Realizing your dreams is all about seizing opportunities, like Nick Clegg, who after the election, jumped at the chance to really not call the shots. Grabbing their chance while they can, the guys behind Franny's Pop-Up.
Serving only for the next eight weeks, Franny's is run by a group of industry types (none owners or chefs) who, upon hearing about a central Soho eatery closing shop, took it over and, in four days, turned it into an Italian-inspired fast-casual spot; with nothing much more than wood floors and colourful chairs, the space is still understandably spartan, but you definitely won't be dining in hell. The quick and easy menu encompasses pasta (Sardinian seafood fregola: small spheres w/ prawns, mussels, clams & calamari), as well as pizza like the BBQ chicken/mozz & smoked cheddar/caramelized onion "Wiseguy", and the luganega sausage/butternut squash/chilli flake "Sonny Boy", who as any tollbooth operator will tell you, really wasn't the wisest guy. Meanwhile the grill's producing 14oz on-bone ribeyes (w/ skinny fries & rocket), seabass fillets w/ baby roasties, roma toms & chilli salsa, and a focaccia burger topped with mozz, crispy pancetta & pesto, cinematically dubbed "The Italian Job" despite not making you Mini.
Booze is cheap and cheerful, with a dozen vinos under £25 and available by glass, bottle, or two sizes of carafe, plus 'tails like 'ritas & Manhattans, and beers including Brooklyn and Red Stripe, which may be out of power, but at least it's not looking practically blue.
Published: November 9, 2010 at 2:00am EST
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