I just happen to be doing an Italian restaurant review on National Eat Italian Food Day. Trattoria da Franco is located in Old Town Alexandria in a pink townhouse that is 300 years old. Walking up a several stairs, white lights are hung around the entrance. Inside, there are three dining rooms, one upstairs and two downstairs. My table was set up right against a little fireplace. Getting toasty by the fire while eating carbs– is there anything better?
This restaurant has been in town for the past 25 years and on the back of the menu you can learn more about their chef who had previously cooked for the likes of the Queen of England and Winston Churchill. Pretty impressive, I guess.
We started off with the bruschetta for $6.95. The two slices of breads with capers, finely chopped onions and tomatoes were tasty. For dinner I ordered the melanzane parmagiana. Layers of thinly sliced eggplant were sandwiched between melted mozzarella and topped with a creamy marinara and basil sauce.
The flavor itself was delicious, but at times I found myself biting into just the cheese and not finding eggplant for several more bites. There was plenty of sauce on the plate. I ended up wishing I would have ordered their special for the night, pasta (which is all homemade here) with asapargus and chicken in a light cream sauce.
For dessert I split the zuppa inglese. It was a trifle filled sponge cake with custard, strawberries and whipped cream. The menu says “crowned with fresh strawberries” but there were two.
The cake itself was moist but I found the chocolate sauce and whipped cream to be overpowering. If I were to go back I would get some sort of pasta. And, what would make go back is not necessarily the food, but more so the cozy atmosphere.
Also, after reading several other reviews out there one common occurrence seems to problems with the bill. Funny that our bill had an extra $26 dollars added on that we luckily caught prior to paying. Some of the other reviewers weren’t so lucky.