The rumors have buzzed around for years and I've never been able to make the trip. I pulled up lame and took a ditch day to sample the heaven that is Franco's Pasta.
I caught Franco in a full scale melt down at a customer who wanted his pasta now and Franko had skipped his number because the dish wasn't done yet. After he barked at the customer a few times and belittled him when the dish came up a minute later and then another for wanting a to go box, my order came up, which I greedily horded and headed straight for my truck... I was going to eat this in the confines of my home.
Watching Franco work, you know this man is well trained and versed. He is magic in his tiny kitchen, an orchestra of timing and movement between him and his staff. Plates set up for the orders by the guy working the register. The bread maker drops bread and salad on the plates. Franco makes three pasta dishes at a time in a fresh skillet every time. It is amazing to watch the perfection with which he runs that place. Franco is a true chef, not just a cook.
By the time I got home I was dying. My truck was heavily perfumed of garlic; one of my favorite smells. I rushed inside and grabbed a metal fork and spoon and ripped open the vessle carrying my pasta as if I was ripping off a prom dress. I wanted it bad.
At first bite the moans of, "oh my gosh", started and they never stopped until I'd mopped up the last of the sauce in the container. Linguini and clams was amazing. Pasta cooked al dente, spice to wake the palate and enough garlic to ward off Dracula. It was amazing.
I will be playing hooky again and I will be heading straight there when I do.
Franco, I could kiss you.
Franco's Pasta Cucina
2222 Michelson Dr Ste 206
Irvine, CA 92612
M - F 11A - 2P