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“Very accomodating”

Ristorante da Franco e Amalia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$17 - US$28
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

We pitched up late on Easter Monday no reservation and the place was busy but they still managed to feed us. Specializes in the local arrosticini lamb skewers to you. Very good and very fresh.

Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 22 September 2015

Are you looking for a menu à la carte? Are you looking for nice designed dishes but very expensive? Are you looking for nouvelle cousine since you like to leave a restaurant very hungry. If you are looking such kind of restaurants so that Franco e Amalia is not for you. Franco e Amalia is for the people who likes the typical, natural, additive free cooking. And who like the rich, deep, colorfull taste of tipycal, traditional and ancient Abruzzi's dishes (unfortunately actually so rare also in Abruzzi's houses). Moreover, and this i a must, the bill will be not expensive at all!

1  Thank giannicolangelo
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Reviewed 13 August 2015

I’m hoping that this is the correct restaurant. The restaurant I intend to review is called Ristorante da Franco e Amalia on their sign and on their Facebook page. The address listed on Facebook is via Cavour 13, whereas on Trip Advisor, the address is via Cavour 10. Surely it’s just discrepancy and not a different place, as there are no other restaurants on this street.

After a long drive from Rome’s airport, this family-run mountain restaurant provided our first taste of wonderful Abruzzo cuisine and hospitality.

There was no menu. Instead, we were offered a choice of the day’s freshly prepared dishes. When asked if we’d like to start with antipasti of some prosciutto and cheese, we had no idea of the bountiful array of produce that was soon to be brought to our table. Along with the delicious prosciutto, we also had different types of local salami and at least four different pecorino cheeses, from mild and young to aged piccante, served with a dish of local honey. Quantity and quality were superb and everything was beautifully presented on wooden boards with floral garnishes.

We ate here twice during our two week stay and both times we opted for the papardelle with cinghiale: chunks of slow-cooked wild boar in a rich tomato sauce. Portion size was ample and we were delighted with the taste. After seeing other diners enjoying the ricotta stuffed ravioli with fresh summer truffles, we ordered it ourselves on our second visit, but, despite obviously being homemade, the ravioli filling was watery and under-seasoned. Still, imagine a UK restaurant presenting you with a whole truffle and a grater and leaving it there for the duration of the meal!

We ordered the homemade cake, which was soaked in syrup and layered with jam. It was okay, but the sweets that came with the coffee at the end of the meal were even better.

All this plus wine came to 44 Euros for two people. I still can’t believe what good food and what good value this is. Even after we’d paid, our waitress offered us complementary grappa or liqueurs which we had to decline because of driving.

The wonderfully hospital family who run this restaurant live on site and it seems to be open “all the time”; however, it’s best to phone ahead, as one night we were the only diners and after we left, I think they closed up for the evening and the chef went out for her evening jog.

Looking at photos on Facebook, this incredibly versatile restaurant can be packed and it hosts birthday celebrations, Karaoke nights with a dance floor, and special themed evenings throughout the year. Lucky for us that it was open and willing to serve two hungry tourists during the “quiet” month of August.

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1  Thank GeorgeHCS
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

If you want to eat healthy good food, look no further. This is a plain but cosy restaurant, homely and with distinct service. I ate wild boar , which was exquisite! You will be welcomed by a series of 'antipasti' or starters which include a platter full of their own as well as local produce: cold cuts, different cheeses, olives etc. don't expect a full menu with a selection of dishes; each day you will find different things, so options are limited to few things.
I recommend it for those looking for authentic cuisine. If you are looking for elaborate furnishings or a' la carte, this place is not for you

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1  Thank ColleenCo
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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile
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