Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2010
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I go to Moody Street in Waltham every now and then for food and drink, but typically head to the lower half of the street (by the river), where a number of restaurants can be found. A couple of weeks ago, however, I went up the hill to do takeout at a local neighborhood joint called Franco's and was greatly impressed by their thin-crust pizza.
Franco's Pizzeria and Pub (not to be confused with Franca's, another pizza joint just off Moody on Felton Street) is a real townie place located beyond much of the hustle and bustle of the lower part of Moody Street, with a no-frills takeout area to the left and an old-school bar and dining area to the right. The bar/dining area has entertainment at night, including karaoke and live music, and it also has video games, pool tables, darts, a jukebox, and Keno. The menu at Franco's includes all kinds of subs as well as salads, Italian dishes (lasagna, ravioli, chicken parm), pub grub (steak tips, chili, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers), and calzones, in addition to pizza.
The pizza that I brought back from Franco's was a classic New York-style pie, with freshly-made pizza dough used to make a thin, foldable, and slightly chewy crust, zesty homemade tomato sauce, and a decent amount of golden cheese on top. It seemed to compare favorably to Sabatino's, another spot in Waltham that features very good thin-crust pizza (and which also has locations in Arlington and Brighton). I'm not ready to say that the pizza at Franco's stacked up to the pies at Regina's in the North End of Boston, but it really was quite good, probably being one of the best New York-style pizzas I've had in the western suburbs of Boston.
If I need to do takeout around the Waltham area once again in the future, Franco's will definitely be on my short list of places to go (along with Sabatino's and the outstanding Carl's Steak Subs on Prospect Street). Perhaps next time I'll try one of their Italian dishes as well, or maybe a calzone, but it will surely be tough to ignore their excellent pizza.
If you would like the address for Franco's, here it is: Franco's Pizzeria and Pub, 714 Moody Street, Waltham, MA, 02453. Phone: (781) 893-7775
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