish was homely and rustic and so tasty. The beef probably edged the chicken dish slightly but both were like a hug from Nonna.
The side dish of green beans and onion was again simply cooked but delicious.
Steve had the plum tart with hazelnut semi freddo. Baked goods like Nonna would make and the semi freddo was soft and creamy and so fragrant with toasty nutty flavours.
We loved our meal at Franco Choo's. Such a great neighbourhood restaurant that is lunderstated, unpretentious and creates platefuls of traditional, tasty goodness.